Aston bred & proud.
Hello Malcbroms. Welcome to this wonderful group. I remember the wonderful food hall in Lewis's. My mum used to take me every saturday. She loved going there. She said you could always smell the fresh bread & cakes, & no matter if you had, had something to eat before going to lewis's, you always felt hungry after going in the food hall. It was simply the best place to go. While my mum was in the food hall, I was often allowed to venture up to the 5th floor (toy department, where I would wait for my mum. Such, happy, happy time, I will never forget. Pity we had to lose this wonderful store. Visiting Birmingham, just isn't the same any more.Hi Just thought that I would share my memories of Lewis’s. I worked in the Food Hall around 1975-1976. I as Asst Manager on Cheese, Groceries and the Bread/cakes. We sold over 100 different varieties of breads and every Saturday there would be queues for the ring donuts that came fresh from Bradfords at West Brom. We would sell easily 2000 in a day. i remember that a we had fresh hot bread come in from Bradford’s on Sat p.m. bread that was actually made as Mondays bread buy we had it special. During that relay hot Summer of ‘76 we sold cold drinks in Minories, from bins and buckets filled with ice. We used to sell all sorts special offer groceries in the Minories to passers by..especially popular was tins of red Salmon..a real Sunday treat.
Lewis’s had a fabulous Deli counter staffed by a polish lady, it was far better than snooty Rackhams.
The food Hall used t have loose, self service, frozen foods - like pies and veg. This is coming into fashion 50 years to save on packaging!
Who remembers the loose biscuit counter with those wonderful Mrs. Kippax’s biscuits?
Ands who couldn’t forget the loose sweet counter where sold mountains of chocolate hazelnut whirls, Callard and Bowsers cream-line toffees and Mintoes too.
Happy days and a brilliant store to work in.