I’ve done a bit of Instagram creeping of late to see if there are any new foodie places in the North East worth visiting. One that came to my attention was Love Lily, a beautiful little cafe opposite the beach in Sunderland. It has been around for a while but the team have recently started heavily promoting their vegan option, which is why they ended up on my radar.
We popped down for a sunny brunch, although we disappointingly missed out on their Breakfast menu that they stop serving at 11:30am. This features many vegan dishes such as a full breakfast and pancakes, while the All Day menu we were left to order from had Avocado on Toast. There was a special of Tuscan Bean Soup which was vegan-friendly, but given the 25 degree heat outside I wasn’t so keen.
Thankfully the cake cabinet made up for the lack of savoury options and was the main reason why I wanted to visit Love Lily. This is one cafe where you’ll definitely find more than one egg and dairy free cake on offer! The day we visited there were 2 brownie choices, some doughuts and a chocolate torte. Not many independent, or chain for that matter, establishments would normally have so many sweets to choose from unless they were.. well, vegan 🙂
My friend ordered a Croque Monsieur (definitely not vegan) while I tucked into the Avo on Toast. As the plate arrived a member of staff reassured me the spread on the toast was dairy free. I also had a soya milk hot chocolate, while Dinky tucked into her diddy doughnut.
I have to say that £1.95 for this tiny doughnut was eye-wateringly expensive and I feel maybe two might have been a fairer portion given the price. Still, Dinky seemed to enjoy them. My hands are quite small, to give you an idea of size.
The Avocado was nice, although it would have been nice to see something a little more adventurous on the menu for those who don’t eat meat or dairy. At £4.55 it was fairly priced compared to other versions of the dish we’ve had elsewhere.
The cakes were some of the best we’ve had in the area and made our visit. I would definitely recommend popping in to Love Lily on the strength of these alone. The Biscoff Blondie with its banana flavour was moist, while the paleo and gluten free Chocolate Torte I had was way superior to any found in chains like Zizzi. Never has raw food tasted so good to me!
Apart from the pricing of the doughnuts, the only other constructive feedback I’d give is about how they plate their delicious cakes. While it was fine to put a paper napkin under the Blondie and Dinky’s Doughnut, it was definitely difficult to eat the Torte with it on the plate. On the side would suffice.
We’ll definitely pop back as I want to try out the breakfast options. The friendly staff and plentiful sweet treats make Love Lily somewhere you must try in Sunderland. We were told they also have a vegan afternoon tea available on request.
Thanks for reading,