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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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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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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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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.

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Jill, I understand where you are coming from on foodies and I have to agree with you , but didn't you use to have a passion years ago for visiting the Pythagoras Tearoom on Gregory Boulevard.

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Indeed I did not, young Trogg!

 

Despite the triangular sandwiches a certain demented Irish maths teacher used to draw on the board, whilst droning on about trigger and Al Gebra, the Pytagoras Tearoom was not somewhere I had any wish to visit. Ever. I think it also offered pie...which flavour I never did manage to establish. Too busy dodging the chalk missiles!

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Your picture of the inside of the Buol cafe reminded me of a similar Victorian/Edwardian cafe we visited near Pontycyslite North Wales

 

Mrs P near the fire place after spilling her tea on a nicely ironed table cloth  (can't take her anywhere)

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Rog

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Not forgetting the highly polished creaky wooden floorboards

 

Rog

 

Edited to add: the coffee and walnut cake was to die for

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The Pepper MIll, ,had forgotten that place, very trendy place up a passage. Thanks Ian, great memory of some rather delightful girls who were often in there. !970 ?

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