If you’re looking for a taste of Northern Europe, look no further than the corner of Pitt and First streets in Cornwall.
That is the new home of Tilly’s Eatery, Delicatessen and Pastries – the brainchild of owner Carol-Ann Breedyk and in large part her mother-in-law Mathlide who is the inspiration behind the culinary magic.
Tilly, short for Mathilde, was born in Spinkebull Germany. She immigrated to Canada after the Second World War with her three children in hopes of offering her family a better future. She was funny, hardworking, and a wonderful mother.
“Like my own Oma from Holland she inspired me to open Tilly’s to share with Cornwall some great flavours,” said Breedyk.
And you know what? That’s exactly what is happening at the eatery.
Home-cooked comfort food is front and centre on the Tilly’s menu. Fresh-made deli sandwiches, hot meals like quiche and shepherd’s pie, not to mention delectable desserts have so far seen customers lined up out the door. There’s also coffee from all over the world and a soup-of-the-day made from scratch.
“I really looked forward to the interaction with the local people. I love to create and I find that cooking is a natural thing for me – creating in the kitchen,” said Breedyk. “If I get to teach them something about the food, that’s really cool.
“I have 20 more years in the workforce, so I really want to enjoy it and work hard. And I can give something back at the same time.”