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Vennel's Cafe

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

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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
Free Prosecco!

This looked intriguing as it tucked away off the main street. Visited here yesterday after a uni visit day and had a lovely cheese and chutney roll, whilst my son had a bowl of soup. Service was quick and food was tasty. We got free prosecco as they were celebrating. It was raining which was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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SE London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Solid no nonsense cooking. Decent Greek Salad with good homemade bread though lacked enough tomato and home made cakes eg Banoffee and Lemon both decent standard. Plenty of seating in and out. Good place to stop off for tea or more. Good to bring kids and dogs!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This looked intriguing as it tucked away off the main street. Visited here yesterday after a uni visit day and had a lovely cheese and chutney roll, whilst my son had a bowl of soup. Service was quick and food was tasty. We got free prosecco as they were celebrating. It was raining which was a shame as there was... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Tucked away just off a cobbled street, this looked a charming well established cafe. My mother used to visit here when she lived in Durham, some 60 years ago. She lived it, she had a hand carved ham sandwich and thought it was lovely. I had a huge slice of chocolate cake and again it was lovely. I just found... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Every time i go to Vennels i am impressed at the quality of the place. The food and staff are always of the highest standard, and combined with the unique location, it is easy to see why customers always return. I note that Vennels are opening until 7pm as of next week, where they are offering a free glass of... More 

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

It's a lovely setting and plenty of seating is available but the food is pretty average. Had the Stilton and pear salad but there was not much pear and very basic salad so a bit disappointing all in all.

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Hong Kong, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Having been many times in years gone by I really feel this place has retained its great atmosphere and food quality. What Vennel's make they make to the best quality so I always expect the highest. Having said that I felt my bacon sandwich was a little dry, but a Vennel's average is still another place's excellent. I had tea... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Visited today 11th June brand new menus what a surprise everything looked lovely although a little bit busy on counter a few things were ,to high to see but it was ok overall tried the Greek salad it was lovely bread was a touch dry but taste was there girls are always so pleasant and very friendly keep up the... More 

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Darlington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

It's so easy to miss this cafe as you're walking through Durham on your way from the market place to the cathedral (or vice versa). However, keep your eyes open for the signage and go where the locals go! It's a great spot for lunch or coffee/tea and one of their gorgeous home-made cakes. They have a lovely outdoor courtyard... More 

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U.K.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Especially nice on a fine day when one may eat outside in the courtyard - but choose your seating with care as some areas can be chilly if there is even a slight breeze. Waiting staff will carry trays of food to the tables, a great help. Toilets are inside, up two flights of stairs.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Tucked away up an alley in Saddler Street this has downstairs, upstairs and outside courtyard seating (with shades and heaters if needed). The food is always good, the place is always busy (good sign) but there are enough seats. And being away from the street it is quiet, away from traffic and noisy buskers.

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

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  • 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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