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French Restaurant in the 1970s

Lizzy_Faire Sep 14, 2012 10:30 AM

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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    Harters Sep 19, 2012 11:26 AM

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

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      bodessa Sep 19, 2012 04:10 AM

      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: http://www.afn.org/~alplatt/food.html

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      1. re: bodessa
        Lizzy_Faire Sep 19, 2012 09:12 AM

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

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