A very special place, with many memories for many people,
created by Pat and Virginia La Charite.
62-64 Fitzroy Street: 1973-1981
At the corner of Gold Street and Fitzroy Street.
Pat restored a Victorian shop with period fittings and furniture, in spite of the
threat of demolition within a couple of years.
An ad from 1976
Ink drawing by J. Chapman 1979.
The shop front is now at Chilford Hall (near Linton).
For some years it was indoors in the Small Hall
but as of 2001 it's in the open as the "Vineleaf" café shop -
although sadly now repainted to their needs.
Thanks to Jón Fairbairn for spotting the pic!
See also Waffles Cafe - pictures by Jón Fairbairn.
Castle Hill: 1982-1990?
Now the Star of India restaurant.
Pat decorated an internal pillar with corner pieces in the style of
the carved mermaids on sailing ships' prows, which he'd rescued from the demolotion of The Ship in the
Petty Cury area.
Upstairs Middle-Eastern restaurant was upstairs (opened about July 1983).
[What I've remembered so far]
- Sunday (& May Ball breakfast) Special: eggs & bacon
variant: with maple syrup [well, it worked for me!]
- Chicken creole
- Spanish sauce
- Ham, cheese & mushroom
variant: cheese & mushroom
- Asparagus & curried eggs
- Ratatouille (a "Rat")
- The Standard: Chantilly cream + maple syrup
- Calpis (lychee juice, specially imported from Japan)
- Red or white grape juice (slightly sparkling)
- Pineapple juice
- Apple juice
- Orange juice
- Calvados (Castle Hill only, as the premises were licenced)
The Whim, Potter Products, The Kite,