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Offline Ajemp

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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2015, 12:16:16 »

     Hi Aashurbanipal,I can remember the casa ventana very well, smoky, dark, some strange music  playing,


                          took  my girl friend there ( now my wife)   it was seedy place at the best  of time, there was a chap there  called  chabbers   always very friendly.  there was no health  and safety  just the one stair case to struggle up there was columns of bricks  seperating  people,  a dark and dingy  celler but we enjoyed it , the place to be seen (almost).............ajemp

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« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2015, 19:47:06 »
 I too remember the Parlour, the Eleven Steps (evenings down the cellar, jiving and trying to escort a girl home, crafty trips to the Royal Exchange or the Van Alten, as the female manager took a dim view of people who smelt of beer), the Pie Stall (on my Stag night I was lent against the wire fence and immediately slumped sideways behind the Stall) and the Casa Vantana (trying to persuade friends it was not nice to top the sugar bowl with cold coffee).

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« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2015, 15:46:22 »
I remember The Parlour well. I and friends used to go there almost daily around 1957-58. It was just a good place for the young to hang out. That's where I heard all those great rock 'n' roll records by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Fats Domino. The jukebox had a real mix jazz and skiffle as well as rock 'n' roll and pop. Downstairs there was a small dance floor for jiving and another jukebox.

Along the road towards Chatham, on the other side, was the Eleven Steps coffee bar (eleven steps down to the basement) where, I seem to remember, Italian-suited youngsters would hang out, with sharp pointed shoes, listening to modern jazz and being cool. The Parlour had more of a mix of people hoop-skirted girls, woolly-sweatered beatniks, latterday teddy boys. It was the beginning of the subcultures. Then, further into Rochester, in the High Street by the cathedral was the Casa Ventana, owned I think by Tony LaTrobe. It too had a downstairs where I think there was live music, probably jazz.

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« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2012, 02:21:52 »
That's the place Bryn just where the banks started going towards Rochester. Doug Harris had his pinball and juke box repair shop and office virtually opposite.
I applied for a job there once but Doug had good sense and didn't employ me! :) The main reason I wanted a job there was a mate did the servicing and emptying of the coin out of machines installed in pubs over a huge area outside the Medway Towns. They had no coin counters in those days and he told me it was..."Sixpence for me, sixpence for the landlord and sixpence for Doug"!
The 3 way split worked well as he had a very nice home (Upchurch way I think) with a huge cache of sixpences in boxes under a bedroom floorboards and an E Type Jag like Doug's.
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« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2012, 15:00:11 »
Go on I will throw my hands up to that for both places. The pies were lovely  :)

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« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2012, 08:58:01 »
My mum also went in the Parlour where she used to get Ice cream so I'm not sure how long this place was running ,it must of been a good few years before it stopped being a cafe .The other place we went to for a coffee was in Rochester high street sort of opposite Eastgate house (I think) it was called Roccos (not sure of spelling) I can remember sitting with my friends and playing tricks with the salt pots and mustard pots etc ,Il say no more :)
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« Reply #24 on: February 12, 2012, 20:17:09 »
Oh good I am thinking of the right place then,thank you,didnt there use to be another coffee bar on the other side of the road called the Steamboat ? probably late sixties early seventies.

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« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2012, 19:03:51 »
snodlandmalc. Yes The parlour did later become a bathroom show room.
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« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2012, 17:46:11 »
Yes and Yes  :) not sure what the Parlour is now ? I never knew that Doug Harris had the downstairs opened up though, that was a new one for me.

Gaggia machines were wonderful providing the handle didn't slip through your fingers, as I found to my cost TWICE  :) and emptied the cafe of customers ( not the Parlour though  :) ) The steam that escaped made it sound like an explosion. How could I do it a second time though ? funny how I was moved to a different shop without a cafe after that  :)

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« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2012, 16:58:57 »
Me too,I always thought frothy coffee was called Esspresso and had a shock when I got a little cup of black treacle !
The big question is what were the machines called, Gaggia ?
Didnt the Parlour become a bathroom showroom in the 70's

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« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2012, 16:26:17 »
So....  the question is - what was the coffee bar coffee from the 'good old days' called - was it -

Expresso or Espresso?

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« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2012, 15:00:42 »
Ditto, JohnWalker - glad I wasn`t the only to get caught!

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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2012, 14:50:28 »
I always remember the coffee of the those times as being called Expresso - could just have been Canterbury Speak though  :)

I also got caught out by ordering espresso thinking I was getting a milky coffee like the 'old' days.  I sat there waiting for the milk to arrive to pour the neat coffee into !!  The Italian owner was most put out when I complained  :)

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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2012, 14:43:02 »
Thanks, Lyn L! I thought that was the place. I wonder when Espresso became Cappucino. I remember, many years ago, asking for Espresso and getting a very small quantity of thick, black and very strong coffee. I thought that there had been a mistake but it appeared that I hadn`t kept up with the times.

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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2012, 14:29:35 »
You've got the place BC, it was opposite the North Foreland pub on that raised bit of pavement as you say.
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