Saturday 31 May 2008 8.19pm
Today I paid a visit to Yummy Yummy in Old Kent Road
. What struck me were the tiles on the wall in there depicting characters of Robin Hood's merry men.
Prior to Yummy Yummy, I remember going there when it was a South American restaurant, again with the same tiles on the wall.
I was wondering if the tiles are under some sort of preservation order?
It brought back memories of me as a child shopping with my mother in J Sainsbury before they became a supermarket conglomerate, when they were just a grocer chain. I remember that they were tiled in white, green and brown tiles from floor to about halfway up the wall.
They sold meats and grocery provisions, cheese, bacon, sausages and all sorts of cooked meats and I think fish all behind glass fronted white marbled displays. The smell of the foods combined with the smell of the sawdust on the floor, I can still smell it when I think of it.
I remember when we used to go there; I used to scan the floor because occasionally there was the odd coin amongst the sawdust that some unfortunate shopper had dropped. I can still remember picking up a 2 shilling piece and looking at my mother and she nodding at me, meaning put it away quickly. Then 2 shillings was a lot of money, but mostly it was the odd penny or thru'pence, or perhaps if you were lucky a sixpence .
After buying your provisions you would go to the checkout and they had a wooden drawer that you placed your shopping in and the checkout lady would pull a wooden handle on the drawer to bring the shopping to her, to price through the till.
Anyway I reminisce, but was wondering if anyone knows the history of the premises, that is now Yummy Yummy.
If anyone knows please let me know.