The setting of Love Lily Tearoom is so enviable. The floor-to-ceiling windows look out over Roker Beach in Sunderland and there’s something just so delightful in settling down here for breakfast, brunch or lunch after a walk full of sea air.
I’ve visited Love Lily Tearoom twice – twice in a week in fact, which wasn’t deliberate. But I’m glad it happened as it meant I got to try a good selection of the menu!
On my first visit, I was out for a lunch date with friends, and we were seated inside the tearoom which is beautifully decorated (an Instagrammer’s dream!). Everything on the menu sounds delicious, and it was hard to make a choice of whether to go sweet or savoury. If you have seen Love Lily’s Instagram page before, then you’ll know they are well-known in the region for their amazing American pancake stacks.
This time though, I decided to go savoury and have a toasted ciabatta of braised ham hock, English cheddar and homemade dill pickles – so that I could have a big wedge of cake afterwards! I thought it would be overkill (and my sweet tooth isn’t what it used to be) to have sweet pancakes and then a slice of cake!
I was happy with my choice as the toasted ciabatta was lovely – perfect portion size, full of flavour and served with a nice house slaw, crisps and salad. All that you want in a lunch!
After eyeing up the cake counter for a long time, I decided to get a slice funfetti cake. Just looking at it made me happy! I loved the pastel blue frosting colour and the speckled sprinkles in the sponge. It was lovely and light and sweet.
I left happy, knowing that I was returning in a few days time and that I would most certainly get pancakes!
My next visit was one a busy weekend morning with my cousins (I think there was six of us in total), and although we arrived shortly after Love Lily opened, there were queues out of the door! However, we didn’t have to wait long before we were shown a table outside. I must say this, the staff know what they are doing. They were great at organising the queue of people, working the tables to get people quickly seated and then once we were seated they were attentive without hurrying you along. Spot on.
On to the pancakes. It was hard trying to choose what to have. From Lotus Biscoff and Chocobanana to The American which came with grilled bacon and syrup… all the options sounded delicious. In the end, I decided to go for the Not As Naughty pancakes which come with homemade granola, greek yoghurt, strawberries and honey after seeing it being served at one of the other tables!
It was fab. I loved the different textures of the crunchy granola with the sweet soft strawberries, it really was delicious. I only wish they did them in half sizes as it was far too much food for me! I also think they look gorgeous presentation-wise, but would have liked for the topping to be equally distributed amongst the pancakes layers instead of decadently poured on top as it left my lower pancake levels a little bit dry.
I’ve now got my heart set on trying their afternoon tea sometime, as well as visiting their bakery Love Lily Cakes in Pallion, Sunderland which opened last year.
Also, it’s worth noting that Love Lily Tearoom have a specials board on the back wall with monthly, limited-time-only dishes. It’s worth checking out! This month, special dishes include Love Lily Hash and Eton Mess Pancakes.
If you haven’t visited Love Lily Tearoom yet, why not make a plan to visit the Sunderland coast for a nice walk along the beach and the pier then stop here for a bite to eat? Sounds like a fantastic day out to me.