Do you remember Joe's Caf(e)

Do you remember Joe's Caf(e)

A Chapter by Wild Rose

Do you remember Joe's Caf

The workman's cafe in the market

Joe's Caf, it was called

The 'e' had been missing as long as I could remember

Just a blank space - no paint


Only three people worked there

Joe and his mucker and waiter Fred

Both wore Brown warehouseman's smocks and tweed flat caps

Doris Who operated the till and took your cash

A wartime factory workers turban to cover her hair and a flowery apron from home


The four-seater dark red plastic-covered tables with the metal edges and matching plastic chairs with metal legs were arranged along three walls of the caf the servery took up the other

Walls painted an off white/cream

The tide marks where the cleaner had reached moved further on daily

The floor was covered with off white/cream tiles to closely match the walls


On entering the caf

You were met by Fred who showed you to a recently vacated empty table

"This way sir/madam"

He would remove any empty dishes "With you in a jiffy"

Returning with a dishcloth to wipe the table

"What will it be? as he spoke he was neatly laying out your cutlery

Sausage and mash with peas: Roast beef with mash and peas or string beans; or Meat pie chips and peas"

Once you have given your order

He would call it out to Joe in the back "Be a couple of minutes"


Joe would appear from the back with plates of food and call out the order

"Two beef, one pie, one sausage"

Fred would bring the food and depart with an "Enjoy"


As the last person put down their cutlery Fred would be there collecting the empty plates with

"Jam tart and custard: Sponge and custard; or Rice" again shouted to Joe

Returning with spoons "Mug of tea or coffee"

Deserts delivered followed closely by the drinks

Again as the last person put down their spoon the dishes were cleared

You were left undisturbed with your drinks; unless they had a queue

When you would politely be requested to vacate the table

"I will give you a few minutes; you see we have a queue forming"

As you leave Doris moves to the till


"That will be ten shillings each if you please"

"Did you enjoy your meal? as she put the transaction through the till

"Thank you for your custom; will we see you tomorrow?

"No not tomorrow, Friday"

"Oh, Yes, Goldsacks tomorrow then, Have a good weekend, see you Monday I hope"


Sadly Joe's Caf has gone

Developers took over the open market space and Joe's was demolished

Joe was paid handsomely and the three of them moved to live by the sea


Wild Rose

May 2019





© 2020 Wild Rose


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This is a precious description of a memorable place. You capture the exact right details to paint this picture in words. I could see & feel the whole scene. You deliver very realistic dialogue that shows an even bigger part of the picture than the descriptions do. I love how they had to ask people to get with it so the queue doesn't get too long! These are the intimate details that bring the essence of a place alive (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Outside was an open space (think it was covered in gravel) where they held a twice weekly market
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wonderful sotry telling Wild one! lots i can relate to .. especially the table and chairs ..they are time pieces ... highly valued in antique shops ... the food and language brought me across the pond .. i can smell the meat pies and deserts .. hear the quiet chatter of the people ... and over that the calls of Fred and Joe back and forth ... what really stand out is how personable they seem ... and thoughtful, courteous and efficient ... and friendly .. all around a winning combination! strong work with the scene setting .. i heard, smelled and saw it all ... i was right there in it!
E.

Posted 1 Year Ago


The details you provide, I could imagine myself entering and sitting down to eat.. What a shame that there aren't too many places as charming and as picturesque as this around any more. Thank you for allowing me to visit.

Take care - Dave

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

1 Year Ago

It was exactly right for busy people with restricted time > Not posh - Good wholesome food at a reas.. read more
the landscape is ever changing and it's sometimes sad to see landmarks torn down and developed into other things. I barely recognize my old neighbourhood anymore

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thanks Edie
Yes I sometimes go on the maps and look at old places
A huge woollen text.. read more
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This was a delight to read Wild Rose. I lost my earlier response in cyberspace. Such a nostalgic write, the place, the people, the food, the manners and the ten bob notes. A treat for me. Pity these places have all but gone. Many thank yous for taking me on a trip this afternoon.

Chris

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thanks Christine > I will write more (I hope) as the memories are recalled
I wish I could ta.. read more
Chris Shaw

2 Years Ago

Expensive doesn't necessarily equate with good. Basic can be marvellous. Good morning.
I didn't realise just how hungry I was whilst reading your piece on the 'Caf'. It certainly brought back memories of greasy spoon cafes I've visited!

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thanks > They serve good food
Been in quite a few transport caffs in my time
Mway se.. read more
I love those sorts of places alas haven’t been in one few and far between but I really enjoyed the recollections you gave and perfect descriptions

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thanks Julie - Yes those sort of places seem to be fading out
We had a Joe's place in the wor.. read more
The place sound wonderful. I miss the old style places. Service with a smile and good food. Thank you dear friend for sharing the amazing story.
Coyote

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Yes a workers Caffe good food quick service, everybody equal
Go in alone; Who will you sit n.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

A wonderful story dear friend. Today, few old fashion places to eat. I cook my own food. I am a good.. read more
Wild Rose

1 Year Ago

Sadly Joe's Has paced for a melamine and shiny chrome fittings place where you pay the earth for slo.. read more
I love this old café you took me to. I was happily taking everything in. The sights, sounds and the people briskly working with clockwork precision. I enjoyed it all. You made it very realistic and entertaining. Your words brought this forgotten café to life.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Thank you DIVYA - It is /was like in the sung "The Old caffe by the harbour" every one was an equal .. read more
DIVYA

2 Years Ago

I wish I was there...Would have loved to
A lovely almost whimsical descrtiption of part of bygone days when the world moved at a slower, more honest and less greedy pace.

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

A place where all are equal
Friendly staff who held no graces or favours > Good wholesome fo.. read more
John Alexander McFadyen

2 Years Ago

My kinda Costa!
This is a precious description of a memorable place. You capture the exact right details to paint this picture in words. I could see & feel the whole scene. You deliver very realistic dialogue that shows an even bigger part of the picture than the descriptions do. I love how they had to ask people to get with it so the queue doesn't get too long! These are the intimate details that bring the essence of a place alive (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wild Rose

2 Years Ago

Outside was an open space (think it was covered in gravel) where they held a twice weekly market
read more

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