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1970s Lewes restaurants

On Tue 10 May at 3:04pm Eighties Boy wrote:
Does anyone remember Lewes restaurants from the 1970s?
Either eating in them/take-away, or their location in town?
On Wed 11 May at 3:02pm Horseman7 wrote:
The Polar Bear; cattle market canteen.
On Thu 12 May at 10:29am Father Hackett wrote:
The Steak House
On Thu 12 May at 10:27pm Amber wrote:
Kwong Ming Chinese Restaurant.
On Tue 17 May at 3:42pm Eighties Boy wrote:
Starting from The Pelham heading down the hill, there was Shelleys, The Tatler, Kenwards, (In Pipe Passage) the Chinese (Kwong Ming then?) and The White Hart. Turn left onto Fisher Street for a couple of Indian restaurants...The Gandi in the late 70s? and the chip shop. Down Station Street there was a sandwich bar at the top; Trumps, Lunch Counter and La Cucina. Around the corner, another Chinese takeaway? In Cliffe I recall the Polar Bear and I think a Wimpey. Down School Hill, where the Pro Cook is, there was a huge restaurant, similar to Browns in Brighton. It wasn't around for long, a couple of years maybe - can anyone remember the name or anything about it?
On Thu 19 May at 7:35am oldbutintouch wrote:
Sloanes - very much a Browns type brasserie, all day drinks and food. Well conceived, but woefully managed and underfunded. Matters ended very messily following Ill-advised acceptance of investment from a prominent Sussex property owner.
On Thu 19 May at 3:13pm Eighties Boy wrote:
Yes, Sloanes - I remember it well. (apart from the name)
@oldbutintouch Did you work there or know the owners?
On Thu 19 May at 6:02pm oldbutintouch wrote:
I was one of their unfortunate suppliers ( we got paid!)
On Thu 19 May at 8:36pm Eighties Boy wrote:
That was a bloody long time ago! Glad you got paid.
Can you elaborate on your experience from that ugly episode?
On Tue 24 May at 6:08pm Eighties Boy wrote:
@oldbutintouch I remember the crime; I wondered whether your account would differ from my memories. As mentioned, it was a long time ago.
The 'prominent Sussex property owner' deserves be in prison for numerous acts of violence over the years.
On Wed 25 May at 1:52pm oldbutintouch wrote:
Eighties Boy, you obviously know who Im referring to! One of the towns many scandals. Who remembers the Sussex County Building Society meltdown, or the fallout from the sale of Lewes Relief Road compulsorily purchased properties. There must be a few out there that predate even my time in Lewes.

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