Sunderland City Centre has been in dire need of a facelift for quite some time. As a ‘Towny’ I’ve been around for the highs and the lows. The city has finally started to open new doors, present new opportunities and really gain its sense of atmosphere back.
The Sunderland foodie scene has come on leaps and bounds over the last year or so, especially around the ‘Cultural Quarter’. Keel Square and surrounding areas have become the cities hotspots for not only food but nightlife too.
The transformation of the area around the old Fire Station and Crowtree has seen an encouraging increase in trade which has had a knock-on effect in neighbouring pubs. No 2 Church Lane is apart of the handful of pubs near the Minster Quarter which has quite rightly earnt it’s self the sparkling reputation of serving the best burgers in the city! And I can wholeheartedly agree.
Last week myself and my boyfriend headed down to the joint for a bite to eat. No 2 Church Lane has an edgy feel to it. The interior has a vintage influence, encouraging a relaxed, chilled atmosphere. We were warmly welcomed in by Tanika, our waitress, who let us choose a seat and then introduced us to the menu, explaining how to order at the bar. She couldn’t have been more helpful! Friendly staff really make an experience, don’t they?
No 2 Church Lane has an exceptional drinks menu, boasting a selection of 70 beers and a whole range of fruity cocktails. I was designated driver so Tanika managed to make me a Strawberry Daiquiri Mocktail and my boyfriend went for the Cola On The Rocks, they were so thirst quenching.
The actual food menu as a whole is amazing, there is so much selection and something for everyone. I’ve visited once before and knew how big the burgers are so I tried not to give into the temptation of a starter BUT how could I say no to Halloumi Fries? I couldn’t.
We decided to share the Halloumi Fries (£3.95) which are basically thick cut Halloumi served with a sriracha mayonnaise. It took us a while to decide which burger we wanted as, to be honest, we wanted them all. They literally all sound incredible. After much deliberation, I went for the ‘Come Swine With Me’ (£9.50) which is a 6oz patty topped with bacon, melted cheese served with Churchy’s sauce. My boyfriend went for ‘The Pizza’ (£9.95) burger, which is a 6oz patty topped with pepperoni, mozzarella and home-made pizza sauce.
If your mouth isn’t watering by now, then what’s wrong with you?! Just look at these plates of delight, utter heaven on a plate! We asked for the Halloumi to arrive with our burgers since we were sharing and they were just divine. I love halloumi anyway, but these were the best halloumi fries I’ve ever tasted, even better than the ones I ate in London!
Once we’d demolished the halloumi we dived into our burgers. Mine was totally superb, the meat was so juicy and chunky which combined with the melted cheese and thick bacon was scrumptious! ‘The Pizza’ burger didn’t disappoint either, out of this world. The mozzarella oozed all over the pepperoni complimenting the pizza sauce which was also very cheesy! It left me feeling a little bit jealous, so I did have a little bit. It was an overload of taste! The fries were delicious too cooked to perfection. You can actually upgrade your fries if you’re feeling risky, my boyfriend umm’d about getting the loaded pizza fries but didn’t just in case it was too much pizza!
Overall our burgers were extremely tasty and I’d urge everyone to go and try, they even have a great Vegan menu plus it’s really good value for money. We had a fantastic evening at No 2 Church Lane and will most certainly be back again soon. They always have great deals and specials on their food and their hosting series of mini-festivals over the summer at 2 Church Lane celebrating the best in food and drink. It started with a fantastic Gin Festival last month, and this month is a Rum Festival and there’s a Prosecco & Fine Food Festival. I’ll definitely be attending the Prosecco one! Make sure you check No 2 Church Lane out.
*This is a collaborative post.