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Cafes around the Old Market Square

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Anyone Remember the Windmill Cafe?

There was a windmill outside it for many years, Even after it became a Chinese Restaurant (name?)

Is the windmill still there, if not when did it go?

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Where was this Mick?

I know the topic says OMS but where abouts?

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Oposite and facing the Odeon Cinema.

Above what is now a burger or fried chicken bar.

Up that Narrow Alley leading to Rob's Record Mart?

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Did it become the Kong Nam - if it was, I've been there but only in it's Chinese manifestation and normally after several pints on a Saturday night!

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The Kong Nam,ran by Mr. K Sin,a gentleman.so many films seen followed by a feed in here.

Dogs of War.The Shining. Scum..to name a few.

The Lite Bite (Turners?) wasn't bad for a break when buying wayfinders and Aztecs.

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Anyone Remember the Windmill Cafe? There was a windmill outside it for many years, Even after it became a Chinese Restaurant (name?)

I don't remember it and it's difficult to find it on a photo; you can just see the name here.

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There were quite a few cafes and restaurants around the Square which have disappeared.

Lyons is the one with the two triangular pediments.

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Kings was on Beastmarket Hill.

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And the Savoy was on South Parade.

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How times have changed.

Virtually every street in town is filled with burger joints, fast-food outlets, and coffee shops* now.

(* more like flavoured dish water)

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Here's one on Bridlesmith Gate of the past.35805979.pngPepper St.became a loading bay..when i worked around 'ere.

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The Oriental Cafe was my mother's favourite haunt when she worked on Friar Lane in the early 1940s before she was called up. Beautiful building and should never have been destroyed.

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1d3aebc6af052d888b4ca1fb206cfa56.jpgTwo ladies enjoying a spot of tiffin.

Tea in Griffin & Spalding ..circa 1950,

overlooking the Market Square.

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Trying to figure the above photo out...

The two spires?

One is St.Peters..the other ornate one?

Where is the Woolich Building where the Joseph Else is now?

 

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Thanks willow..i did think that..but ceased that thought thinking buildings would be blocking that view.

Much obliged.

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Most of the real and actual cafes in and around the square.. and beyond are gone.Shame when you have to enter a Witherspoons for a fryup...and places in Vic Centre charge London prices.

There is a joke of a place in West End Arcade..that expects you to eat a tiny breakfast behind euro pallets standing on end..for nearly a tenner!...The odd one on Hockley ain't bad- but shabby chic and bubble & squeak??

The Elbow...stuff dreams were made of.

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The Elbow? Don't forget The Empire Caff as well.

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Yep,  jonab..by the mid to late 1980's they were going...the dreaded Gastro Pub was arriving...with vastly overwritten menus..with Catering College trained slogans such as:

Freshly Brewed Tea.

Hand Tied Sausages.

And other such price connected waffle and piffle.

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It's all lost on me. I'm quite happy with a cheese sandwich! Not into food, never have been.

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I’m like you Jill, I eat to live, not live to eat.  Would rather a sandwich any day.

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Problem is the cheese would be locally and 'organically sourced' the butter

'churned fresh and hand patted'...the bread..'rustic' of course and other such tosh.

Forgot the place on Vic Mkt near me T.shirt shop...cheap and cheerful.

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