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British Restaurants

sylviasayers

master brummie
British Restaurants in Birmingham

Alberta, are you referring to the British Restaurants that sprang up around the end of the war? These were set upwhen rationing was in force
and I think they were meant for workers to have a decent meal at lunch times. There was one almost next door to the Aston Hippodrome, another
on Aston Cross facing Woolworths, and another in Birchfield Road, Perry Barr, I never ate in any of them but if it was raining we young teenagers would spend a couple of hours over a cup of tea or glass of orange juice.
Until the staff got fed up with us and threw us out.
 

Di.Poppitt

master brummie
I used to go to the BR in Birchfield Road. We used to go first to the ICI Youth Club then head off for pie and mushy peas, they stayed open quite late, and used to turf us out as they locked up to leave. :D
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
I loved all the Brs in Birmingham used the one in Birchfied Road every Saturday before I played football for the ICI ( this is one for Di) :)
 

bilsat

master brummie
An elderly neighbour has asked me for information about "British Restaurants" He thinks that they were all around the country usually in wooden huts on vacant land. They were put up after the war and supplied cheap meals. He thinks that there was one in Billesley and Balsall Heath.
Pete
 
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bilsat

master brummie
Thanks Barrie.
I printed the article to give our neighbour, I dont remember them at all.
Pete
 

RobertS

master brummie
British Restaurant

Add one more to your list. There was one in Moseley Village, last shop on the right going into town. Sonny Slade worked there for a while (See Mary Street Bakery Posts).
 
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pedro

Guest
British Restaurants

These restaurants were in fact established during, not after the war. They were spread throughout the country so that the population could benefit from plain nutritous food. Plain they have been but they were most enjoyable. I wish that I had a pound for every meal that I had in one. One shilling and two pence, (one and tuppence) for a dinner comprising of meat and two veg and a pudding afterwards. There were several in the city centre, one that I remember very well was in the upper priory by Lewis's. There was also one on the parade at Kings Heath, if I remember correctly there was a milk depot at the back of the shops. The restaurant was, looking at the shops, at the left hand facing the shops, the cinema was at the other end.
Pedro.
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
There was one on Birchfield Road Perry Barr next to the Birchfield Cinema and another on Stratford Road I used them in the 50s 60s but not so sure:)

Peter are you old enough when they were around?
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
I think the one on Stratford Rd was roughly opposite the Mermaid and if I remember rightly you had to climb some stairs as you entered the door. There was another one on Gooch St, Highgate if my memory serves me right.

I also seem to remember one in town on High St or it may have been Dale End.

Here are two interesting sites on the subject of British Restaurants.

https://www.history.ac.uk/ihr/Focus/War/londonRation.html


https://www.worldwar2exraf.co.uk/Online%20Museum/Museum%20Docs/foodrationpage9.htm

pmc1947
 

Rupert

master brummie
Pretty shure that there was a British Restaurant in Upper Priory St. off the Old Square. It was on the left hand side facing Steelhouse Lane.
 

jennyann

master brummie
Staff member
I remember the one on Birchfield Road and I have a photo of the one that was at the end of New Street near High Street where the Rotunda is now.
Not sure when they all disappeared though.
 

coopbill7

very old brummie
Pretty shure that there was a British Restaurant in Upper Priory St. off the Old Square. It was on the left hand side facing Steelhouse Lane.
Rupert.I think that was Bywaters,(but I could be mistaken)???
I used to go there nearly every Saturday, for my cottage pie and chips. and I'm sure you had to go up stairs to it. that was in 1945/6 Peter
 

Alf

Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
I remember the one on Birchfield Road and I have a photo of the one that was at the end of New Street near High Street where the Rotunda is now.
Not sure when they all disappeared though.
Lets see it then:D
 
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Beryl M

Guest
Milk Bars

I left England in 1947 with my family - so I can only remember 'Milk Bars' does anyone remember them?
 

A.Willoughby

master brummie
Coopbill and Rupert.

My recollection is the same as Rupert's that it was a British Restaurant on the left side of Upper Priory Street going towards Steelhouse Lane.

Every Saturday my mother would take me in there, yes up to an upper floor, where we queued for whatever was on the menu that day. It was here that I was introduced to the potato mash called "Pom" and the powdered eggs out of tins.
 

dav19390

master brummie
British Restaurants

There was a British Restaurant in Ward End Park in the white house known as Park House or Ward End House (picture and potted history of the house at https://www.virtualbrum.co.uk/east.htm ) - but it does not mention it as having been a British Restaurant. I remember going there for lunch frequently with my grandfather just after the Second World War.

Also, on the subject of Milk Bars mentioned in another post in this thread, there was one on Alum Rock Road, near the Capitol Cinema, which was just called "Milk Bar" but was owned by a Mrs Ball and there was another near The Fox & Goose and Beaufort Cinema, on Coleshill Road, called Gardner's. They both served delicious Milk Shakes but I'm afraid that by the end of the 1950's, the Frothy Coffee Bar brigade had moved in and put them out of business.

Does anyone remember McNabb's Ice Cream shop near the island at the bottom of Burney Lane, near Stechford? Nobody made ice cream as tasty as that just after the war, I think they must have kept it in cold storage from the 1930's!
 
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