Don’t miss Durham’s hidden Café gem

Looking for a new local Café that serves freshly prepared breakfast and lunch dishes of restaurant quality for a fraction of the cost? Offering a gluten free menu with ingredients sourced from local suppliers? Then you really need to pay a visit to Café Dafté .

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Café Dafté is based within the Pulman Volkswagen (Abbey Road) and Pulman SKODA (Belmont) Durham showrooms. Not what you would usually find in a car showroom! But this is something unique to Pulman Group.

outside of volkswagen durham

A new summer menu has just launched with a wide selection of freshly prepared choices! The most important meal of the day – breakfast and what better way to start with a full English available for only £5.25; saving some room for elevenses why not opt for the light English breakfast for only £4.25.

With a selection of beans on toast, scrambled egg or even poached egg on toast for only £2.40 the menu caters for all appetites. Some of the breakfast specials Café Dafté are renowned for include the bacon or sausage sandwich on choice of bun, waffles with bacon and eggs and the fantastic eggs benedict. Of course, there are the classic toast, porridge or fruit granola options available as well.

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Samantha Gilholm, Manager at Café Dafté comments: “We’re extremely pleased to announce that our brand-new summer menu is now available to the public. Over the past 6 months we’ve collated feedback from our customers to help shape our new menu whilst ensuring that the new additions continue to offer a gluten free alternative and are made from locally sourced ingredients.”

Some of the new lunch additions include a delicious freshly prepared chicken Caesar salad, with crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons, grated parmesan and grilled chicken breast, served with a Café Dafté homemade Caesar sauce. A traditional cheese burger and meatball sub both served with hand cut chips are exciting additions to the menu. Looking for that vegetarian option? There are two new options: the Mediterranean vegetable moussaka or a pea & parmesan risotto.

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This café is a real hidden gem in Durham, yes it is located in the Pulman showrooms, but they are open to the public. You don’t have to be a customer of Pulman to enjoy this fantastic Café which boast very competitive prices for all menu items. The quality of the menu and the dishes are more bistro, restaurant quality than what you would normally find in a café! You can even enjoy the fantastic range of drinks available from Earl Grey’s tea, to illy Coffee.


We’ve enjoyed some glorious sunshine over the last few weeks, if you are in the area you can even pop in and enjoy a delicious Beckleberry ice-cream; vanilla, strawberry, chocolate fudge and hazelnut flavours another locally sourced offering from the heart of the North-East.

Pulman inspired the Café concept in their flagship Volkswagen Abbey Road showroom nearly 20 years ago and replicated the concept in their state of the art SKODA showroom which opened last year. It gives their customers and the local public a treat that you wouldn’t expect in a car showroom. Quality fresh food, in a relaxed atmosphere with free wifi and a choice of a gluten free menu. With rave reviews on TripAdvisor, Café Dafté is a must-visit restaurant in it’s own right.