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Vennel's Cafe

71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Ranked #33 of 251 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, English
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Despite the lovely location, the staff is not particularly friendly, the overall hygiene level is not sufficient.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Whenever I go into Durham, if I am there around lunchtime, I always go to Vennels. I visited again today and was not disappointed, the food is delicious because it is fresh and made to order. No prepacked sandwiches here. It's a quirky place there is a courtyard if you want to eat outside. The only negative aspect to this... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I visit this cafe frequently, always good food and friendly service. The outside area is a real asset, even in winter (heaters installed). I rarely visit Durham without dropping in to Vennels. Keep up the good work.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Haven't visited Vennels for a long time until today (purely because I no longer work in Durham) but it was as good as ever, if not better. Fabulous homemade quiche and cakes and a bottomless pot of tea. We'll be back.

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Cupar, Scotland, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Lovely home-baking, excellent teas and fabulous building. This is our favourite place for coffee/tea and cakes in Durham. there is ample seating although it is often full due to being very popular. Staff are friendly.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Vennels is up a tiny passage in Durham as you go up towards the Cathedral. The choice of food is small but this is because it is all baked daily and I much prefer this. The cheese scone was delicious. Highly recommended.

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Athens, Greece
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5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I was so excited when I first bumped into this little caffe. The atmosphere and the place was so beautiful I thought that was the perfect place for lunch and a good book. But when I got there the stuff was SO rude and the food was TERRIBLE bad quality and bad recipes as well. Not value for money at... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I wished to find a place to meet over lunch with my youth group, whilst we worked on a community project and Vennel's was recommended by several of the group's members. I arrived at 12, secured a table upstairs then went to the counter downstairs to order. I ordered the white bean crush sandwich and had the plate almost thrown... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Harassed to leave after half an hour when not all of us chose to purchase anything. Unwelcoming and rude.

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Kauneonga Lake, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Vennels was recommended to us by a County Durham local and boy did they do us a favor. My daughter, 8 year old grandson and I had lunch there. The food was excellent and the desserts to die for! Our eyes were much bigger than our stomachs as were ordered way too much but couldn't resist. The cafe is very... More

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