Tea time tales

Photo:Book published by QueenSpark Books

Book published by QueenSpark Books

Photo by Henry Bruce

Photo:People interviewed for the book, including several North Laine residents

People interviewed for the book, including several North Laine residents

Photo:Herbert Tennent with his grandson David, 1965

Herbert Tennent with his grandson David, 1965

Photo from David Sewell's collection

Photo:Guests at the book launch enjoyed a special celebratory birthday cake

Guests at the book launch enjoyed a special celebratory birthday cake

Celebrating the 70th birthday of the Pavilion Gardens Café

By Jackie Fuller, North Laine resident

The year 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the Pavilion Gardens Café. Like the Royal Pavilion across the Gardens, the Café is a unique Brighton institution. Throughout the last 70 years it has offered refreshment, relaxation and a certain kind of charm to tens of thousands of visitors from around the world.

A fascinating clientele

The Café also attracts a fascinating clientèle of local people, and some of their ‘teatime tales’ are featured in a new book: Teatime Tales: the Pavilion Gardens Interviews, published on 30th April 2011.

June recalls the old days

The Sewell family has run the Pavilion Gardens Café for the last 70 years. June Sewell recollects the old days:

‘Dad did all the baking’, June explains, running through the list: ‘fruit and coconut rock cakes, blackberry and apple pies, scones, shortbread, iced mince tarts....steak and kidney pies.’

She remembers her father (Mr T) going off in the evening to pick blackberries, which he then brought home to cook before returning to the Café later in the evening to bake fruit pies.

And the tradition continues with her son now at the helm: ‘David is very good at scones – he loves that, you know, like Pop, he loves being part of this quaint Brighton institution.’
[Extract taken from Teatime Tales]

Teatime Tales: The Pavilion Gardens Café Interviews , QueenSpark Books, April 2011 (RRP £5.99) - available from the Pavilion Gardens Café, QueenSpark Books, Royal Pavilion Visitor Information Centre, Waterstone’s, and all good bookshops.


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 210, May/June 2011]

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