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Vennel's Cafe

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71 Saddler Street, Durham DH1 3NP, England
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were very impressed with this hidden gem !!! Just called in for a light lunch which was of the highest quality, the corned beef pie was excellent, served with a lovely fresh salad and home made date & apple chutney, the staff were very pleasant and we would definitely return

Thank rabyroadster
Cumming, Georgia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Amazing little cafe tucked away in a little courtyard accessible only by a narrow pathway. The courtyard has wonderful atmosphere and seating and the building it self is from the 16th century. The food is nice and at just the right price point.

Thank Charlotte C
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Vennel's is tucked away up a narrow pathway and just looks like a single width door from the road. Great little place which was absolutely buzzing when we dropped in. Good selection of sandwiched and cakes. Food all made to order and quickly too. Small outside seating area which is in a lovely little courtyard. Well worth a visit.

Thank Zimmer6403
Durham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Durham? Then you should try Vennel's café. An ancient property tucked away up a narrow alley. Excellent food at modest prices.

Thank Peter A
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really impressed with the food and the staff were so friendly, kind and helpful - carrying my tray and finding me a free table outside, as I was carrying my two year old, and bringing me a high chair. The cafe is up a steep narrow alley, but it is worth pushing the pram up there! There are... More 

Thank Caroline P
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Durham for the day and was keen to eat in a local cafe, not a chain. I found this little gem up a small lane and had a very nice baked potato. It was ready while I was still standing at the counter. It seemed to be very popular and there were lots of other nice things... More 

Thank Alastair N
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Now the umpteenth time I have been back to this place and it never fails to please. Even late in the afternoon there was a welcome and still a fair selection of baked goods to choose from. Good coffee and cake and excellent customer service as always, search this place out it will not disappoint.

Thank Dunelm59
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vennel's has always been a great little cafe in Durham, its reputation has never faulted. Love the outside courtyard in good weather, and inside the cafe is cosy and warm. Visited on Saturday with a friend, ordered lattes, the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich, the tomato soup and a delicious slice of carrot cake. All the cakes are beautiful... More 

Thank ash921
Ponteland, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Led a Treasure Hunt around Durham and all met for evening meal at Vennels. Good food and wonderful service. The venue is ideally suite for private parties. The desserts are unbelievable! If you drop in for a coffee in the morning the cheese scones are fantastic. You really should try the ones made with blue cheese. It is a must... More 

Thank andyanderson777
Hope, New Jersey
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157 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This informal café is excellent for the type. The atmosphere is very appealing and the food, very, very good. It may be the best informal place in Durham for lunch. I highly recommend it even though I'm not giving it an Excellent rating

Thank ShortStack12

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?