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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