I like to support family-run, local cafes where I can and Lily and Arthur’s is one of my favourite places to go in Wigan. I know one of the owners and creative master-minds, Alex. I am so thrilled that her business is doing well, she always made the most superb cakes and bakes and styled them beautifully which is now channelled through into the culture at Lily and Arthur’s.
Lily and Arthur’s was inspired by Alex’s Grandparents and their love of good food which they passed down through the generations, you can read about the story here and there is a definite nod to them throughout the café through the décor and some lovely old, black and white photographs of them. You almost think they could be there running the little kitchen in the back. The family have certainly done them proud; it is always busy and there are two large trestle tables in the back room which are always full of people having a great time and enjoying great food. But equally I have been made to feel most welcome sitting by the window with a good book, pot of tea and bowl of soup.
The walls are painted in a warm, rich blue and the whole place has a retro-vintage/shabby chic vibe which I love. As you walk in, the counter displays a mouth-watering selection of cakes – tall and handsome sponges, fruit-packed tea loaves, cupcakes piled high with perfectly swirled frosting and huge scones filled with lashings of strawberry jam and cream. Behind is a shelf which is groaning with stacked, pretty, mismatch china cups and saucers which they serve their tea in. There are some lovely touches on the tables too like Black Treacle and Golden Syrup tins for holding the sugar and cutlery and old milk bottles for your table water.
I think it’s seriously good value for money and compared what you pay through the nose for these days at some chain establishments. Everything is super fresh, tasty, locally sourced and generous in size. I have had the full-monty sandwich for breakfast before and didn’t eat again until supper! The sandwiches are served on thick cut granary bread (unless you prefer white) and crammed with delicious fillings- a few favourites of ours are the salt beef, chicken and avocado and spicy chicken. There is a great selection of hot and cold drinks, including white hot chocolate. The brownies are deliciously gooey and rich and have a surprise twist each time you go- so far I have sampled peanut butter brownies, salted caramel and my personal favourite – cherry Bakewell brownies. You can tell we don’t go often…