A discovery during the renovation of a Norwich apartment building has rekindled memories of an old town café and offers a taste of the past.
Boiled beef, plum compotes and custard are among the dishes on a forgotten Cloverleaf Café menu that was unearthed by workers cleaning the upper floors of Mae Cosmetics in St Gregory’s Alley.
Danielle Sheehan, director and lead technician, said: “We relayed the word and taking the old one, we found it.
“I just think it’s such an interesting thing to find because it offers a look back at that time. It points to the Monday menu and has things like steak pie, semolina pudding and jam. , cooked plums and custard, this is really old fashioned food.
“I’m a vegetarian myself, so I don’t think there was too much about it that appealed to me, maybe just the fries. I don’t think they’re really aimed at vegetarians at the time.”
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The menu is now offered to Mrs. Cole’s daughter, Mary Blathwayt, who still lives in Easton.
She said: “I think it probably dates back to the 1950s when they were offering these meal deals. I remember that.
“I spent my entire school vacation there. I was the worst waitress in the world for a while. I also used to bake cakes and sell them for extra pocket money.”
Mr. Scott, who was her godfather, had created the Cloverleaf to take advantage of a government program to encourage dairy bars.
“I think he saw an opportunity, but then he realized he had no expertise to handle it, so he hired my mom as manager,” she recalls. “It was a really happy place. It was pretty hard work but the staff stuck around for years.”
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When Mr. Scott retired in 1960, the sisters took over and ran it until it closed in 1973.
Ms Blathwayt said: ‘At that time there were a lot of restaurants and wine bars in town that had licenses and the Cloverleaf just wasn’t that kind of place, and at that time- there they were too old to really change, so they had to sell. “