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(Message started by: MGW on Jun 30th, 2015, 1:09am)

Title: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by MGW on Jun 30th, 2015, 1:09am
I used to eat at an Restaurant called the sombrero on Ley Street opposite C&A. They cooked a wonderful steak. Can anyone tell me if it's still open?    

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Scribbles on Jun 30th, 2015, 1:06pm
That end of Ley Street was closed off to traffic many years ago and buildings demolished to make way for the Exchange shopping mall.  I do vaguely remember seeing the Sombrero several decades ago but never went in it.  If it relocated, I've no idea where to and it's not currently listed by BT or Yell.com

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jun 30th, 2015, 8:39pm
Hats off to Sombrero.
Gone to the great hatstand in the sky.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jun 30th, 2015, 8:39pm
Hats off to Sombrero.
Gone to the great hatstand in the sky.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Pompadour on Jul 1st, 2015, 2:30pm
Yerv got an echo echo Tobes. ;-D

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 2nd, 2015, 11:09am
It was so good I said it twice.
It was so good I said it twice.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Pompadour on Jul 2nd, 2015, 3:20pm
Yer can say that again.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by ktype on Jul 6th, 2015, 10:13am
Unfortunately, this 2014 view is rather congested with traffic (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.559459,0.070149,3a,75y,61.03h,87.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sK7rxOu7Cq17UCMLdMGEL4w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en) but it may help to refresh your memory.

Wilkinsons (Wilko) is the original C & A building - it became Woolworths after C & A pulled out of the UK - with Balfour Approach to the left of it and what was Ley Street to the right, now the entrance to the Exchange Shopping Centre behind the flower stall. If you pan to the right you will see a bus at a stop in a layby: this is directly outside Bodgers.

This 2008 view (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.559459,0.070149,3a,75y,96.77h,76.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMpNoOrLyJ5iagyp6GbWeTw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en) is a bit clearer.

You can see the extent of the development here:

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii16/ktype_photo/forum/Exchange.png

The now truncated Ley Street stops at the right and the Exchange extends over the railway to emerge in the High Road at a point where there used to be a parade of shops set back from the road which included W H Smith, if that rings any bells ...

Map data OpenStreetMap contributors, licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 licence.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Pompadour on Jul 6th, 2015, 1:03pm
I notice that on the map above, Ilford town hall is now Redbridge town hall, when did that happen.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by ktype on Jul 6th, 2015, 2:23pm
In 1965, I would guess, when Ilford became part of the new borough of Redbridge. However, as it was the only Town hall in the new borough, I think it has alrays been known more popularly as Ilford Town Hall unlike, say, East Ham Town Hall which became Newham Town Hall with the old name disappearing from use virtually overnight.

Googling 'Ilford Town Hall' returns lots of results for Redbridge Town Hall but following one link at random finds an entry for 'Ilford Town Hall (also known as Redbridge Town Hall)' on the borough's own website so I think it is reasonable to assume that Ilford Town Hall isn't dead yet and shows no signs of ever being so - despite what the 'official' name is ...

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 6th, 2015, 6:43pm
Referring to an earlier ktype posting the C&A building was formerly the Super Cinema which caught the blast of a V2 rocket in 1945 and remained boarded up until developed in the very late 1950's.
Similarly ,some of us oldies will remember the old Ilford Hippodrome site at the corner of Ilford Lane and the High Street which was also blasted by a separate V2 in 1945 and also remained boarded up until about 1957

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 6th, 2015, 8:41pm
back to ley street,... I read somewhere that lidl are planning to build a supermarket here,.. any views about this ?

http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/lidl_submit_planning_application_for_supermarket_on_ley_street_1_3959253

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by ktype on Jul 7th, 2015, 10:09am
I wonder if this has fallen through as the site is currently displaying signs advertising the site as being available for redevelopment ...

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Scribbles on Jul 7th, 2015, 4:12pm
Well, how many branches of Lidl can one area sustain?  It's reaching the  point where you can't spit in any direction without it landing on a Lidl. I just checked their website which lists no fewer than 8 branches within 4 miles of here. That almost matches Tesco's 9 branches in the same radius! Presumably, for every new supermarket that opens, an existing one is losing business so the bubble has to burst at some point.  ???

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Wessex on Jul 7th, 2015, 9:12pm
Well you know what they say, Every Lidl Helps.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Pompadour on Jul 8th, 2015, 2:08pm

on 07/07/15 at 21:12:45, Wessex wrote:
Well you know what they say, Every Lidl Helps.

Were you Co-opted to say that. ::)

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Wessex on Jul 8th, 2015, 6:30pm

on 07/08/15 at 14:08:15, Pompadour wrote:
Were you Co-opted to say that. ::)


Hm, there's no safe way to answer that.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 10th, 2015, 8:52pm

on 07/07/15 at 16:12:23, Scribbles wrote:
Well, how many branches of Lidl can one area sustain?  ???


I thought it would be Tesco that would try and squeeze as many branches (whether it be norm Tesco or Tesco express) as it could into a town, how many does the Ilford/Redbridge area have ?

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Scribbles on Jul 10th, 2015, 10:52pm
As I said somewhere up-thread, there are 9 Tesco branches of various sizes within four miles of here ('here' being IG2 xxx)

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 11th, 2015, 8:40am
9!, how many branches does the Ilford ig2 area need?

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Scribbles on Jul 11th, 2015, 6:47pm
My feeling is, probably not that many but Tesco's marketing and development people would probably disagree.  Personally, I rarely visit any of them, preferring to do most of my grocery shopping online and occasionally dashing into whichever food retailer is nearest to where I am at the time for any odds and sods between orders.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 11th, 2015, 10:27pm
Where I live,a leafy SW London borough, we have a M&S food store,a Budgens,Tesco  not sure what they call it but it's mid size, a mini Asda and against the wishes of the town Sainsburys won a planning appeal to open a mini shop where there used to be an independent retailer.
Asda is always empty,Tesco is busy Budgens stays open all hours,M&S is always busy.
Asda is talking about closing down ,no one goes there, so what's the sense of Sainsbury's opening in our town.
Lot of opposition to Sainsbury as it will open at the start of the town in a conservation area and will not give the right impression of a small high st full of independent shops.
I will not buy a thing from there and I hope no one else does.
I'm glad Tesco is going down the pan.I used to shop there but found that week by week they'd push their prices up a few pennies at a time,I find them very sneaky and I always felt cheated.
My shopping this week was Aldi and Lidl(very close to each other.I don't feel cheated there.Big Asda  almost next door...Yorkshire tea at 4.00,usually 5;70
Then on to Iceland ,a short walk,...frozen roasting veg and Aunt Bessie spuds,then on to big Sainsburys for Oral b toothpaste which was a cheaper than anywhere else.
All just outside our town but all close to each other.
Can't remember what this thread was about now but I've had a go at Tesco and Sainsbury's for free.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 12th, 2015, 9:38am

on 07/11/15 at 22:27:33, Toby wrote:
...Yorkshire tea at 4.00,usually 5;70
.


how many tea bags do u get for 4 ??

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 12th, 2015, 10:41am
240 yanny,
We've tried cheaper teas and prefer Yorkshire to all the others.
I blame it on our tap water.
cheapest I've ever bought YT before is 4.50 on offer and that's not often so 4.00 is a bargain.
I compare prices of the branded products on mysupermarket,Aldi and lidl don't do much branded stuff so doesn't work with them.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 16th, 2015, 11:01am
Yorkshire tea do tea bags for hard water areas and normal water areas, don't know how they make two different types of tea bag.......


Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 16th, 2015, 11:37am
I think it's probably in the blend of tea,not in the composition of the bag.
Eg,for soft water they throw in a bit more tea dust!

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 16th, 2015, 2:11pm
tea dust goes so well with a chocky bikky or 3.....   [smilie:laughing]

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 16th, 2015, 5:43pm
Forgot to mention in an earlier post that we have a small Morrisons opposite Tesco's,it's been open a couple of years.
It's always empty...and as a consequence is closing at the end of the month.
Good bloomin' riddance...I hope the same happens not long after the new Sainsbury's comes.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 16th, 2015, 5:45pm
Incidentally,what's that new Yorkshire Tea ad on tv all about?

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 16th, 2015, 10:10pm
I haven't seen the advert but I popped along to my local sainsburys and had to take a photo of this..........

you paid 4 for 240 Yorkshire tea bags but I was expected to pay nearly 6 for the same amount....... don't think so!

http://i59.tinypic.com/6htaty.jpg

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by Toby on Jul 16th, 2015, 10:40pm
Yep Yanny,that's the normal price....rip off.
I checked my supermarket tonight and Asda still has it at 4.00.
I'll buy a couple more packs tomorrow and I'll have cheap tea for a year.
Yorkshire tea is good because you can get 2 cups from one teabag,the other top brands are only good for one cup.

Title: Re: Ley street Restaurant in Ilford
Post by yanny on Jul 17th, 2015, 1:34pm
might pop down to asda then....... [smilie:slurp]



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