We had decided ages ago that yesterday would be the day to go to Sheffield, so Dan made a picnic, we got into the car and set off. Nearly three hours later we arrived. In Sunderland.
We had very briefly been to Sunderland before, but we only saw the beach and The Stadium of Light, I have to confess until that day I didn't even know Sunderland was near the sea. But it is and it's lovely!
|A beautiful day, but very hazy. Towards Roker, from Seaburn|
|The Winter Gardens|
I say one of the best things because even though we took a picnic we did leave space for cake, and we found cake at The Good Apple Cafe on Derwent Street. I can't praise this little place highly enough, well worth a visit if you're in the area. It is a vegetarian cafe, but when we visited all the cakes were suitable for vegans.
I had a nice cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake, Dan went for a carrot cake muffin.
It's a small place, with only 7 tables but it packs a lot in (including Mackie's haggis and cracked pepper crisps)! I was pleased to see that they also offer a suspended coffee service, which meant we could pay an extra £2 and if someone in need of a warm drink came in they could have one for no cost, at the end of each month if there is money in the kitty left over then it is donated to a local group to help people directly which is great.
We have also have come away with a courgette & lime cupcake and a peanut butter blondie. Well, Sunderland to St Anne's is a pretty long drive!