SCRUMPTIOUS CASUAL LUNCH: Memory Lane’s friendly service, wholesome foods and lovely setting


Port Elizabeth’s historic Richmond Hill suburb remains one of my favourite areas to relax and dine. The suburb’s beautiful colonial-era buildings, churches and tall trees are enhanced by its many eateries – among the most well-known is Memory Lane, found at No.2 Bingley Street.

After hearing that the coffee shop had recently gained new ownership, I took a work colleague to check it out.

From the minute I got out of the car, I loved the place. On the left is a beautiful avenue of trees that meet at the top thus creating a tunnel of orange during this time of the year - I named it ‘autumn lane!’

On entering the coffee shop, we were welcomed by Memory Lane’s friendly staff and a mouth-watering array of freshly-baked cakes and pastries – my taste buds were already rolling before I even had a look at their menu. Due to the lovely warm weather, we opted to sit outside under a beautiful tree and near the pool.

We were handed menus and placed our drinks order. I chose their homemade ginger beer while my colleague chose a berry ice tea.

Surprisingly, the most expensive meal on the Memory Lane menu cost only R50! The menu still catered for every palate with toasted sandwiches, bobotie, chicken lasagne, frittata and savoury pancakes to name a few. We chose a beef lasagne and their chicken korma.

With our orders taken, we paid a visit to their adjacent cottage shop where we found many beautiful home ornaments and several delectable jams and rusks. We returned to our table just as our appetising meals arrived.

My college had a very generous portion of cheese-covered beef lasagne while my chicken korma was served with Basmati rice, tomato, onion as well as a cucumber salad and chutney - my mouth began to water.

My meal was absolutely delicious and judging from the hmmm’s from across the table, the lasagne was too. With our bellies full, we briefly contemplated the tempting cakes but decided we just had no space.

We agreed that we would visit again to try out Memory Lane’s apple and berry crumble, strawberry cheesecake, lemon meringue, triple chocolate cake and milk tart – not all at once obviously!

To make a booking, call Memory Lane on 041 373 9995 today.