V is for Vintage Hearty Baking From 1992
Taken from the Issue #8 of NE Love:
Where can you find Vennel’s Cafe? Hidden down a beautifully historic, 16th century ‘vennel’ of course (if you’re a true Northerner, you’ll know this means alleyway). The proof is in the pudding.
Picture the scene... It’s Saturday morning, you’ve already vowed to ‘never drink again’ and you’re craving coffee and carbs to cure the pounding in your head. No, it’s not a mirage in the distance and yes, that is the smell of freshly baked bread waiting to soak up the remaining alcohol in your system.
Follow the cobblestone road and make your way to Vennel’s. Boasting a calm, homely ambience, this is the perfect hideaway to rest your mind and soul to re cooperate from the night before. Their outside terrace, complete with heated overhead lights, offers picturesque views that can be enjoyed come rain or shine.
They’re open 7 days a week, with everything made fresh daily on the premises so, whether it’s a vibrant and fresh salad to get you back on track with your New Year’s Resolution or generously filled sandwiches on your choice of bread from an intriguing selection that you crave;
Vennel’s are at your service. Need to satisfy that sweet tooth? Go for their afternoon tea with dangerously addictive and divine carrot cake, chocolate cake and banoffi pie. Go on, eat cake - it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere
They have plenty of seats and plenty of experience to provide you with a slick service and both honed and homely menu. But don’t wait until you have a hangover; this is comfort food in the comfiest surroundings, anytime any day
71 Saddler Street, Saddlers Courtyard,
Durham City Centre, County Durham,
DH1 3NP. Words by: Ashley Eaton