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Lothian Road

Café

Opposite the Usher Hall

1960s-70s

Looking to the south towards Tollcross

Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s

©  Jack Gillon, Edinburgh

 

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    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

 

Edinburgh Recollections

Lothian Road Snack Bar

1.

Sandy CAMERON
Edinburgh

-  Reply to  Bob Sinclair

-  Lothian Road Café

-  Date of Photo

1.

Reply 1

Ray MELVILLE
Rosyth, Fife, Scotland

-  Registration Plate

-  Cars in the Street

1.

Reply 2

Brian ALEXANDER Prestonfield, Edinburgh

-  Registration Plates

-  Cars in the Street

-  Date of the Photo

2.

Ronnie ELDER
Kandy, Sri Lanka

-  Menu

3.

Avril Finlayson SMITH
Strathdale, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

-  Reply to  Bob Sinclair

-  Lothian Road Café

-  Date of Photo

4.

Henry (Hank) KACZYNSKI
Annapolis, Maryland, USA

-  The Lothian Café

-  The Berkeley Bar

5.

George FENNING

-  Lothian Road Café

6.

Rosemary Craig SHARIFF
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

-  Lothian Road Café

7.

Eric Gold
East London, England

-  Lothian Road Café

8.

Ronnie Murphy
West Yorkshire, England

-  Lothian Road Café

 

 Recollections

1.

Sandy Cameron

Edinburgh

Thank you to Sandy Cameron, Edinburgh  for sending this photo in response to a question from Bob Sinclair, Australia

Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s © 

Bob wrote, in Recollections 8 on the 'Edinburgh Cafés and Restaurants page:

Lothian Road

"I remember a Café in Lothian Road where you could sit on stools looking out to the Usher Hall and Lothian Road.  The food there was snack type.  It was not all that great, but it filled a space."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  October 27, 2010

Sandy replied:

Lothian Road Café

"In answer to Bob Sinclair's question about the Café in Lothian Road, I'm sure that the snack bar in the centre of this photo would have been the Café that he remembers:

Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

It was directly opposite the Usher Hall in Lothian Road.  They did a delicious hamburger and fried onion roll."

Sandy Cameron, Edinburgh:  July 6, 2012

Date of the Photo

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

Sandy tells me that he has had this photo for quite a while.  He cannot remember where this photo came from, and he does not know who the photographer might have been.

The number plate on the approaching taxi has a suffix letter 'B'  ***

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 14, 2012

 Update

***  I mentioned here, yesterday, that this registration would have been first issued around 1984.   However, I got that wrong, confusing Reg No letter 'B' prefixes and suffixes.

If I had taken a better look at the photo, it would have been clear that the photo is likely to have been taken much earlier than I had suggested.

Thank you to Ray Melville and to Brian Alexander for pointing this out in Reply 1 and Reply 2 below.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 15, 2012

 

 Recollections

1.

Reply

1.

Ray Melville

Rosyth, Fife, Scotland

Thank you to Ray Melville who wrote:

Registration Plate

"I think the photo of the Lothian Road Café may be a lot older than the 1980s. The 'B' suffix was from 1962/3.

I had an Austin 1300 as my 1st car from that date, but in 1973."

Cars in the Street

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

"The cars parked include:

-  Mark 1 Cortina

-  Ford Anglia

-  Austin A40,

-  Morris Mini

-  Triumph Herald

-  Hillman Imp.

The first parked car may be an Austen Wolseley 1100, circa 1965, but I'm not sure on that one.

This probably places the photo as mid-1960s"

Ray Melville, Rosyth, Fife, Scotland:  July 15, 2012

 

 Recollections

1.

Reply

2.

Brian Alexander

Prestonfield, Edinburgh

Thank you to Brian Alexander for also replying.  Brian's reply was sent at about the same time as that from Ray above.

Brian wrote:

Registration Plates

"The date given for this photo is unlikely to be 1984.

Registrations issued between 1 August 1984 and 31 July 1985 had a 'B' prefix.  The Reg. number on the Taxi was issued between 1 January 1964 to 31 December 1965, it is a reflective type of plate

Reflective plates were optional from 1968 and mandatory from 1 January 1973."

Cars in the Street

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

"The cars parked to the left of the shot include:

MG 1100/1300 manufactured between 1962 and 1968

NSU Prinz (1961-1973)."

Date of the Photo

"I can't remember when Alexander's Ford dealership moved from Lothian Road, I only remember their place in Semple Street.

The sign attached to the side of the Café advertising the Car Park seems to show the hourly cost in decimal currency brought in on 15 February 1971.

I hope this helps to narrow down the date of the photo."

Brian Alexander, Prestonfield, Edinburgh:  July 15, 2012

Date of the Photo

The Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories may also help to narrow down the date of this photo.  I only have one of these directories to hand for the period 1965-1975.  It is the 1970 directory.

For this section of Lothian Road, the directory lists these businesses:

-  80 Lothian Road:  Alexander of Edinburgh Ltd.,
Showroom and School of Motoring

-  20 Lothian Road:  Sandwich Bar

-  18 Lothian Road:  Camera & Instrument Repair Co.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 15, 2012

 

 Recollections

2.

Ronnie Elder

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Thank you to Ronnie Elder who wrote:

Menu

"I first remember using a snack bar in this particular location possibly from around 1951 - it served:

beans on toast (a life-long favorite of mine)

-   spaghetti on toast

-  sausage sandwiches

-  etc.

They didn't seem to mind my propping something to read against the window shelf and taking time to savour and enjoy the snack."

Ronnie Elder, Kandy, Sri Lanka:  July 16, 2012

 

Recollections

3.

Avril Finlayson Smith (née Young)

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Thank you to Avril Finlayson Smith (née Young) for leaving this message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Avril wrote:

Photo

"I'd like to thank Sandy Cameron for the picture of the Café and the Sweet Shop in Lothian Road in the 1960s, opposite the Usher Hall."

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

Café

"This did bring back many happy memories.  I had quite few very tasty bacon rolls in that wee Café, but had forgotten about this."

Sweety Shop

"I hadn't forgotten about the wee sweety shop there.  I often visited it with my mother over the years. The couple who ran it were such a lovely, friendly pair.  Sadly, I can't, at the moment recall their name.

This was one of the shops where you could take your bag of sugar, if you managed to save any during the war, and you would then get some sweets as part-exchange, when they had any stock in.

I never thought I'd see a picture of these places. 

Bicycle Shop

Just up from the Café and sweetie shop is where my husband got his first bicycle, so this too was a happy memory for him.

Many thanks, Sandy, for sharing this and bringing these lovely memories back to us.

Avril Finlayson Smith (née Young), Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, July 16, 2010

 

Recollections

4.

Henry (Hank) Kaczynski

Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Henry Kaczynski wrote:

The Lothian Café

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

"The Café in this photo, The Lothian Café, was popular with the airmen from RAF Kirknewton (RAFK).

The bus stops for RAFK were on Shandwick Place and Atholl Crescent, so that Café got a lot of trade from the Yanks making their way down Lothian Road.  It stayed open after the Pubs closed."

The Berkeley Bar

"The Berkeley Bar, located across the street from the Café, was a favorite hangout for us, and we used to get something to eat at the Café before going to the bus stop for the ride to RAFK.

The Café also got a lot of business from movie-goers at the cinema located at the top of Lothian Road."

Henry (Hank) Kaczynski, Annapolis, Maryland, USA:  July 16+17, 2012

 

Recollections

5.

George Fenning

Beirut, Lebanon

Thank you to George Fenning who wrote to tell me:

Lothian Road Café

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

"I believe the cafe used to belong to my grandfather. It was demolished to make way for the new road.

I attended Portobello School from 1967 to 1973 and during that period had many a free snack from my grandfather in his cafe in Lothian Road.

His name was Charlie Middlemass and I have a photo of him when he was seventeen in his black watch military uniform. he fought in Burma and was a chef in the merchant navy prior to taking up the cafe."

George Fenning, Beirut, Lebanon  7 September 2015 (2 emails)

 

Recollections

6.

Rosemary Craig Shariff

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thank you to Craig Shariff who wrote:

Lothian Road Café

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

"The actual name of the Lothian Road Café was 'The Sandwich Bar'

The property was leased by Sara Armstrong and her son Gordon. I believe the property was leased from British Rail.

I'm pretty sure Mrs. Armstrong was there from around the late-1940s, maybe 1948-49.  I think she remained there until the station ceased to operate in the 1960s."

Rosemary Craig Shariff, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:    8 September 2015  (2 emails)

 

Recollections

7.

Eric Gold

East London

Thank you to Eric Gold who wrote:

Lothian Road Café

Before the Cinema

    Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

"I love the café photo in Lothian Road as it brought back memories to me.  I always had a bite to eat there before going into the Caley and Regal cinemas.

There was also a café in Bread Street near the Blue Halls/ Beverley Cinema"

Eric Gold, East London, England:  10 September 2015

 

 Recollections

8.

Ronnie Murphy

West Yorkshire, England

Thank you to Ronnie Murphy for writing again.

This time, Ronnie wrote::

Lothian Road Café

      Lothian Road -  Cafe opposite the Usher Hall  -  Photo probably taken in the 1980s ©

"We used to call at a late-night cafe in Lothian Road, after a night at 'The Palais'.  It was on the right-hand side, going down Lothian Road.   It sold beefburger rolls.  That was in the 1960s.

Ronnie Murphy, West Yorkshire, England:  17 September, 2015

 

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Lothian Road

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks