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Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Railway Canteen - Newcastle

Anyone remember the Railway Canteen behind the Central Station and not far from the New Orleans Club? In the 1960s it used to be a hangout for musicians after gigs as well as drunks and down and outs - often the three categories were interchangeable!. The food was good and it was cheap although if you wanted a knife and fork you had to pay a deposit.
I heard a story once that a drunk was causing trouble and refused to leave as he'd paid for his soup. The manager agreed and poured the soup into the drunk's pocket before evicting him!
However, it was a good meeting point for gigsters aprés gig.
Of course if you'd had a good paying gig then Bowers' All-Night Restaurant on the corner of Pink Lane was preferred although it didn't have quite the earthy ambiance of the Railway Canteen.
Happy days!
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Bowers used to get busy and The Rattler was the alternate. It did not open until the Station Buffet in the Central closed!
No women allowed except the staff!
Kippers were good at 3.30am after the Downbeat!
Once saw the staff requesting Dave Charnley the famous Boxer to remove his girl-friend.
I seem to remember she stayed.

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