The Snow Goose

How nice has the weather been this week? (Although I’ve heard it’s not going to last… Nooooooo!)

Anyway, my in-laws invited me and the baby for a walk along Sunderland seafront earlier this week. Sea air and sunshine, a perfect combination for me. After growing up in South Shields with a view of the sea from my bedroom window, I always enjoy a walk along the coast when the weather is good. (When it’s bad I still go but just sit in the parked car, looking out at the sea, while eating chips I’ve picked up from a nearby fish and chip shop.)

We parked the car in Roker and then walked along to Sunderland Marina. It was so nice to feel the heat of the sun on my neck and it was a pleasant walk. We ended up by the Marine Activities Centre and adjoining the building was The Snow Goose, a lovely little café where we had lunch.

I liked the nautical décor (it couldn’t really be anything else with the harbour just there!) There’s outdoor seating which was very busy on this sunny day so we opted for a table inside.

The café sells the usual stuff: sandwiches, toasties, paninis, scones, cakes, hot drinks etc. I ordered a hot, toasted pitta of ham and cheese. The picture doesn’t look like much but it was tasty, generous with the filing and the addition of a side salad and crisps made it a substantial lunch.

For dessert I ordered a white chocolate and raspberry slice from the specials on the blackboard. It was served with a humongous dollop of cream which was far too much, but the star of the day was my mother-in-law’s brownie which was excellent and the size of a brick! (She wrapped it in a napkin and took it home for later!)

They haves lots of nautical nicknacks for sale, and a freezer full of good ol’ Minchella’s ice cream that you can enjoy in a tub or cone. They had toilets with wheelchair access but no baby changing facilities.

With a relaxed and homely feel, good priced food and lots of seating, it’s an enjoyable stop off after a walk near Sunderland harbour.

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