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When good old fashioned food ruled at Diss Coffee Tavern

PUBLISHED: 09:32 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:32 21 March 2019

Coffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant Library

Coffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant Library

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Roast dinners, steamed puddings and steaming plates of food balanced one on top of the other on aluminium rings these pictures from our archives capture a very different time in the culinary life of Diss.

Coffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant LibraryCoffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant Library

The images of Diss Coffee Tavern taken in 1969 are a glimpse into a time when the town — and national — tastes were more simple, before the mass arrival in supermarkets, restaurants and takeaways of exotic foods.

Despite the long-gone but fondly remembered venue’s name they did cooked traditional English style food, like roast chicken, as well as serving coffee.

Coffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant LibraryCoffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant Library

The menu at the dining rooms opposite Diss Corn Hall on St Nicholas Street boasted home-cooked roasts, suet meat pies, steamed puddings, short crust fruit pies, right down to snacks like beans on toast and hot piping mugs of tea.

The Coffee Tavern was run by Charlie Gardner but it opened long before his time. Mr and Mrs Denny bought the premises in 1914, just before Mr Denny was called up to serve in the First World War.

Coffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant LibraryCoffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant Library

It was a favourite of the cap wearing patrons attending the sales at nearby TW Gaze.

Do you have any memories of the Coffee Tavern? Let us know in the comments below…

Coffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant LibraryCoffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant Library

Coffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant LibraryCoffee Tavern in Diss, 9 May 1969. Photo: Archant Library

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