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Empire, Windmill and other Cafes

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I, too, have fond memories of the Pepper Mill up an alleyway off Clumber St. Where the Hippy Trendies went.

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Total opposite to my other favorite café - Bobs' Elbow Caff, up Mansfield road, real grub, real people. Preferred  the cuties in the Peppermill though !

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I also have memories of the Elbow Caff on Mansfield Road - excellent if you wanted a real gut-buster of a dinner. Nothing namby-pamby there, unlike the Pepper Mill which was for more genteel occasions.

 

Also the Empire Caff on Burton St. - opposite the Newton Building. On a par with the Elbow, I think.

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Years later i was doing the music at an all-nighter..and got to know a lady from the Pepper Mill..nice agen'.

Don't forget there was a second one opposite Birdcage..up the alley to Selectadisc on Bridlesmith Gate.

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I did prefer the Clumber St. one, though.

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Yes..the wedges of date cake.and quiche was fresh..i smoked then...you could sit in the yard..often spent an hour with Pete from Sven or Brian Selby from Selectadisc..inside was white and pine..and the smell of Cona 555 coffee.

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We must have crossed each other's paths quite often.

 

A very frequent patron of the Pepper Mill was Jed - tall, long blonde hair, very buxom, very fond of garish hippy clobber. Ring any bells? I have mentioned her before in my early days here but drew a blank then. I used to share a flat with her, next door to the Grosvenor.

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I don't watch soaps..but i often used to  laugh seeing Corro residents eating in Roys Cafe..on said Street.

But thinking back- there i lived smack bang in the centre and frequented The Olympian opposite the Peacock, The Elbow, Hughs on Huntington St, cappouchi's on Parliament St, Palace Coffee House, Trinity Square, The Empire and Empress..Tess's on the bottom of Derby Rd.was my fave..next door to the Amoy Chinese.

Summat about pop music, high stools, and plastic oranges bobbing around in a juice machine.

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I appreciate this may be moving a bit far away from the Market Square but, does anyone remember the name of a coffee bar about half way up Mansfield Road between the City and Forest Road? I seem to recall it was up a few steps such that you looked down on passers-by.

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  • I do remember it, fairly well up Mansfield Rd, do remember quite a few  steps up, was it the Bamboo or something like that ?, another trendy place , subdued lighting an' all that,  seem to remember a record playing " judy in disguise, with glasses"

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That's it!!!!!! Many, many thanks. Came to me immediately I read your post. It's been troubling me for ages and the name just wouldn't come.

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The Bamboo was run in the 70's by my schoolmates ..the Brandemarte's..it was very orange outside.

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Don't remember it being orange - I thought that was exclusively E Love Provisions!.

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Yep..love's was well orange..but a shade lighter..that shop was just heaven.The first place i remember that had a rotisserie.

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You could also get more pills than in Boots. I remember the back room very well!

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Found a snap at last!52353-1-280-99999-unpad.jpgReg's bike is propped up outside a great haunt of mine..especially of a Saturday..if i had 'owt left from Gee Dee..would pop in here for Double egg & Chips and heavily buttered wonderloaf and make  fat butties ..so it melted and covered your fist!

Decked out in primrose yellow and wooden brown stalls inside.1950's kitch sketches of windmills hung on the walls.Last time i was in here...i'd stepped off a Rosetta coach and had tea with our kid..as my Dad was moving us all to Bulwell.

The Old Dutch.

 

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On a Saturday mum used to take me into Pearson's basement for tea and a toasted teacake or she felt like a cake we went into Lyons and if we were just coffeeing it was the Kardoma.  I remember going to a place opposite the Victoria Centre railway bridge  it had lots of dangling large orange flowery lampshades made from cotton with long fringes can't remember the name of the street or the teashop but I think there was a clothes shop either above the teashop or nearby - you went up a wooden staircase to get to the clothes shop.  There used to be a tea shop/bread shop chain in the south called Acres The Bakers who had the same lampshades! 

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Yes i recall the place doodle..great memory jogger..The Granary was another haunt...thanks!

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Just remembered another - not in Market Sq but Woolworths down near Broad Marsh.   I went one Saturday on my own and got a plate of chips.  I sat down and this old bloke came at sat opposite me.  All was OK until he took his teeth out........oh la la....I legged it before I was sick :(

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On 7/22/2018 at 8:01 PM, Jill Sparrow said:

Foodies are the most boring people on the planet, or so I find, along with people who are obsessed with money and possessions. As long as I have sufficient of both to get by, I can't see the point in drooling over them.

 

Jill I've just read this thread . What is your definition of a foodie? You could consider me a foodie but I don't consider myself one of them.

I love food of all types, gourmet food, peasant food, Chinese, Indian etc the only things I don.'t eat are fast food particularly hamburgers and tripe. I have been involved with restaurants since 1970, working and cooking, I have enjoyed it. Now I am basically on my own , my husband is a chef and works lunch and dinner as does my son. My daughter is also a chef and works the same hours. So the only cooking I do is whatever I fancy be it something complicated or simple like a sandwich, I please my self. Very often just a yoghurt I'm not fussy. But food plays a big part in our lives and Italian food is very good.

Sorry if this sounds I'm trying to pick on you or cause a long discussion, it was just a strange comment for you to make.It's not a criticism and I hope you don't take it the wrong way because that's not what I intended . I'm sure the comment wasn't directed at me but was just curious.

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Vegans are boring!  My daughter-in-law has become one, and oh dear me, does she go on! 

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They're ALWAYS trying to convert us normal eaters, but I find they get easily rundown, and become more susceptible to illness.

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I'm vegan when I just eat fruit, I'm just human:hungr:

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19 minutes ago, LizzieM said:

Vegans are boring!  My daughter-in-law has become one, and oh dear me, does she go on! 

More boring than Christians?:biggrin:

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Maybe you've never met one!  Vegan or true Christian.  You should find one, and try talking to him seriously sometime.  You might find he isn't as boring as you think.

I don't mean swapping smart remarks, and putdowns.  I'm talking real dialogue on substantive issues.  Life and death.  The nature of Eternity.  Will I live beyond the grave?  You know, nice light stuff.

I'd be happy to do it here, but this is not the place.  The thing that becomes boring is the constant putdowns that the nature of the medium doesn't allow a serious reply to.  That seems a bit one sided.

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