photo source: unknown. first photo… Lyons’ Cafe in Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire, 1945
We all have happy memories of Dimarco’s but who remembers J Lyons? Where Nationwide Building Society is now, could not find any Hastings photos (unless anyone has any) but looked similar to the above with baker cake shop at the front and restaurant/cafe on two floors.
Tony Davis… Remember it well. My mum worked there as a cleaner and I often had lunch there during school holidays. I remember that they used an ice cream scoop to serve mashed potatoes
Roy Penfold… Visible in the background https://historymap.info/…/Round-the-town-tour-bus-at…
supplied by Roy Penfold
Alan Esdaile… Used to go in with friends, on occasional Saturday lunchtimes, with pennies from the old town arcades. We would have the cheapest thing on the menu which was chips peas and gravy and take it upstairs to eat.
Jackie Hersee… I remember them
Chris Meachen… Remember going in there with mum, it was very plush, with claret coloured drapery & gold trimmings.. sometimes the upstairs was cordoned off with a thick gold rope hung from shiny metal posts..
Phyllis Mendenhall… My mum was a nippy in joe Lyons I remember she took us in for coffee one morning and had to be on our best behaviour ,and I can still smell that coffee
Trevor Unwin… I remember it well , used to love the fruit & jelly sundaes, that used to be on show in the window.
Peter Houghton… Yes I remember going in there with my mum and grandma