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Sep 14, 2012 10:30 AM

French Restaurant in the 1970s

Please forgive the odd query, but for anyone old enough to remember, they may be able to help me.

When I was a wee thing in 1977 I went to French restaurant in central London, not sure where, but the image of it is unforgettable and it is driving me insane!

It was situated in a Georgian home and above the doorway, outside, was a large cage with parrots and a peacock, I believe, all sorts of exotic birds. Inside, I sat in an armchair in the the front parlour, had an aperitif and ordered, then moved into the restaurant for my meal, which was duck, I believe. Anyway, it was a sumptuous experience and obviously the restaurant is long gone, but if anyone has a clue of what I'm talking about, I'd love to know the name of the place and where it was.

Thank you.

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  1. Banking on the fact that memories of 35 years ago might be slightly hazy, two suggestions:
    - The Gasworks: a huge birdcage certainly sounds like the kind of thing they might have gone for. And I'm sure duck was one of the few things they ever cooked!
    - Le Gavroche: not in a Georgian home (and I'm doubtful about the birdcage too!),but the front bar/back restaurant set-up fits the bill.

    This list might help:

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    1. re: bodessa

      Thank you. Le Gavroche is the closest I've come to finding it.

    2. Could be anything (and very long gone). French places were much more popular and prevalent here back then.