In praise of the Greasy Spoon


Breakfast anyone?

There are those amongst us that love the greasy spoon, and if that is you then you will have a favourite or two of your own. Be it the Maylands Café in Hemel Hempstead, the Regency Café in Westminster, the Market Diner in Brighton or the place in Bembridge Isle Of Wight on New year’s Day, these are the havens of peace in an otherwise frenetic schedule to which we gravitate time and time again. I particularly like a café inside St James’s Park station for example.

Here are my thoughts as to why…

Decent Cup of Tea

It all depends on how you were brought up, but to many of us breakfast has to include a decent cup of tea. One benefit of the greasy spoon is that it attracts all sorts from the gent in a suit with a copy of the Times to the builders on their way to a job. This means that when you ask for a strong cup of tea it will be strong. Lovely! Try getting a decent cup of tea from a coffee shop!

Proper Service

Greasy spoons are not franchises, many of the staff work their for years, own it or are related to owners. They know that returning custom is future profit; there’s no ‘have a nice day’, ‘go large’ or ‘pastry with that?’. Apart from the odd Marmite incident they give you what you ask for; if you want three slices of toast that’s what you get!

A sense of timeliness

To a large extent these places are unchanged for decades; Formica tables, roughly the same menu and people sat having their breakfast in peace. On any given day there is a cross section of people having an experience that could easily have happened in the forty years ago (and probably double that) and what better way to start the day!

Anyway, all this talk of food I’m off for lunch!

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About Tony Jones
Big Finish writer, reviewer and blogger, I'm interested in science fiction and Doctor Who. I review for CultBox, The Doctor Who Companion and others. I am also Audio Drama editor for Starburst Magazine, and write the occasional piece for Vortex, the BSFA critical magazine.

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