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Cafe, British
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We sat outside under the awning of this very characterful cafe in Durham which is really worth visiting. I had a BLT which was really good but my partner's North Sea Chowder looked really splendid and i at least got to taste the prawns! Quite...busy but well run with very friendly staff.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic place. Just off market place, hidden up a ginnel but well worth searching out.very quaint inside, and deceptively big, has upstairs rooms as well. Food is fantastic and very reasonably priced. The wife loved her” Stinky Stilton Scone!! Staff are fantastic, reall make you...feel welcome, a big thank you to all. Definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A locally based friend took us here for our lunch. It was a very pleasant surprise with a lovely ambiance and good food in an ancient building. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely historic building with excellent food generous portions and really happy staff. Super fast service. Sorry we left a lot of food because I over ordered and I have a hideously picky other half. Really impressed on my first visit to Durham in 35 years...to find a little gem. Tasty grub and good coffee. Wish I had taken the carrot cake with me. Plenty of space in what we thought must be a Tudor building? Reminded me of a bigger version of Sally Lunns which is in Bath, and a favourite of mine, so I’m very happy. Will be back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 4 September 2021

The sandwiches here are amazing. I also tried breakfast and it was lovely. The scones are mega and the aesthetic inside is so cute! Will be back :)

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 1 June 2021 via mobile

Stopped off here while waiting for my daughter who was doing a tour of the university. Great pot of Earl Grey and delicious little cake

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 31 May 2021

This is a unique, rare little find but it’s a shame they only serve press button machine coffee 🧐 for a quirky little historic cafe, i am surprised they don’t provide a barista style well ground coffee and have a full coffee machine on hand....The food and cakes are great but it would be extra special to talk about if it was served with beautiful artisan coffee and beverages. Still worth a visit for food and if you have a dog as it’s very animal friendly even provides a doggy menu 😂More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 29 May 2021 via mobile

First visit and won't be our last. Carrot cake was delicious as was the Feta quiche, coffee was hot and a decent size mug. Vast selection of food which all looked delicious. Nice courtyard seating area, also a few tables inside. We will definitely be...back .More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 26 May 2021

Staff excellent but shocking prices.£4.95 for a bacon sandwich....really?1 rasher.tea and coffee from a machine.recently took over by a family I hear have multiple eating establishments in the city.and it shows.all about the profit not a patch on previous owners.first rule of business.know your clientele.could...have had a full English for a fiver at wetherspoons.wont be returningMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 25 May 2021

Charged £17 for bog standard sandwiches and two teas. Sandwiches not as good as Greggs much cheaper equivalents. Cold and draughty - everyone sitting with coats on. Once bitten...

Date of visit: May 2021
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10 August 2019|
Response from Doncorn_13 | Reviewed this property |
There are tables outside in the courtyard, undercover and with heaters, for dog owners.
30 June 2017|
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Response from juliemclaughlin1 | Reviewed this property |
hi, im just a reviewer, but i love this little cafe, really nice coffee and numerous teas to pick from, the Quiches are lovely but if you like coffee & a cake the Banoffee pie etc are to die for, i think the prices are okay... More
11 April 2017|
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Response from H4377USjamesm | Reviewed this property |
Access is via a narrow path from the road leading up to the cathedral. In the cafe the floor is not level and has steps from what I can remember. You maybe able to get to the outdoor courtyard and someone else could go... More
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Yes, Vennel's Cafe offers takeaway services.

Vennel's Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5