There’s something come in a few weeks ago I think will make a good question for a Bank Holiday weekend, and it’s a subject I’ve been meaning to mention for years – the lost transport cafe on the Chester Road between Shire Oak Crossroads.
My generation called it ‘Greasy Lil’s’ although I think it was called the Shire Oak Cafe. I only went in once and remember it being a bit dingy, but busy. I believe it finally closed in the early 1990s.
Reader Phil asked:
Do you remember the name of the now demolished diner/restaurant that was situated on the A452 near the quarry?
It was located on the Shire Oak nature reserve side in between Lichfield Road and Castlehill Road.
It was certainly a popular place, and like other lost independent transport cafes – places like The Four Winds in Heath Hayes, Taylors Cafe in Brownhills, The Wishing Well at Rugeley and Maria’s at Hints near Tamworth, memories of them trigger recollections of a lost age.
I believe it may have been owned and run by a chap called Sid Cohen for a while, but I may be confused with the similar cafe that existed further down the Chester Road, later to become a Little Chef and is now an Indian Restaurant.
Does anyone have any memories of this lost roadhouse? Even better, are there any pictures?
If you can help, please do: Comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.