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Vennel's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Coffee Shop, English
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71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always a Pleasure

When in Durham we always call here for coffee and scone. They make them fresh on morning and a good choice. I had date today. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Dogs are allowed outside which is heated in the winter.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
SSHebe
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Durham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

When in Durham we always call here for coffee and scone. They make them fresh on morning and a good choice. I had date today. Staff are so friendly and helpful. Dogs are allowed outside which is heated in the winter.

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Durham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Just might go unnoticed if you did not know it was there. Always a friendly welcome from staff, and the home made food is of excellent quality and reasonably priced.It is a must for our coffee break when visiting Durham.

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Durham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a hidden gem in Durham City The food is fresh wellcooked and tasty, staff very professional. Olde world atmosphere

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Durham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

No idea what people expect from coffee shops sometimes....this is a very friendly and unique place to grab a bite to eat. The staff are friendly and ALWAYS polite and helpful, and as for the comment re the phone..it may have been an important issue that needed responding to....you cant assume young people are using facebook all the time! If... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I used to visit this cafe quite often as a student but it seems to have changed. During a recent visit the soup was dire - vegetable broth that was more like pureed vegetables which lacked any seasoning whatsoever; it was like eating baby food. There was a waitress hiding behind a partition upstairs watching people whilst updating Facebook and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I've been going to vennels since I was very young and it has always been a part of my weekend routine, lovely friendly staff, and delicious fresh food, the chocolate cake is a must! Varied menu for lunch and all food tastes fresh, as it is all cooked and prepared on the premises. Forever a favourite coffee stop for me

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

In Durham? Then you found it. lunch for three, thoroughly recommend, nice cappo, reasonable pricing, nice interior/venue and service good even on a very busy lunchtime. what more do you want?

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Loved it as a student as tucked away up a back seat but always a lovely bustling atmosphere. Sun trap in summer and snuggly in winter. Gorgeous food and drink, HUGE portions and friendly staff. Just wish it was slightly cheaper.

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Tynemouth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Tucked away up an alley beside a silversmith of note, this delightful café with irresistible desserts and snacks makes a great place to spend time having coffee, lunch, or afternoon tea.There is both outside and indoor eating, lots of stairs for late diners as there is another floor upstairs. (Staff will carry orders upstairs for people if necessary, just ask)

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Always easier to use the side door if you wish to be served quickly - a little pokey but the food is always consistent

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, English

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