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Terry's Milk Bar

Upper St James's Street 1960s
Image reproduced with kind permission of The Regency Society and The James Gray Collection

Sort of cosy place

Does anyone remember Terry’s Milk Bar in Upper St James’s Street? In the late 1950s it was a sort of cosy place where you could get a coffee and some chips for next to nothing. I was one of the lads that just hung around all day eating chips. The bloke who owned the place was a Canadian who was over the road in the pub most of the time. As I was there most of the time, Terry the owner would say “If anyone comes in pop over to the pub and give me a shout”.

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Easy days: good fun

I did that for a while, and then I started just cooking simple grub instead of bothering Terry in the pub. I also served in an ad hoc fashion. It was fun; I had a good time, dossing around and eating. I also prepared rolls every morning for the Tyresole factory a few doors down. When I appeared the girls knew it was time for their tea break. Some of the older lads had motorbikes which they let me go for a spin on. They were easy days and good fun.

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  • Just as a comment the photo shown is not of Terry’s milk bar. The milk bar was further along the road towards Upper Bedford Street around that left hand bend in the road almost as far as the eye can see, next door to Tyresoles rubber factory, and opposite the pub. It was just a couple of shops from St. John the Baptist school. I had some good (lazy) times there just scoffing chips and coffee. How Terry ever made a penny is beyond me as he was always coming over the road from the pub to take whatever takings were in the till to wet his whistle even further.

    By Mick Peirson (26/03/2015)
  • Hi Mick. Was the pub you mention (as being across the road from Terry’s Milk Bar) the Hand in Hand, on the corner of Marine Gardens? Regards, Alan.

    By Alan Hobden (27/03/2015)
  • Hello Alan, I had forgotten the name of the pub but that is the location exactly.

    By Mick Peirson (28/03/2015)
  • Wasn’t Fogels the bakers on that corner? Am sure Hand in Hand pub was further down in St James’ Street.

    By Jan (28/03/2015)
  • I’m not sure about Fogels, Jan, but the Hand in Hand pub is still there today, on the corner of Marine Gardens. It’s painted yellow and red now.

    The extensive Hampshire Court (a continuous series of low-rise, four- storey, blocks of flats) occupies the site opposite the pub on the north side of the road, where Mick placed the original Terry’s milk bar. Regards, Alan.

    By Alan Hobden (29/03/2015)
  • Perhaps the pub was the City of Hereford? Click here and read the Comments section to find out more.

    By Peter Groves (29/03/2015)
  • if you look at the picture you can see a second person in the background – that is where Fogels used to be.

    By John Eaton (17/07/2015)
  • Thanks John.  Yes I can see that now. I used the hairdresser opposite, can’t recall the name – probably “Maison” something, as that’s what most were called then.

    By Jan (18/07/2015)
  • Hi, my mother apparently worked in the milk bar, she was called Rachel Pritchard Evans in 1950. Does anybody know of her?  Sadly she died almost immediately after I was born in 1958 but I would love to hear from anybody who knows of her.

    By Caroline Evans (02/07/2017)
  • O yes, what lovely memories I have – the best days of my life. We all met in there – it was like one big family. we had our scooters and we would all go out for a ride around and all come back to the cafe. and sometimes we would go over to the Hand in Hand. Micky Holmes, Johny Wells,  Micky Sheppard. Does anyone remember Maxin who got killed – she lived a few doors away from the cafe. The pie shop was fantastic down St James Street. We all used to go down there for the beano pies. What great times we had. xx


    By Rosemary Brazill (16/12/2017)

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