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Vennel's Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Cafe, British
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available
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All reviews quiche scones banoffee pie cake salad soups bread jacket potato pastry narrow alley hidden away home made lovely cafe saddler street outside seating area lovely homemade light lunch
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have visited Vennels many times while shopping in Durham . It still remains our favourite in spite of much recent competition in newly opened coffee shops. Food is always fresh with the best scones anywhere, and the welcome is warm. The ancient premises add...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank janet s
Reviewed 4 days ago

Up a secret snicket. on the way to the Cathedral, this little gem is a wonderful lunchtime treat. Very busy, with a great atmosphere.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank janicem241
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love the atmosphere in this secretive little cafe, hidden away at the top of a snickelway. The floors are all wooden and uneven giving great character.The decor is warm and inviting with an open fire. Two floors to choose from and delicious food and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Jackie H
Reviewed 22 December 2018

Called in today just after 11am for coffee and a scone. Once again they had sold out of scones. This has happend too many times in the past. Why do you not cater for customers needs and bake more scones? Have found another cafe now...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Alan W
Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

I took my daughter for lunch on her last day of term, lovely food - soup, quiche, salad - but the staff are the stars. Really welcoming and very good service.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Soutanglie
Reviewed 10 December 2018 via mobile

We spotted this cafe hidden away up an alleyway on our visit to Durham. We had coffee and cake which was delicious. I loved the ambience of the place, it’s very olde world. There is a larger seating area upstairs and also a outside area...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jbackhouse136
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

Really cosy little gem of a cafe tucked away in the back alleyways of Durham. Fantastic and friendly atmosphere. Real rustic menu at good prices. Choose a bowl of soup with nice cut of bread or and this was the excuse for my second visit.....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank gawinc2016
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Visited here in a Sunday lunchtime, I had the excellent corned beef pie and salad whilst my wife had a lovely ham and tomato sandwich both washed down with a pot of tea. This is our usual place to stop for either a morning coffee...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank johnsN4334BM
Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile

My mum had cheese & onion quiche with tea and I had hot chocolate with a delicious nutty flapjack! We both absolutely loved our food and the hot chocolate was one of the best I have ever tried! I have visited many times and will...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank J0234
Reviewed 14 November 2018

My Wife and I happened to be in Durham, something that happens less frequently these days due to parking charges and the loos of the big name shops, and we fancied a coffee and a small smattering of something. Vennel's is a short walk up...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Richard B
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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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