It’s a year since the legendary New Piccadilly cafe closed, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to flag up the New Piccadilly Memories flickr site. Pictures are still being added, which must be a measure of the affection the place was held in. I doubt anyone would remember with the same longing a Starbucks that closed 12 months previously. Thank God the Lorelei is still going. I don’t know where I’d go for pre-beer scoff otherwise.
The number of ‘formica’ cafes lost in recent years is alarming, but some still hang on. Poking around in Smithfield I came across a place called Beppe’s. When I worked nearby 17 years ago I must have passed it twice a day, and never noticed it. Back then of course, caffs of this type were everywhere, as familiar as a K6 telephone box. It was shut when I dropped by, but is now firmly on my ‘to do’ list.