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Linda
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466 of 476  Thu 29th Dec 2016 2:33pm  
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On 27th Jul 2011 3:24pm, Suitably Chastised said: Does anyone recall the 2 restaurants, one in Hales Street, the other in Queen Victoria Road, known as (I think) Swiss Alps??? Who owned them, what happened to them??
Hi. I remember the Swiss Alps restaurant because I got my first job there when I left school in 1975. We had to wear Swiss uniforms. My job was to clear the tables. It didn't last long because they said I didn't smile enough. I don't know what happened to it.
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MisterD-Di
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467 of 476  Sat 31st Dec 2016 11:51am  
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On 28th Dec 2016 7:35pm, Malvern said: The first Indian restaurant I went to was in about 1978. It was called The Curry Bowl and was in Hertford Street just down the steps from W H Smith. The other Indian restaurants I remember from around this time were the Raj/Rajpoot in Cross Cheaping, another in the Lower Precinct of which I can't remember the name and The Shimla opposite the Station. The Royal Bengal then opened in the early eighties in Albany Road and became our go to restaurant. I still visit there when I'm back in town.
I do remember the Curry Bowl and ate there a few times in the 80s. It was quite decent although I seem to recall it was a bit more expensive than its competitors. The one in Cross Cheaping was the Rajah, and was at first floor level. Once you got in there up the narrow stairs it was surprisingly large and spacious. This was the first curry house I used on a regular basis. The waiters were very helpful in introducing you to their cuisine and finding something to your taste, so you could say it's where I really got into the diversity of Indian food. I used to love that place. Smile I only went to the Shimla occasionally, usually in a larger group. I remember it in its previous incarnation as the Sunflower House, one of Coventry's best Chinese restaurant of the 60s/70s. When I was at KHVIII a few of us would sometimes go for lunch on a Friday, six shillings for three courses. I can't remember the one in the Lower Precinct, although there was a good Indian in the City Arcade for a few years, also at first floor level. Could have been called the Himalaya but I'm not sure.
On 27th Dec 2016 2:33am, flapdoodle said: Is there a reason for the closure?
There is, but I don't want to breach confidences. It would appear, however, that the council have other plans for the building and it will probably end up as a high-end eatery.
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houghton1854
coventry
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468 of 476  Sun 8th Jan 2017 11:03pm  
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Does anyone remember The Laronde cafe in Albany Rd, Earlsdon in 1950s-1960s?
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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469 of 476  Mon 9th Jan 2017 10:37am  
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Was the Laronde the one at the top of Albany Road near the Candy Shop? If so, it was still open in the mid 70's.
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Tricia
Bedworth
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470 of 476  Mon 9th Jan 2017 6:03pm  
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Slim
Coventry a bit
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471 of 476  Tue 10th Jan 2017 8:53am  
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I seem to remember the place, with a sign in fancy lettering that read La Ronde, somewhere in Earlsdon Street or Albany Road. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Tricia
Bedworth
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472 of 476  Tue 10th Jan 2017 11:03am  
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You are correct Slim, it was in Albany Road. Thumbs up
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houghton1854
coventry
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473 of 476  Tue 10th Jan 2017 10:56pm  
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Thought it was at the top of Albany Rd. It was originally opened by my stepfather's friend when I was a child many moons ago!!!
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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474 of 476  Mon 20th Mar 2017 3:47pm  
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On 24th Dec 2016 4:44pm, MisterD-Di said: I think it is appropriate to report that one of Coventry's finest restaurants is closing its doors for the last time tonight, Christmas Eve. Court 6 in Spon Street has been serving excellent authentic Asian cuisine for the last four and a half years. The owner, Asif, is a consummate host who not only cooks but has a great pride in the heritage of his restaurant premises and the surrounding area. Coventry is quite well served for Asian restaurants but Court 6 will be missed by many dedicated connoisseurs of its fare. It has been far more than a 'lager & vindaloo' joint that we used to get years ago. I suspect that any new lease will go to one of the big 'chain' establishments. Best wishes for the future to Asif and his staff, Coventry's dining scene will be the poorer without you. Thumbs up
It now appears to be occupied by "Selminas"
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RLCherrington
London
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475 of 476  Thu 13th Apr 2017 4:22pm  
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On 29th Dec 2016 2:33pm, Linda said:
On 27th Jul 2011 3:24pm, Suitably Chastised said: Does anyone recall the 2 restaurants, one in Hales Street, the other in Queen Victoria Road, known as (I think) Swiss Alps??? Who owned them, what happened to them??
Hi. I remember the Swiss Alps restaurant because I got my first job there when I left school in 1975. We had to wear Swiss uniforms. My job was to clear the tables. It didn't last long because they said I didn't smile enough. I don't know what happened to it.
Swiss Alps first opened in 1971, set up by Croatian businessman Ivan Polancec and his Spanish wife. They brought outfits from Switzerland for the waitresses I believe! I think the original restaurant was in the shop unit below C & A? Ivan had an eccentric house built in Eastern Green reflecting his eclectic tastes! Thanks for all the memories folks! If you wish to get in touch with some more, I'm preparing a fun book on nightlife in Cov in 1970s so do mail me.
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LesMac
Coventry
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476 of 476  Fri 14th Apr 2017 11:47am  
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I think there was also a Swiss Alps in New Union St.
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