Pedal power brought customers flocking to pit stop
Tewkesbury’s Willow Cafe, which overlooked the Cross, was first named the Victoria Restaurant.
The building at 61 High Street had once been a pub called the Ship and Castle, but in the last half of the 19th century tea and coffee replaced mild and bitter.
Around the turn of the century, cycling became a popular leisure activity.
The bicycle brought a sense of freedom that had never been known.
The Victoria Restaurant, like many of its kind, was approved by the Cyclists’ Touring Club and offered clean, inexpensive accommodation to travellers who had pedalled from as far as Birmingham, Bristol or Oxford.
Many Tewkesburians with a memory that stretches back to the 1960s will recall the Doddo Cafe.
This half-timbered building stood in the High Street (where the library is today) with Nellie Jones’ sweet shop and Shakespeare’s new and second hand furniture emporium as its neighbours.
The Doddo cafe was a popular meeting place.
At its entrance was a heavy, studded wooden door said to have been taken from the Abbey. It was demolished in 1965.
Sophisticated diners made for Barsanti’s restaurant.
Italian emigrant, Palmiro Barsanti established his eating house at 9 Church Street, next to the Berkeley pub.
To the rear was his Italianate garden where classical statues, ornamental pagodas, trellised arcades and striped sunshades mushroomed above the tables. Palmiro’s home made ice cream was highly regarded.
Barsanti Tea Rooms and Berkeley Arms
Doddo’s Cafe, left, and Willow Cafe overlooked The Cross