By Amy Nicholls from the North East Eats blog
Amongst a sea of grey buildings standing side by side, the bold pink exterior of Love Lily kindly invites you inside on a cold wintery lunchtime at Roker Seafront.
It is no secret that this popular cafe does the best pancakes in town (the white chocolate and strawberry being a personal favourite), but today we came in to sample their savoury food too and we were not disappointed. It is not just your average brunch so although prices are on the high side, you get your money’s worth in quality and portion size!
It is important to note that Love Lily does not take bookings (and for an avid planner like me, this can sometimes be stressful); however, Love Lily’s is definitely worth the wait should there be a queue of other hungry diners waiting to sample their infamous brunch menu.
This popular cafe has also recently opened a new venue in Pallion, which should most definitely help avoid any wait time disappointment – but no disappointment today! Upon arrival, we were pleased to see that there was no queue and we sat straight down, excited and hungry. The waitress was smiley and attentive and in no time our food and drinks arrived.
We first of all sampled the Nutella latte, and although I don’t like coffee myself, I even liked the taste – I mean Nutella makes everything better, right? They also have the vastest array of hot chocolates I have ever seen: from crunchie to malteaser, to kinder to dinosaur, to cinnamon to unicorn – now, that’s my cup of tea!
Our food came next and we had the breakfast burger and the Love Lily breakfast. The breakfast burger came stacked with two sausage patties, mounds of streaky bacon (I’ll get on to the quality of the ingredients next), a perfectly cooked fried egg, potato rosti, Monterey Jack cheese and chilli jam, and if that wasn’t enough it also came with a side of crispy potatoes and a chipotle Mayo dipping sauce. Delicious!
The Love Lily breakfast also had sausage, bacon and egg, with the addition of well seasoned tomatoes, mushrooms and kale. The sausages taste like ‘proper’ Lincolnshire sausages (my favourite), and the bacon is thick and the perfect crispiness. We enjoyed every mouthful and safe to say we could not move once we had finished – well, that didn’t stop us taking home two slices of their amazing cakes for later (we got the kinder and sticky toffee pudding). It would have been rude not to.
If you want a challenge when you visit, order a savoury breakfast and a pancake stack – we would love to know if you complete it. We have been defeated every time but one day – one day we will be victorious!
It is no surprise Love Lily has had to open a second site, and after visiting this cafe numerous times over the past couple of years, I have never been disappointed with the quality and creativity of both their food and drinks. I have tried to replicate their pancakes at home but have never came close, even with buying some of their yummy sauces and pancake toppings from their small gift shop. Although I did, and still, love this place for their sweet treats, I know I will be visiting many more times to sample more of both their pancake creations and their delicious savoury menu too.