Quaffer & Scoffer

Karl Lilley outside Pinkville cafe Conisbrough
Karl Lilley outside Pinkville cafe Conisbrough

pinkville is a newly opened intimate cafe/restaurant on Church Street, Conisbrough. And as the name suggests, the whole theme of the place is pink, pink and more pink...

I visited on a Friday lunchtime at around 12.30pm and was warmly welcomed by chef Karl Lilley, who chatted about his plans for the venture.

Pinkville is a work in progress as Karl discovers which of his creations will go down well with his customers. In the daytime, the restaurant offers a full range of food, from breakfasts to soups and freshly baked cakes and pastries, sometimes presented with an original slant.

Karl is a former miner who trained as a chef in Australias top eateries - his menu reflects Aussie sensibilities.

Eggs Benedict is one rare choice not seen much in South Yorkshire but particularly favoured down under.

I chose the Full Monty Breakfast at £5.50 with tea at £1.

Settling down at the table I took in the decor. It is like a Barbie Doll playhouse. The chairs and table are pink with white polka dots.

The walls and decorations are pink, as is the cutlery. Although the restaurant is not yet licensed for alcohol, there is a coffee bar-cum-sweet shop with jar after jar of children’s sweets.

The meal was large but not over facing, with rashers of speciality bacon, button mushrooms, grilled cherry tomatoes, two eggs cooked ‘over easy’, two Cumberland sausages and two rounds of toast.

The bacon was crisp and smoky prepared with a garnish of fried leeks, which added a nice original touch.

All the ingredients were top quality, with the option of beans or tinned tomatoes if preferred.

Karl told me he is planning to introduce a range of locally sourced steaks over the coming weeks, expanding the choice of food for a more upmarket evening eating experience.

It is refreshing to see an enthusiastic and fresh approach to eating out in the Don and Dearne.