Brighton's Pavilion Gardens Cafe saved from closure

Brighton's Pavilion Gardens Cafe saved from closure

Brighton's Pavilion Gardens Cafe saved from closure

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A HISTORIC cafe has been saved from demolition following a mass public campaign.

Brighton's Pavilion Gardens Cafe, which has been run by the Sewell family for 73 years, was earmarked to be knocked down and moved to an unspecified site.

But following a huge public backlash, the council and Pavilion estate owners have said the cafe will remain.

Owner David Sewell described the news as a “huge relief”.

Speaking last night, he said: “It is fantastic news, I'm really optimistic for the future.

“I have spent a lot of time in meetings and worrying about this.

“Hopefully this assurance will mean I can spend more time at my cafe providing the service my customers deserve.

“We have a huge number of loyal customers and supporters who have stood up for us and I would like to thank them.”

The Sewell family has run the cafe since 1941.

However, its future was thrown into doubt last year when Brighton Dome bosses unveiled the estate's masterplan for the coming decades.

As part of the proposal, it was suggested the cafe could be housed in a new building as part of a visitor centre.

In October last year Catherine Carey, of the Royal Pavilion Estate Masterplan project team, told The Argus the cafe was part of their grand scheme.

Dismissing the proposal as a “journey into the unknown” Mr Sewell demanded reassurances.

A huge public campaign followed which saw close to 6,000 sign an online petition.

Despite this, Dome chief executive Andrew Comben denied the backlash was a trigger for the change of plans, instead citing it as part of the process.

He said: “We've been talking about this with David Sewell and the Friends of the Cafe since May last year.

“That was an ongoing process in which we got around a table and tried to understand each other's positions.

“The public reaction was just part of that.”

He added: “Coming up with a vision, people are going to have lots of different views. We needed to make sure we took them on board and that is part of the process.”

Describing the news as a “step forward”, Mr Sewell said he hoped the future would see a closer relationship between the two.

He said: “For many years I think those at the Dome have underestimated us. While their management has changed countless times over the years, my family has been here since 1941.

“We are the eyes and the ears of the Pavilion Gardens and we could offer a lot. However, that hasn't been the case and I think those in charge have lost out as a result.

“I would welcome working closer with them in the future and would be happy to help where I can.”

He added: “We have customers going back 40, 50, 60 years. We are part of the community and the community wanted that to remain.

“It was really nice to see so many people get behind us and support us and I just hope we can now move forward and work together to make the Pavilion Gardens and estate the best it can be.”

Penny Thompson, chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council, was a key figure in the talks with the cafe and estate owners.

She said: "I'm delighted we have reached an agreement to work together. This project is vital to the heart of the city and needs the input of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe community to help shape a Royal Pavilion Estate for the 21st century.

“We will strive to preserve and recognise the contribution of the 20th century in the form of the cafe buildings and patio which are clearly so precious to so many."

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8:39am Thu 20 Mar 14

john newman says...

BRILLIANT. An outstanding feature for me and my business friends has been saved. Now we need a few more mass campaigns to sort out things this city needs, like a proper bus station!!! Sort this out before the tourists arrive.
BRILLIANT. An outstanding feature for me and my business friends has been saved. Now we need a few more mass campaigns to sort out things this city needs, like a proper bus station!!! Sort this out before the tourists arrive. john newman
  • Score: 48

8:58am Thu 20 Mar 14

Strange Town says...

Great outcome to the situation, some tings have a place in the history of the town and this cafe is one of them. Modern structures also have their place as the new Library has proved but some things should remain as a legacy to the history of the town. I cannot begin to imagine what a modern glass house in the Royal Pavilion grounds would have done for the vista of these historic gardens.
The voices of reason have won this battle but I am sure there will be many more to come!
Great outcome to the situation, some tings have a place in the history of the town and this cafe is one of them. Modern structures also have their place as the new Library has proved but some things should remain as a legacy to the history of the town. I cannot begin to imagine what a modern glass house in the Royal Pavilion grounds would have done for the vista of these historic gardens. The voices of reason have won this battle but I am sure there will be many more to come! Strange Town
  • Score: 38

9:26am Thu 20 Mar 14

hoveguyactually says...

This is marvellous news. Not only is the cafe of historical interest, but it provides a tranquil oasis in the middle of a very busy and noisy city. However, I would welcome a covered extension to provide shelter from the rain (and birds), and one that could permit the cafe to be open throughout the whole year, in all weathers.
This is marvellous news. Not only is the cafe of historical interest, but it provides a tranquil oasis in the middle of a very busy and noisy city. However, I would welcome a covered extension to provide shelter from the rain (and birds), and one that could permit the cafe to be open throughout the whole year, in all weathers. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 39

10:09am Thu 20 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Great. Leave the gardens alone.
I hope that terrible, maddening, 'ding-dong, bing bong' muzak played by the busker is stopped. It's dreadful after a short while...destroys periods where quiet contemplation should be allowed.
Great. Leave the gardens alone. I hope that terrible, maddening, 'ding-dong, bing bong' muzak played by the busker is stopped. It's dreadful after a short while...destroys periods where quiet contemplation should be allowed. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 12

10:12am Thu 20 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

john newman wrote:
BRILLIANT. An outstanding feature for me and my business friends has been saved. Now we need a few more mass campaigns to sort out things this city needs, like a proper bus station!!! Sort this out before the tourists arrive.
I agree the pool valley coach station has no facilities at all now,it looks run down and to make things worse most shelter has been removed.Whats the point of buying tickets at the brighton centre I bet they hardly sell any.
[quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: BRILLIANT. An outstanding feature for me and my business friends has been saved. Now we need a few more mass campaigns to sort out things this city needs, like a proper bus station!!! Sort this out before the tourists arrive.[/p][/quote]I agree the pool valley coach station has no facilities at all now,it looks run down and to make things worse most shelter has been removed.Whats the point of buying tickets at the brighton centre I bet they hardly sell any. clubrob6
  • Score: 24

10:20am Thu 20 Mar 14

qm says...

And sack the prats who's idea it was in the first place! We like character, personality, ambience, none of which you get with the ever increasing passion for stainless steel and glass so loved by the people who would destroy our town. Tourists can see that anywhere they go in the world, leave well alone that which makes Brighton unique!
And sack the prats who's idea it was in the first place! We like character, personality, ambience, none of which you get with the ever increasing passion for stainless steel and glass so loved by the people who would destroy our town. Tourists can see that anywhere they go in the world, leave well alone that which makes Brighton unique! qm
  • Score: 45

10:43am Thu 20 Mar 14

Gee Jay says...

qm wrote:
And sack the prats who's idea it was in the first place! We like character, personality, ambience, none of which you get with the ever increasing passion for stainless steel and glass so loved by the people who would destroy our town. Tourists can see that anywhere they go in the world, leave well alone that which makes Brighton unique!
Hooray!!
And very well said.
A win for a well run, unique,family owned,private enterprise.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: And sack the prats who's idea it was in the first place! We like character, personality, ambience, none of which you get with the ever increasing passion for stainless steel and glass so loved by the people who would destroy our town. Tourists can see that anywhere they go in the world, leave well alone that which makes Brighton unique![/p][/quote]Hooray!! And very well said. A win for a well run, unique,family owned,private enterprise. Gee Jay
  • Score: 32

11:03am Thu 20 Mar 14

P.Dant says...

I just wish that cafe stayed open Costa hours,in the Summer.
I just wish that cafe stayed open Costa hours,in the Summer. P.Dant
  • Score: 13

11:07am Thu 20 Mar 14

John60 says...

Shame no one bothered to save The Astoria from demolishment, a far more worthy cause than a poxy cafe that serves up bog standard sandwiches and refreshments.
Shame no one bothered to save The Astoria from demolishment, a far more worthy cause than a poxy cafe that serves up bog standard sandwiches and refreshments. John60
  • Score: -10

11:09am Thu 20 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

"Brighton's Pavilion Gardens Cafe, which has been run by the Sewell family for 73 years, was earmarked to be knocked down and moved to an unspecified site."

So, basically an Iconic Brighton structure was going to be sold off and wind up brightening "an unspecified site" up while making that park a bit less pleasant? Whose bright idea was this?
"Brighton's Pavilion Gardens Cafe, which has been run by the Sewell family for 73 years, was earmarked to be knocked down and moved to an unspecified site." So, basically an Iconic Brighton structure was going to be sold off and wind up brightening "an unspecified site" up while making that park a bit less pleasant? Whose bright idea was this? Goldenwight
  • Score: 16

11:16am Thu 20 Mar 14

Poem58 says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
Great. Leave the gardens alone.
I hope that terrible, maddening, 'ding-dong, bing bong' muzak played by the busker is stopped. It's dreadful after a short while...destroys periods where quiet contemplation should be allowed.
I take it you're referring to the chap with the kalimba.. who's relaxing hypnotic music (for me anyway) floats across the gardens adding a unique ambiance to a much cherished oasis of calm in our city centre.

Good luck to Mr Sewell and his excellent cafe... if it ain't broke and all that.

As for the rotters who's insensitive quest for modernisation might have destroyed a local treasure - shame on you.
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: Great. Leave the gardens alone. I hope that terrible, maddening, 'ding-dong, bing bong' muzak played by the busker is stopped. It's dreadful after a short while...destroys periods where quiet contemplation should be allowed.[/p][/quote]I take it you're referring to the chap with the kalimba.. who's relaxing hypnotic music (for me anyway) floats across the gardens adding a unique ambiance to a much cherished oasis of calm in our city centre. Good luck to Mr Sewell and his excellent cafe... if it ain't broke and all that. As for the rotters who's insensitive quest for modernisation might have destroyed a local treasure - shame on you. Poem58
  • Score: 16

11:52am Thu 20 Mar 14

Richada says...

GREAT NEWS!

Mr Sewell says.......

"Hopefully this assurance will mean I can spend more time at my cafe providing the service my customers deserve."

Now here is a customer service orientated individual from whom our councillors could learn an awful lot.
GREAT NEWS! Mr Sewell says....... "Hopefully this assurance will mean I can spend more time at my cafe providing the service my customers deserve." Now here is a customer service orientated individual from whom our councillors could learn an awful lot. Richada
  • Score: 20

12:01pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Al Bion says...

Judging by the photo, it looks as though the cafe building is "listed" already!

Good news though. It's such a popular place.
Judging by the photo, it looks as though the cafe building is "listed" already! Good news though. It's such a popular place. Al Bion
  • Score: 11

1:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Nowhere else in the city centre can one sit at a scatter of tables on an expanse of patio beneath waving tall trees by park like gardens and lawns and just BE in restorative peace. Every park should have this and doesn't.

A restored building on the Hove Recreation Ground will offer a pale imitation before long, but sadly, without the scatter of tables on a patio. It is to have restrictive decking around it.

The current PG cafe is an example of how things should be, just tarted up and made winter-friendly.
Nowhere else in the city centre can one sit at a scatter of tables on an expanse of patio beneath waving tall trees by park like gardens and lawns and just BE in restorative peace. Every park should have this and doesn't. A restored building on the Hove Recreation Ground will offer a pale imitation before long, but sadly, without the scatter of tables on a patio. It is to have restrictive decking around it. The current PG cafe is an example of how things should be, just tarted up and made winter-friendly. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 8

2:54pm Thu 20 Mar 14

dawnie112 says...

This is great news. Thank the Lord for People Power!!! Good luck to Mr Sewell and his lovely cafe, the Pavilion Gardens would not be the same without it.
This is great news. Thank the Lord for People Power!!! Good luck to Mr Sewell and his lovely cafe, the Pavilion Gardens would not be the same without it. dawnie112
  • Score: 21

3:38pm Thu 20 Mar 14

rolivan says...

Great to see it being saved.Now could those 6.000 sign the petition to stop the i360 being built with Public Funds and at great risk to Council Taxpayers
Great to see it being saved.Now could those 6.000 sign the petition to stop the i360 being built with Public Funds and at great risk to Council Taxpayers rolivan
  • Score: 18

4:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Lady Smith says...

Was it ever actually in danger of closure and/or demolition? Seriously?
The report indicates that there was never more than a 'suggestion' that this would happen.
And, when all is said and done, it is really no more than a mediocre cafe, at best.
Was it ever actually in danger of closure and/or demolition? Seriously? The report indicates that there was never more than a 'suggestion' that this would happen. And, when all is said and done, it is really no more than a mediocre cafe, at best. Lady Smith
  • Score: -13

7:05pm Thu 20 Mar 14

hoveguyactually says...

It may be mediocre but I would rather have that there than any of those dreary over expensive Costas, Cafe Neros and Starbucks that clutter up our towns and cities. At least this one is unique. The only drawback for me is the constant barrage of pigeons climbing over the tables (if anything should be got rid of permanently it those horrors), and the awful racket from musicians(?) in the so-called pedestrian area outside the Theatre Royal.
It may be mediocre but I would rather have that there than any of those dreary over expensive Costas, Cafe Neros and Starbucks that clutter up our towns and cities. At least this one is unique. The only drawback for me is the constant barrage of pigeons climbing over the tables (if anything should be got rid of permanently it those horrors), and the awful racket from musicians(?) in the so-called pedestrian area outside the Theatre Royal. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 2

7:27pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

hoveguyactually wrote:
It may be mediocre but I would rather have that there than any of those dreary over expensive Costas, Cafe Neros and Starbucks that clutter up our towns and cities. At least this one is unique. The only drawback for me is the constant barrage of pigeons climbing over the tables (if anything should be got rid of permanently it those horrors), and the awful racket from musicians(?) in the so-called pedestrian area outside the Theatre Royal.
I don't mind the musicians in New Road as they change but agree with poster above-I've had enough(3 years?) of the pervading bing-bong bloke. Glad the café is staying, great news.
[quote][p][bold]hoveguyactually[/bold] wrote: It may be mediocre but I would rather have that there than any of those dreary over expensive Costas, Cafe Neros and Starbucks that clutter up our towns and cities. At least this one is unique. The only drawback for me is the constant barrage of pigeons climbing over the tables (if anything should be got rid of permanently it those horrors), and the awful racket from musicians(?) in the so-called pedestrian area outside the Theatre Royal.[/p][/quote]I don't mind the musicians in New Road as they change but agree with poster above-I've had enough(3 years?) of the pervading bing-bong bloke. Glad the café is staying, great news. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Great news that the Council have taken note of customers views.
The so called bus Station is a disgrace, visitors arriving in Brighton at this point must think seriously of staying on the bus,over the years I have been stopped several times and asked where the Booking Office,Toilets and covered accommodation are situated,when told these facilities do not exist there is pure amazement.
Great news that the Council have taken note of customers views. The so called bus Station is a disgrace, visitors arriving in Brighton at this point must think seriously of staying on the bus,over the years I have been stopped several times and asked where the Booking Office,Toilets and covered accommodation are situated,when told these facilities do not exist there is pure amazement. Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 8

7:38pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Martha Gunn says...

Well here I go inviting massive unpopularity but some things need to be said:

I have never understood this story. Surely the proposal was to move the cafe (not close it) in the interests of the overall improvement of the Pavilion Estate. The proposal became mired in sentimental hogwash and nostalgia about what is a very ordinary cafe housed in an undistinguished building. All sense and judgement about this matter went out of the window.

And can someone explain to me how the Sewell family, over the course of 73 years, keeps winning the tender to run this facility? Does no-one else ever show any interest?
Well here I go inviting massive unpopularity but some things need to be said: I have never understood this story. Surely the proposal was to move the cafe (not close it) in the interests of the overall improvement of the Pavilion Estate. The proposal became mired in sentimental hogwash and nostalgia about what is a very ordinary cafe housed in an undistinguished building. All sense and judgement about this matter went out of the window. And can someone explain to me how the Sewell family, over the course of 73 years, keeps winning the tender to run this facility? Does no-one else ever show any interest? Martha Gunn
  • Score: -2

7:40pm Thu 20 Mar 14

wippasnapper says...

73 years that café has been there serving the public cups of tea and cake and it would have been a gave shame to have ended a superb landmark of Brighton’s history lets hope it has many more years of a worm cupper and a slice of cake to be served.
73 years that café has been there serving the public cups of tea and cake and it would have been a gave shame to have ended a superb landmark of Brighton’s history lets hope it has many more years of a worm cupper and a slice of cake to be served. wippasnapper
  • Score: 11

9:41pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Davidsewell says...

Below are the Statements agreed by us for publication

Brighton & Hove City Council, The Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Pavilion Gardens Cafe are pleased to confirm the cafe building and the area of the patio on its current site will remain for many years to come, in the safe hands of the Sewell family.

We will be working together with the Sewell family, the cafe and its community on plans to improve the Royal Pavilion Estate which we are jointly progressing from this point on.

David Sewell, proprietor of Pavilion Gardens Cafe said: “The Sewell family are delighted and relieved that uncertainty over the long term future of the cafe building and patio is at and end. We look forward to a new lease that secures our future in the gardens, where our cafe can form part of the valued heritage of the estate as a whole.”

Paul Levy, on behalf of the Friends of the Cafe said: “The Friends look forward to working in partnership with the bid team to ensure the lottery bid is successful and the whole estate can develop in ways that serve all of those who love and value it. We are delighted to be recognised as partners in this process and will ensure that the community's voice is heard as the estate becomes something we all are proud of.”

Brighton & Hove Chief Executive Penny Thompson CBE said; "I'm delighted we have reached an agreement to work together. This project is vital to the heart of the city and needs the input of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe community to help shape a Royal Pavilion Estate for the 21st century. We will strive to preserve and recognise the contribution of the 20th century in the form of the cafe buildings and patio which are clearly so precious to so many"

Andrew Comben, CEO, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said, "We need to develop the Royal Pavilion Estate, including the café, patio and friends community, as something fantastic and sustainable for the 21st Century. I’m delighted we are working together to find productive solutions to some of the challenges currently faced by the estate.”
Below are the Statements agreed by us for publication Brighton & Hove City Council, The Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Pavilion Gardens Cafe are pleased to confirm the cafe building and the area of the patio on its current site will remain for many years to come, in the safe hands of the Sewell family. We will be working together with the Sewell family, the cafe and its community on plans to improve the Royal Pavilion Estate which we are jointly progressing from this point on. David Sewell, proprietor of Pavilion Gardens Cafe said: “The Sewell family are delighted and relieved that uncertainty over the long term future of the cafe building and patio is at and end. We look forward to a new lease that secures our future in the gardens, where our cafe can form part of the valued heritage of the estate as a whole.” Paul Levy, on behalf of the Friends of the Cafe said: “The Friends look forward to working in partnership with the bid team to ensure the lottery bid is successful and the whole estate can develop in ways that serve all of those who love and value it. We are delighted to be recognised as partners in this process and will ensure that the community's voice is heard as the estate becomes something we all are proud of.” Brighton & Hove Chief Executive Penny Thompson CBE said; "I'm delighted we have reached an agreement to work together. This project is vital to the heart of the city and needs the input of the Pavilion Gardens Cafe community to help shape a Royal Pavilion Estate for the 21st century. We will strive to preserve and recognise the contribution of the 20th century in the form of the cafe buildings and patio which are clearly so precious to so many" Andrew Comben, CEO, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival said, "We need to develop the Royal Pavilion Estate, including the café, patio and friends community, as something fantastic and sustainable for the 21st Century. I’m delighted we are working together to find productive solutions to some of the challenges currently faced by the estate.” Davidsewell
  • Score: 4

9:56pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Anna Phylactic says...

I'm so pleased by this news. This little café provides one of the most tranquil places in the world (genuinely) to have a cup of tea and a bit of cake in the afternoon sun. If you haven't spent 30 mins doing this once in a while then you are missing out.
I'm so pleased by this news. This little café provides one of the most tranquil places in the world (genuinely) to have a cup of tea and a bit of cake in the afternoon sun. If you haven't spent 30 mins doing this once in a while then you are missing out. Anna Phylactic
  • Score: 9

12:31am Fri 21 Mar 14

ken standing says...

qm wrote:
And sack the prats who's idea it was in the first place! We like character, personality, ambience, none of which you get with the ever increasing passion for stainless steel and glass so loved by the people who would destroy our town. Tourists can see that anywhere they go in the world, leave well alone that which makes Brighton unique!
Absolutely ..... we need people in charge who love the real Brighton.

......but don't get complacent. Plans for the Pavilion Estate could still ruin it. It's not clear what they want to do to the gardens and they want to put cafes all over the place.

Now lets save the magnificent Hippodrome a fantastic beautiful sleeping asset.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: And sack the prats who's idea it was in the first place! We like character, personality, ambience, none of which you get with the ever increasing passion for stainless steel and glass so loved by the people who would destroy our town. Tourists can see that anywhere they go in the world, leave well alone that which makes Brighton unique![/p][/quote]Absolutely ..... we need people in charge who love the real Brighton. ......but don't get complacent. Plans for the Pavilion Estate could still ruin it. It's not clear what they want to do to the gardens and they want to put cafes all over the place. Now lets save the magnificent Hippodrome a fantastic beautiful sleeping asset. ken standing
  • Score: 6

12:36am Fri 21 Mar 14

ken standing says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Well here I go inviting massive unpopularity but some things need to be said:

I have never understood this story. Surely the proposal was to move the cafe (not close it) in the interests of the overall improvement of the Pavilion Estate. The proposal became mired in sentimental hogwash and nostalgia about what is a very ordinary cafe housed in an undistinguished building. All sense and judgement about this matter went out of the window.

And can someone explain to me how the Sewell family, over the course of 73 years, keeps winning the tender to run this facility? Does no-one else ever show any interest?
Martha ..... you are clearly missing the point. It's a very nice place. That's what it is all about. These places are few and far between and once lost are gone for good. The alternative was a glass box.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Well here I go inviting massive unpopularity but some things need to be said: I have never understood this story. Surely the proposal was to move the cafe (not close it) in the interests of the overall improvement of the Pavilion Estate. The proposal became mired in sentimental hogwash and nostalgia about what is a very ordinary cafe housed in an undistinguished building. All sense and judgement about this matter went out of the window. And can someone explain to me how the Sewell family, over the course of 73 years, keeps winning the tender to run this facility? Does no-one else ever show any interest?[/p][/quote]Martha ..... you are clearly missing the point. It's a very nice place. That's what it is all about. These places are few and far between and once lost are gone for good. The alternative was a glass box. ken standing
  • Score: 7

12:38am Fri 21 Mar 14

ken standing says...

I like the music too and he's a very nice person, earning himself a modest living so good luck to him.
I like the music too and he's a very nice person, earning himself a modest living so good luck to him. ken standing
  • Score: 1

7:53am Fri 21 Mar 14

Take it Personally says...

"Dome chief executive Andrew Comben denied the backlash was a trigger for the change of plans, instead citing it as part of the process."
-ya right! Funny people never want to admit that people-power works. He sounds like a right tw4t.
"Dome chief executive Andrew Comben denied the backlash was a trigger for the change of plans, instead citing it as part of the process." -ya right! Funny people never want to admit that people-power works. He sounds like a right tw4t. Take it Personally
  • Score: 5

12:44am Sat 22 Mar 14

Kedge says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
Great. Leave the gardens alone.
I hope that terrible, maddening, 'ding-dong, bing bong' muzak played by the busker is stopped. It's dreadful after a short while...destroys periods where quiet contemplation should be allowed.
Oh, yes, please shoot the bing-bong man. There's almost nowhere you can go without someone's idea of music in your face. Just for a change, couldn't they have a string quartet?
Any road up, I'm delighted the cafe has been snatched from the jaws of the 21st century vibrant iconicists who keep tampering with the City. The cafe provides simple, homely fare against the more sophisticated venues which charge handsomely for quiche, quiche and more quiche. Nothing better on a sunny afternoon than a cuppa and the bestest of rock cakes, (as good as my Mum's).
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: Great. Leave the gardens alone. I hope that terrible, maddening, 'ding-dong, bing bong' muzak played by the busker is stopped. It's dreadful after a short while...destroys periods where quiet contemplation should be allowed.[/p][/quote]Oh, yes, please shoot the bing-bong man. There's almost nowhere you can go without someone's idea of music in your face. Just for a change, couldn't they have a string quartet? Any road up, I'm delighted the cafe has been snatched from the jaws of the 21st century vibrant iconicists who keep tampering with the City. The cafe provides simple, homely fare against the more sophisticated venues which charge handsomely for quiche, quiche and more quiche. Nothing better on a sunny afternoon than a cuppa and the bestest of rock cakes, (as good as my Mum's). Kedge
  • Score: 5

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