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NeilsYard
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511 of 534  Tue 3rd Dec 2019 9:10am  
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Very sorry to hear that Pizza Express have closed their lovely spot in Hay Lane recently. Apparently the lease was up on the building but they were also concerned about being blamed for the large crack that has opened up within the building?! Does anyone remember what that same place was called in the 80's when it was a French-style eaterie?
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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512 of 534  Sat 4th Apr 2020 4:18am  
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Brilliant pics. We had many a nice Vienna steak, chips and peas from Farmer Giles in the Burges. I suspect it was just a common burger really. It was like walking into a sauna judging by the condensation trickling down the windows. Happy days. Thumbs up Post copied from topic Burges and Cross Cheaping on 4th Apr 2020 11:23 am
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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513 of 534  Sat 4th Apr 2020 11:17am  
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Dream, your post brings back many memories for me. A crowd of us all used to go on a Saturday and have a 'spesh' (short for special) which was s&k pie, peas & chips, cup of tea and bread & butter, all for the princely sum of 2/6d! I always tried to get the bottom table which was next to the steps and serving hatch. I used to mimic the owner’s voice and call for meals. 'oner' Vienna steak, 'oner' jam rol' etc. which ended up with him and his wife (who was the cook) having a spat when she served them on the hatch counter! He caught on pretty quickly and we were all ushered to front tables from then on! It was always busy I recall. Do you remember big George who just stood behind the main counter pouring tea from a large pot into cups all lined up together, no stopping in between! Great days.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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514 of 534  Sat 4th Apr 2020 1:55pm  
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Wearethemods, it was a Sat morning we would frequent there, us and the two kids. You must have been at the next table. Do you recall there used to be an upstairs until it was declared unsafe - I think. As for the big teapot and the big fella, always there ready to pour, and yes it was always near enough full. I never had the privilege of the st & k pie. Very popular eatery in our day and affordable. We thought we had it all in the 60's. Thumbs up
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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515 of 534  Sun 5th Apr 2020 10:23am  
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Hi again Dream. We used to congregate there on a Saturday afternoon/teatime. I don't recall there being an upstairs but I do remember a flight of stairs in the bottom left hand corner. Would that be right? Then we'd go over the Burges to the Mercia pub which had recently opened*. I remember being asked my age, (at 16), and I responded, "I don't mind you asking me that, but don't let the wife hear as it upsets the kids". I always got away with that statement for my cheek! Oh my *I believe it's a hairdressers now
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Roger T
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516 of 534  Mon 18th May 2020 9:34pm  
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And now for something entirely different and probably I need some help from Kaga (and anybody else that knows) Does anybody remember British Restaurants? I`m hazy because I didn`t return from being evacuated until 1947, but when I went to school at KHVIII I sometimes went for my dinner break down to a large "shed" alongside the railway next to the Technical College. I was told it was a British Restaurant, which I assumed had been opened during the war and carried on serving mass meals to workers after the war. If memory serves me correct the food was basic and awful, I particularly remember the bright green cabbage which I was told was the result of boiling it in soda. I was also under the impression that the gas showrooms in Corporation Street was also a British Restaurant during and after the war, before it was "liberated"

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Prof
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517 of 534  Mon 18th May 2020 9:44pm  
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Yes I had many lunches with my grandma at the Gas Showrooms, and I think there was a waitress area upstairs which we might have used but not as much as the downstairs one. Another was on Gosford Green but I did not use that one. This topic has been raised previously. Edited by member, 18th May 2020 9:45 pm
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Roger T
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518 of 534  Mon 18th May 2020 9:54pm  
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Thanks for prompt info Prof - I did search the index!
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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519 of 534  Mon 18th May 2020 10:21pm  
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Mostly within this thread, there is quite a lot of discussion on the subject. Type ‘british restaurant’ into the search box at the top of the page, posts (not titles) Thumbs up
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Roger T
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520 of 534  Tue 19th May 2020 2:29pm  
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Thanks Midland Red - will do
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Roger T
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521 of 534  Wed 20th May 2020 9:51pm  
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On 18th May 2020 10:21pm, Midland Red said: Mostly within this thread, there is quite a lot of discussion on the subject. Type ‘british restaurant’ into the search box at the top of the page, posts (not titles) Thumbs up
I did have a look through MR and spotted 116 by Foxcote who referred to British Restaurants and "The Lady with the Ladle" I tried it and apparently the link ended up in a "not known here" sort of answer.. Any suggestions as I had hoped it would give some sort of all round information as to how they came about in the first place. I had a thought that they might have been inspired by central government as a means of providing working population (as opposed to home dwellers) with a decent substantial meal which didn`t need ration books which were pretty meagre anyway for the whole family... In fact this was one of the reasons I posted it in wartime memories thread.
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Midland Red
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522 of 534  Wed 20th May 2020 10:46pm  
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Sorry, Roger, can’t help. It’s a link from 7+ years ago, no longer live Sad
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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523 of 534  Thu 21st May 2020 10:04am  
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We used to congregate back in the 60's at a cafe in Spon Street (same side as Ma Brown's) called the Ponderosa, it had a pin table in.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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524 of 534  Thu 21st May 2020 10:22am  
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British Restaurants were created at the beginning of the war for bombed out people, but quickly became popular for anyone, cheap, non-profit making but to break even, they were called something else that Churchill didn't like, so he changed the name, but the idea was for people not to starve if losing their homes and nowhere to prepare meals.
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pixrobin
Canley
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525 of 534  Thu 21st May 2020 1:36pm  
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Here’s a link to British Restaurants
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