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1971 Cafe Prices

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Trying to put together a menu for food and drink in 1971.

Anyone help?

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Habsish

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I believe that was the year when the UK changed from £sd to decimal.

Probably fun to use the old coinage - this might help: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/historic-inflation-calculator

Thanks for that.

Writing a comedy programme which is based in a cafe just after decimlisation. Wish to refer to prices current in 1971 for food and drink, plus white goods etc.

H

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I recall getting a gas cooker for £50 but can't really remember much else.

I wonder if anyone out there has an old menu? Found My link but it is suppose to be from the 60's so prices might be low

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Chicken Pie £1 is quite surprising.

In fact all the prices are higher than I would have guessed.

You'd still expect a basic cafe meal for not much more than £5

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Coast,

Many thanks for the link and photos - most helpful. Do you happen to know where photos of the cafe and menu were taken. It must have been 1971 or before as decilimisation occurred in 1971.

4wd thought prices were high but I suppose it depends where it was.

Regards

H

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Chicken Pie £1 is quite surprising.

In fact all the prices are higher than I would have guessed.

Bet you'd like to be paying it now though eh? :winky:

I suspect the chicken pie had real chicken in it back then, not gravy, vegetables and some indescribable lumps.....

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Do you happen to know where photos of the cafe and menu were taken.

Certainly in the 1970's, it came from here: http://www.classiccafes.co.uk/History.html

The menu was specifically listed as a 1971 one, obviously just before decimalisation. There is a whole heap of info on 'The Golden Egg' cafe chain here:

http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/learning/designingbritain/html/goldenegg.html

but it sounds like you want a good old 'Rosie Lee Cafe' style for bikers, builders and truck drivers? Of course there was (and still is) the Wimpy chain:

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimpy_(restaurant)

I can be specific about this one: 9th July 1971: A gang of Hell's Angels outside the Rising Sun Cafe.

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and this one with some famous old rockers; L-R Rick Grech, Anthony 'Reebop' Kwaku Baah, Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Dave Mason (back) and Jim Gordon (front) of Traffic in Mike's Cafe in Blenheim Crescent, West London on July 11th 1971

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Please, for authenticity, don't forget the sauce jars!!!!

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There's also a wealth of 1970's nostalgia here: http://escape-to-the-seventies.com/ and here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/ilove/years/1971/

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It needs pointing out that is not 'A gang of Hells Angels'

They could be described as Rockers perhaps.

Hells Angels is a somewhat elite motorcycle club, not a vaguely titillating description for any group of motorcyclists.

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It needs pointing out that is not 'A gang of Hells Angels'

They could be described as Rockers perhaps.

Hells Angels is a somewhat elite motorcycle club, not a vaguely titillating description for any group of motorcyclists.

Well I can only go by the Hulton Library description!! :lol:

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Great thanks to Coast and everyone for your help.

Regards

H

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I didn't realise they sold veggie food back then. Though I expect 'vegetarian pizza' is probably just a plain cheese and tomato one?

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Well I can only go by the Hulton Library description!! :lol:

They often make the same stupid gaff in newspapers but that doesn't make it right.

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Thanks for that.

Writing a comedy programme which is based in a cafe just after decimlisation. Wish to refer to prices current in 1971 for food and drink, plus white goods etc.

H

It may be well to recall that when this happened most of the traders rounded up the figures in their favour, so this may give you some food for thought.

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