I had a similar cafe to visit near the reservoir in Reservoir Road Ladywood during luchtime when i was at school in the early 60's. We could get a penny dip. Thick wedge of bread dipped in the frying pan with bacon fat and tomato - it was lovely. If you asked for a tuppenny dip, you got lumps on it - that is tomato. Also once week, we would go down to the off license where we could get penny bags of Smith's crisps. They were broken crisps which were delivered only once a week and used to go like hot cakes. Twice as big as a normal bag and packed tight and for the quarter of the price.....Can anyone remember a Cafe the second shop up toward Deritend from Smithfield Garage. this was probably the smallest cafe in brum they had little pews between tables for seats two men ran the cafe lovely blokes though, we would go in there for a tomato dip (a crust dipped in the tomato pan) for a penny,every day they would have a tray of cakes that lasted about 10 minutes if you were lucky i used to love the Lardy (dripping )cakes the size of a piece of bread i could sink my teeth into one right now. Dek
Probably because people in those days got plenty of excercise through hard work and walking everywhere. It counteracted the less than healthy food!How on earth did we survive with all that "unhealthy" food? The Nanny State would have a fit now, the cafes would be closed down on health grounds!