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Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Sunday Post: Durham Eats - Velvet Elvis

As you'll probably already know, I'm an absolute sucker for a cute little cafe and finding hidden gems in my hometown could probably be listed as a hobby of mine if we're being honest! So last Sunday Karl and I set out with the aim of finding a new place for us to haunt on a weekend and I think we've found the one. Velvet Elvis is an adorable little cafe situated above a clothes shop in the centre of Durham City and if I'm being honest I didn't even know it was there until a few days before we went, meaning it fits the term "hidden gem" perfectly. 

 The interior is right up my street with a relaxed, vintage but kooky vibe. Records line the walls as you walk up the stairs and the main coffee shop is small and cosy without it being really cramped which is in my opinion the best way for a coffee shop to be. We sat on a table right by the window with a beautiful view of the cathedral and the river - I'm always drawn towards window seats regardless and obviously amazing views like this are a bonus (and the good lighting for blog photos may or may not have something to do with it....)

For anyone who's local, the shop is just opposite Starbucks next to the entrance to the Newgate Shopping Centre!

Now ont o the important part - the food. The menu is made up of breakfast foods and light bites like sandwiches and bagels. I went for a brie and cranberry bagel with a banoffee milkshake while Karl went for strawberry milkshake with the ham and cheese croissant and all I can say is yum. They said they were still learning with the milkshakes but I can hand on heart say that it was the best milkshake I've ever ever ever ever had in my life (um hello it had a Lotus Biscoff in it!). The food was uh-mazing and came served on a board (which I know some people aren't fond of but I happen to love) with coleslaw and beetroot in little glasses - adorable or what? 

To make it even better, our bill came to just over £12 which I thought was absolutely fantastic. We had amazing service, amazing food and an amazing atmosphere so not only is the cafe a hidden gem it's also affordable. We will definitely be going back - I've been dreaming about the macarons that were in the display cabinet for the last week! 

Have you found any hidden gems recently?

Amy x

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  1. I seriously love the arctic monkey's post! Also the food looks INCREDIBLE.

  2. The sign outside is hilarious! This place looks great, the food looks so delicious!


  3. This just looks so cute! Plus those milkshakes look divine! x


  4. Oh my god, those milkshakes look so good!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  5. this is such a cool little place, i wish that there were more places near me like this. and £12 is a bargain! x

    Leanne's Lifestyle Blog

  6. This cafe looks incredible! The milkshakes are just drool worthy <3
    She Will Be

  7. This place looks amazing! Made me crave milkshakes now!

    Records of my Troubles

  8. That's such great value for money! I can never resist a bagel either :) x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

  9. The pictures of the food have got my stomach grumbling- & that place looks really nice and peaceful! x
    Holly x
    The Twins' Wardrobe

  10. Haven't been to Durham in ages! This looks delicious :)

    North of London

  11. I love exploring and discovering new cafes too. I live in Manchester so there are always loads of quirky cafes and shops :)

  12. Looks so good, great views too! I'll have to visit next time I'm in Durham x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  13. Definitely going to give this place a try!

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

  14. How have I never seen this before? Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to have a look when I'm in town on Satueday.

    Katie x



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