Jumping Bean Cafe

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5 Neville St, Durham, England, DH1 4EY

Non-veg turned vegetarian cafe in 2013. Serves soup of the day, breakfast food, and sandwiches. Many items can be made vegan, if not already. Relaxed atmosphere with quiet music. Open Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Western, Take-out

15 Reviews

First Review by saramarshall

Full of beans - Edit

On my first visit to the Jumping Bean cafe I remember leaving quite disappointed. The hummus sandwich was very bland but the coffee was excellent. However, fast forward a couple of years and it is amazing how a new menu can revitalise a place. On the menu there is so much more selection, all of which is or can be made vegan. I decided to order the Pulled P dog, whilst my wife ordered the currywurst, both of which were accompanied by chips and dips. The 'dogs' were delicious and had a very good 'meat like' texture to them and for under £7, a bargain. We also ordered a refreshing lemon and ginger tea. Although the menu has changed, the staff have remained as friendly as ever and the cafe still has that relaxing atmosphere to it. Next time we will get cake!

Pros: Good vegan food, Atmosphere, Location and staff

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Lovely little place - Edit

We went on Easter Sunday for lunch. Place is small but very cosy. The staff were really friendly and nice to the kids. The food we had was really tasty, especially the stack burger, dirty fries, mudpie and peanut butter Oreo milkshake the kids had. The "meat" in the burger and bacon was really close to real meat! Everything was veggie but could be made vegan.

Pros: Really tasty food , friendly staff , reasonably priced

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love this place - Edit

Used to go in all the time, then it had a makeover and changed the menu - was a bit unsure to start with but oh wow the food is amazing. I got a Pulled P Dog (entirely vegan) and it was delicious. After I got some Vegan Gluten Free Ginger Cake and some Vegan Chocolate Cake, both were some of the best cake I have ever eaten. Staff were lovely and service was great :)

Pros: delicious food, great customer service, friendly staff

Cons: small cafe so might not get a table when its busy

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But it's all right now, in fact, it's a gas! - Edit

Very nice homely and friendly veggie cafe just up the bank after turning right coming out of the bus station on North Road. The coffee is pretty awesome and worth the effort for that alone. The food is freshly prepared, tasty and quite creative. We are looking at hearty sandwiches, toasties and wraps such as veggie sausage, jalapeño and cheese (dairy or vegan). They also have some impressive vegan cakes and I mean impressive. It's a living room kind atmosphere here but very welcoming and perfectly located in a busy part of the City. A genuinely lovely place. Enjoy.

Pros: friendly, location, atmosphere

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Brilliant independent veggie/vegan cafe - Edit

Lovely cafe close to the bus station. Great coffee, sandwiches, salads, soup, breackfast options and vegan cakes. The staff are super nice and the place is very cosy. They display artwork from local artists on the walls. Very reasonable priced. Totally recommend!

Pros: Vegan cake options

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Great cafe - Edit

Cosy cafe in a central location. Tasty food, good vegan options including cake.

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Casual cafe - Edit

Tasty high quality snack style foods are enjoyed by many in this popular cafe. The staff are friendly and knowledgable on vegan matters. Good central location next to the bus station.

Pros: good vegan choices , tasty food and coffee

Cons: can be abit cold in the winter

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Can't wait to go back! - Edit

Went there with omnivore friend, really nice atmosphere, friendly staff. The food is simple, affordable, and delicious! I was disappointed that they don't have mains, or simply more dishes... but I've only been there once, so there's still lots for me to try :)

Pros: Affordable food, Lots of vegan options, Friendly staff

Cons: Small(ish) space, Small (but great) menu

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Cute little place up a side street - Edit

I hadn't been to Durham for years, so after checking out Happycow & discovering this little gem in the centre of town I made way there. There are many tables as it is a small place and I can see this being popular with student community, but there are a couple of tables outside on the veranda.
I had the soya capaccino and some lovely orange flapjack, which was done as a "Flapapccino" deal for £4 very reasonable I thought. A nice friendly atmosphere and definitely somewhere I'd go back to.

Pros: Good Deal, Friendly Atmosphere

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Adorable, and does glutenfree! - Edit

Had lunch here at a trip to Durham. The cafe has a lovely friendly and homely atmosphere. The food is good and there are various options for gluten-free vegan. The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable about their products. It isn't the biggest place, so if you go with a group during busy hours, beware that you may need to wait a moment or do a game of musical chairs to get everyone a seat, but visitors all seemed very willing to make space ensure everyone was comfortable.
Would definitely go again if I go back to Durham.

Pros: Friendly, Gluten free vegan, Tasty Food

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Cute cafe - Edit

Jumping Bean is a hidden gem; tucked away on a side street, we struggled to find it (being unfamiliar with the area) but once we did we were glad we'd made the trip!
It is small but does have some outdoor seating as well. When we visited it was slightly chaotic but the staff couldn't have been more helpful and were friendly despite the pressure of a busy cafe.
We both had soup (roasted pepper I think) and a toasted sandwich (one vegan, one vegetarian) plus drinks and cake - we were stuffed and enjoyed our food. There was a good choice for vegans and obviously all of the food is vegetarian.
Would I go again? Yes, if I was in the area I would definitely eat there again.

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff

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Very nice, very vegan friendly - Edit

I am from Durham and go back to visit about twice a year. We can hardly ever eat out together because of the total lack of vegan food in the north. Finally this year we could eat together, at the Jumping Bean - LOTS of vegan options including desserts and vegan cheese. We had stew and a sandwich. MY parents had vegetarian options, me and my boyfriend had vegan options and i could even have gf bread. Perfect. The guy serving us (owner i think) new exactly what was vegan on the menu and was very chatty. SO glad someone filled the gap in the market and brought a well needed vegan cafe to Durham.

Pros: Plenty of vegan and GF options, Well informed, helpful staff , Open kitchen

Cons: Doesn't take card - cash only, It deserves a better location

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great little cafe - Edit

In Durham for the day and have just had a late lunch here. Very relaxed little place off of one of Durham's busy main streets. Had soup and a sandwich for less than £5. The leek & potato soup was very tasty. The cafe serves some interesting sandwich fillings, there will be something for everyone. I really enjoyed the spinach falafel and spicy pickle.
Good relaxing variety of music playing in the background. A perfect place lunch or just drink coffee and read a book or the papers. I look forward to returning.

Pros: good value, friendly owner, good food

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Excellent - Edit

A really lovely place for something vegan to eat and drink with vegan cheese and soya milk etc.

Very tasty toasties and soups at reasonable prices. Also a lovely bowl of vegan stew for just a £1.

Staff very friendly and service fast. A selection of board games to play if you fancy.

Pros: Lots of Vegan Food, Reasonable Prices, Friendly staff and very welcoming.

Cons: None

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Great cafe, great food, great service - Edit

I'm so glad we found this place. The food was amazing, good value and the two owners are so friendly. They do a soup/sandwich deal for £5-6, I believe the soup of the day is always vegan (Spanish stew on the day we visited) and you can choose the sandwich out of many options on the menu. My friend had toasted mozarella, basil and tomato. I had hummus, sundried tomatoes and olives on thick brown bread. They have several cakes and brownies, all vegan. I took a piece of chocolate cake to go. All of the food was delicious and the atmosphere was really relaxed and peaceful. Fully recommended.

Pros: Food, Staff, Atmosphere

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