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Vennel's Cafe

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71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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Durham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this place and go there whenever I'm in town. Great salads, great scones and fantastic cakes. Excellent seating courtyard when the weathers fine

Thank Tim5760
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely lovely good but a bit on the expensive side. Perhaps for a special occasion rather than shopping. Sandwich was large and very tasty. Good veggie selection. Nice hot tea.

Thank joy m
Durham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am a Durham resident and whenever shopping , browsing or meeting friends in Durham I pop into Vennels and always sit in the courtyard. I am not a smoker but love the ambience of this ancient building and its surroundings. In the winter the courtyard has under canopy heaters and the tables are protected from the wind. The staff... More 

Thank v j
Buxworth, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love pies this is your place .. The seating outside was very busy due to good weather but inside there were a few tables .. The pies are superb ...We had the corned beef pie with salad and coleslaw and the Quiche which was very tasty indeed .. A great little hidden away cafe ... We will be... More 

Thank michelle c
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is such a cosy little café to warm up in with a hot chocolate on a winter day. The food all looks amazing though sadly I couldn't test it as I only had enough change for a hotchocolate and they don't accept card payment :(

Thank AnastasiaL20
Le Teilleul, France
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, the cafe isn't very wheelchair friendly and the staff like to clear tables as quickly as they can. However, you can't alter the position of the cafe (a 'vennel' is a narrow passageway between house gable ends) and it is very busy, hence the tables need to be cleared as soon as they are vacated. We were really happy... More 

Thank sonnetpete
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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163 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small place Hidden away nice little court yard for a sunny day Ham sandwich and mustard Mayo nice carved ham and water around 6.50 Everything coming out looked good..and the cake !!

Thank happytimes23
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a busy Saturday in August after pointers in Durham had recommended it to us obviously they don't eat there what can I say the food was a big disappointment I had a quiche and salad that was horrible there was no real filling apart from egg which was so rubbery I had trouble chewing it my wife had... More 

Thank Dave D
Whickham, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were nice the prices were reasonable, but what let me down was I left the table for 5 mins to take a call just a few meters from table at back door were outside tables are. I come back and my unfinished food had been taken from table. I brought this up with staff who did offer me... More 

Thank Debbie C
Durham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch today the menu was limited, fine if you want scones sandwiches or cakes. It was very full, the seating and tables are too close together. The entrance is via a narrow ally with steps which would make it impossible for wheelchairs. We had a jacket potato which was very good but I found the staff not very helpful. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  County Durham  >  Durham

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?