If music was the food of love, then I’d be a fat romantic slob.
Not my words, but a line I could loosely apply to my experience at the Robert Gillow’s Jazz Breakfast, resurrected after a short break for Saturday and Sunday mornings.
My family and I cycled into Lancaster one Sunday morning a few weeks back to enjoy a leisurely “second breakfast” at the Market Street pub.
Lancaster musicians Jon Moore and Sue Parish were setting up on the guitar and piano respectively, but aside from their warm welcome the pub was pretty much empty other than the staff.
We took a seat on a big leather sofa and set the kids their usual challenge of simply behaving themselves.
Food wise, the morning menu includes the Champagne Breakfast (£7.50) – a glass of prosecco, strawberries and croissants – which my wife Liz didn’t take much talking into, given that it was her birthday.
For me, the full English breakfast (£8) was the one and only option and the kids were more than happy with a pain au chocolat and a juice apiece.
Coffee arrived in good time, followed by the food, by which time Sue Parish had started her solo set on the famous Gillow stage.
Full English included eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, black pudding and toast.
A winning combination of course, and one that was plentiful and assured me of not having to eat another meal until teatime.
Other customers started to file in as Sue continued to present a fine selection of jazz and folk songs from her overflowing repertoire.
Liz was treated to a rendition of happy birthday from Sue, which did not embarrass her in the slightest (!), and then Jon Moore took to the guitar for another relaxing session of music as we sat back and simply enjoyed the environment.
We spent two hours in the Robert Gillow for what was an extremely pleasurable and laid back experience, with Sue taking some time out to chat to us, and the kids, about music, cats...and house spiders.
We found it to be a perfect place for a Sunday morning unwind. Our total bill came to £28, and that included a half pint of ale for the road.