Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe and coffee shop with vegan options including sandwiches, burgers, paninis, breakfast, cakes, coffee, and drinks. Has house-made stone baked pizzas with vegan cheese as an option. Est. Nov 2017. Serving meat and no longer vegetarian as of February 2022. Open Mon-Sat 11:00-16:00. Closed Sun.

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42 Reviews

First Review by KarenHorridge


Points +87

14 Jul 2023

Pragmatic change that I understand

Since my 5 star review I was sad to come back and see that the place had changed to an omnivorous cafe.

After talking to the owner I completely understand from a business point of view (local vegans were not supporting in large numbers the place wasn’t making money).

No hard feelings, but had to edit due to my initial score being based on the vegan cafe that I visited.

Updated from previous review on 2023-07-14

Pros: Delicious vegan food , Good banter , Rington’s tea



Points +2581

09 Oct 2022


We came here for lunch this weekend and it was a bit of a disappointment unfortunately. There were only 3 very limited vegan options on the menu (one burger, one soup or one salad) - there wasn't a single vegan sandwich on the menu because they make their bread with egg wash. We both ended up having the burger and despite it being a madras burger it was bland and mushy. I understand vegan options can be a bit limited in Durham but even so I won't be coming back.


Points +76

12 Jul 2022

Loved it. Meeting expectations

Ok finally got to eat here. They just finished a successful crowd funding to stay open. Congratulations guys. So they have had to put on some meat options to stay open. Better than loosing bean social all together yes.

Great place to 🐝

Pros: Vegan and vegetarian mainly, Great vegan food and Cake, Great atmosphere

Cons: Had too include some meat options to stay open.


Points +16

12 Jul 2022

Would rate 5 stars if it let me

Been Vegan for a while now. This is easily the best veggie/vegan friendly café in Durham. It's a predominantly veggie café with some meat options as they had to widen their customer base due lockdowns, the cost of living crisis and a botched bus station development. I'm looking forward to when they can add their full range of vegan options back onto the menu!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news to some of my fellow vegans but if you want places to stay plant-based you need to actually support them!

Pros: Best Burgers, Great Atmosphere!, Friendly staff!

Cons: Bus traffic - but that's out of their control!


Points +494

03 Jul 2022

Great little cafe

Friendly staff, cosy location. Wonderful food - we had the sausage rolls which were beautiful.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff


Points +16

25 Feb 2022

Great food served with integrity. Ethically sourced produce. Friendly staff.

It’s reassuring to eat delicious vegan food from a kitchen where you can see the care going into the preparation and the presentation.

Updated from previous review on 2022-02-25

Pros: Plenty of choice, Caters for everyone’s eating habits

Cons: So tasty I eat more than I should.


Points +149

23 Feb 2022

Great local veggie cafe

Visited here a few times and the food is always lovely. The staff are always both helpful and friendly. There’s less of a menu post covid but what they do have is lovely. I’ve recently had the vegan burger which is homemade and delicious, as are their cakes. They have started selling meat for sandwiches but the location has probably lost them trade and they’ve not had a choice. The location isn’t great at the moment as north road is being used for buses whilst they build the new bus station, so it’s a bit crazy and I know people avoid it (north road) for that reason.

Updated from previous review on 2022-02-23

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff , Decent price

Cons: Small (like most of Durham), North road, Now sells meat


Points +16

11 Feb 2022

Lovely lunch

Gorgeous homemade vegan burger in a lovely relaxed friendly atmosphere,loads of vegan and veggie options on offer,yes there is a couple of meat options on the menu but the cafe does not claim to be exclusively veggie/vegan,much more choice of vegan food here than other places in Durham and all home made in an open view kitchen,will certainly eat here more often

Pros: Lots of vegan/veggie options , Lovely atmosphere , Friendly staff

Cons: None


Points +138

10 Feb 2022

Not good anymore sadly

Used to be very good. Unfortunately things changed and now they serve meat. The overall other food isn't very nice and nothing like the food they used to serve.

Updated from previous review on 2018-03-18

Pros: No pros

Cons: Now serves meat.


10 Feb 2022

Bean Social no longer vegetarian. Serves ham and chicken. See their new menu.


12 Jul 2022

In their defence. If BS had not diversified to add some meat alternative they would be out of business. I still go to pubs where they have the odd vegan dish. At least here it's the other way round mainly vegan and vegetarian with some meat options. Winning a successful crowd funder to keep it open. Says allot about this little café
Remember if more vegans and vegetarians used bean social. it wouldn't have to resort to selling meat alternatives

If you don't use it, you loose it. Just saying🌱


29 Jul 2022

I can see why you would assume that people didn't use the cafe but that's not the case. They had really excellent vegan food made well but changes ie change in the kitchen meant that the food wasn't nice any more so they lost customers.


04 Aug 2022

Yes they now sell meat options,this would probably not be the case if the large Durham vegan community supported the place instead of supporting other cafes that sold meat products, and the vegan veggie food at Bean Social is still the best in Durham


Points +11

Mostly Veg
10 Feb 2022

No longer a veggie cafe

Was great when this was a veggie cafe which mostly served vegan food. Now they've added ham and chicken to the menu. Really disappointing.

Also the rating system won't let me rate it 1* because it's apparently fully vegetarian - this is no longer the case.

Pros: Good location

Cons: No longer a veggie cafe


15 Jul 2022

Winning a successful crowd funder to keep it open. Says allot about this little café and the support of its loyal customers.

If you don't use it, you loose it. Just saying🌱


Points +590

05 Jan 2022

Watery soup and a burger that tasted of nothing more than oil.

The mushroom soup tasted of thyme and nothing else. The burger came with no sauce and tasted of oil.

Updated from previous review on 2021-12-13

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Over priced , Sells dairy


Points +55

18 Dec 2021

Close to bus station

Pleasant atmosphere, but the classic burger had chopped iceberg
lettuce a bagel and crisps plus nothing. Not really worth it. Needs frills.

Pros: All veggie, Helpful staff, Clean

Cons: Dull food


Points +91

Mostly Veg
14 Dec 2021

Soup and coffee

The whole atmosphere!!! I only had time for soup and a black coffee but both were absolutely wonderful, pleasant staff, enthusiasm and pride in their menu and recipes…my first visit will not be my last and worth travelling to get to, I took a couple of pics to send to my daughter

Updated from previous review on 2021-12-14

Pros: Vegan options, Variety, Service

Cons: None


Points +59

28 Oct 2021

Lovely lunch

The food was delicious, and the staff were very friendly. It was also convenient as it’s not too far from the centre, and it wasn’t that expensive. The only negatives were that there was quite a small selection (mainly because they’d ran out of most things) and although the place was close to empty, we were still sat at a tiny table.


Points +17

20 Sep 2021

Delicious cafe, friendly staff

Charming cafe with delicious veg/vegan food. But when they run out, they are out. So, go earlier for the best selection.

They also have cute but limited outdoor seating in the back.


Points +78

26 Aug 2021


Visited today and the food was delicious as well as the staff

Pros: Lots of vegan cake!, Lots of vegan meals!, Very affordable


Points +32

06 Jul 2021

Homemade delicious vegan options

I've been to Bean Social recently (July 2021) and had an excellent experience. Almost all the options were vegan. As I understand it, they have recently decided to simplify the menu to work on producing higher quality food in-house and the results are great. A smaller menu, but interesting meals that are unique to Bean Social and change regularly. Teas by Newcastle-based Ringtons were also delicious. And really great service too!

The main change I'd like would be for there to be the option to have a side salad with meals.

Pros: Great food, Friendly Staff, Reasonably priced

Cons: Location isn't perfect


Points +207

16 Oct 2020

Great food, relaxed, friendly

Loved this casual cafe with friendly staff, small cosy atmosphere. Had the smoky jackfruit burger and it was delicious - strong and beautiful flavour but also not greasy or heavy.

Pros: Smoky jackfruit burger, Mostly vegan menu


Points +726

15 Oct 2020

Great place!

I love it here, the owner is lovely and very chatty, open to telling you about the food and his place! Very understanding about vegans and I feel safe eating here even with dairy allergies so great for vegans! I had the burgle and it was homemade, it was amazing and nothing like anything you could buy in the supermarkets! Very well priced and great value for money!

Pros: Great options for vegans too, Lovely little place , Lovely owner


Points +53

11 Aug 2020

Coffee & Cake🤪

Very helpful staff and great coffee and cake! Recommended 5* 👏

Pros: Range of vegan options!


Points +20

25 Jul 2020

Excellent vegan options

Very warm welcome, incredibly nice vegan lemon drizzle cake, and great value! The place to go for vegan in Durham


Points +21611

05 Jan 2020

Another heart has made the grade

Absolutely love this place. Excellent vegan options including pizzas, burgers, wraps and cakes. On the opening weekend in December 2017 we had a couple of coffees and one of their sensational home made must try vegan sausage rolls. They could even be used as pacifiers for vegan children!! On many subsequent visits we’ve had many of their unique sweet and savoury creations, too many too mention. Sufficient to say their burgers are absolute smash hits. Lovely interior that has constantly developed over the years. I do miss the high table though. As of late 2019 their beer, games and food collaboration evenings with Middlesborough-based Hops and Dots brewery and Meeple Games next door have been hugely enjoyable and successful. There’s even a 'secret' garden at the back. You’ve bean socialised!!

Pros: great location , staff , vegan options


Points +273

31 Oct 2019

Lemon drizzle cake.....

Friendly place, nice food. I had a vegan cheese toastie with salsa.
Pumpkin spiced latte ... so creamy, far better than the ones in Costa in my opinion.. coffee tasted fab.
They had alot of yummy looking cake .. I tried the lemon drizzle , it tasted really light and citrusy.
Noticed they do a toastie and tea deal for £5.00 ... great value.

Pros: Good vegan options. Good value.


Points +97

26 Aug 2019

That day we had Bean Social.

Dubious to try another vegan restaurant due to allergies I was pleasantly surprised and really taken aback at how utterly excellent the the team were at Bean Social. Every question was answered about the gluten free options and the chef even said to contact her if I had any recommendations! The lemon loaf cake was so dense and really heavy with lemon which is such a big thumbs up from me. The falafel and chutney wrap with crisps and salad was a nice light lunch too and the wrap was heated to perfection. I will be trying a lot of things from the menu. Thank you Bean Social!

Pros: Excellent customer service

Cons: None


Points +46

16 Aug 2019

Good options and friendly staff

The menu is about 50% vegan but the staff told me that they can do any of it vegan so there are plenty of yummy options! The staff were super friendly and the food was well priced

Pros: Good options, Very affordable, Good opening hours


Points +200

31 Jul 2019

Good breakfast options

It's best to come here in mornings for some breakfast as their best foods are served at this time


Points +13

11 Jul 2019


Bean social does not claim to be totally vegan but the wonderful staff always advise on ingredients and are very happy to discuss any recipe and ingredients used. The atmosphere is convivial and friendly and the food is freshly made for each order, this can sometimes take a little while but is well worth the wait. I cannot recommended Bean Social highly enough!

Pros: Excellent food, Value for money, Friendly and informed staff

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