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The best coffee in Durham, by a country mile.

Flat White

21 Elvet Bridge Durham DH1 3AA 07789951149

We say

When it opened back in 2010, this was the coffee house that Durham had been crying out for – the perfect blend of barista knowhow and laidback loveliness. Squished into a hideaway courtyard near Elvet Bridge, the tight-squeeze interior takes 'thrift store chic' as its mantra, with distressed flooring, artfully placed crates and racks, and a jumble of wooden tables and chairs. The shady courtyard is nice at any time of year too, with cushions ranged along the outdoor seats. The coffee? Straight from a Newcastle roastery and majestic, of course, as it would have to be if you're going to name yourself after that most iconic of modern coffee styles. There's breakfast until noon – think salami, rocket and cream cheese bagel or a bacon sourdough sarnie – while sandwiches and salads plough an inventive Mediterranean furrow. Our favourite touch? The thoughtful offer a glass of Sav Blanc or Merlot if coffee doesn't float your boat. You don't get that in Costa, no sirree.

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How much?

Coffee from £1.85, breakfast, sandwiches and snacks £1.50–£6.50.


  • Brunch Available
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeaway Available


Tues–Sat 9.30am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm.

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