Chapter 28: Lyon’s Corner House


Customers enjoying afternoon tea at Lyon’s Corner House on Coventry Street, London, 1942

About this time, I remember going with a friend to Lyon’s Corner House for tea.

We had a pot of tea and a Lyons Individual Fruit Pie each.  Having paid, the waiter came up to me and asked if everything was all right.  I said I thought everything was all right.  “Well what about a tip then ?”.

Out of pure shock, I gave him a florin which was the same as we had paid for the tea.

BAKERY - Individual Fruit Pie Box 1960sThe Lyon’s Individual Fruit Pie seems to have disappeared from the variety of products produced by that company.  They were first produced in the 1930s and, for some unknown reason, to me that is, they stopped in 1968.  It has been said that, during that time, they produced, and sold, two billion of them.  There were fourteen flavours, they were about  three and a half inches square and three-quarters of an inch thick.  The pasty, a short pastry, with sugar sprinkled on top encased a fully loaded interior.  I remember some of the fillings, like Blackcurrant, Mincemeat, Blackberry and Apple, Cherry and Pineapple.  They cost 1/3d.

Next chapter: Chapter 29: Army Reunion

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