Family owned and run, True Story is a quirky little tearoom and veggie café located just outside Monkgate, on Lord Mayor’s Walk. Previously known as Me and Mrs Fisher, the Murrells took over the café in January 2017. New name, new life, True Story is the start of a new chapter for the old tearoom.
The menu already boasts a superb variety of wholesome dishes, including pizza, Buddha bowls and sandwiches. Most are vegan-friendly if a few remain suited to vegetarians only. Upon our visit, we tried the ‘Winner Winner’ Open Vegan Sandwich. Served on York’s Bluebird Bakery sourdough bread, topped with mounds of a superb raisin-orange chutney, avocado, veggies, the most melt-in-your-mouth vegan cheese, a few sprigs of fresh mint and a trickle of balsamic, the sandwich made for a colourful, fresh and delicious lunch.
The cake counter caught our eye right as we stepped into the café. We mulled over a vegan chocolate and banana cake with hazelnuts, a traditional fudge cake and dainty little vegan raw brownies. We opted for the brownies, which were perfect. More akin to rich, chocolatey and nutty bars than your traditional brownie, they were rich rather than sweet, more hearty than heavy and decadent without being overwhelming.
Stepping into True Story is a little like stepping into a family home, the atmosphere being warm and friendly. After our meal we were given a tour of the premises and discovered two wonderful rooms upstairs. Furnished with a long table, the blue room is perfect for anybody looking for a quiet space in which to work or to host community events. The pink room, on the other hand, with its plush pink sofas and well-furnished library, is more cosy – perfect for those wanting to read and rest awhile. On warmer days, guests can soak up the sun in the lovely back garden filled with flowers and greenery.
A definite hidden gem, the ‘new’ Fishers will see us coming back time and time again for their fresh and wholesome food and the warm and friendly atmosphere.
By Camille Boulais-Pretty, York correspondent