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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 6th July, 2020)


The former Poole’s Cafe, Wallgate. Now Pat and Dad’s Kitchen and Bar, Let’s hope they survive the lockdown.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX200)
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Comment by: Veronica on 6th July 2020 at 00:27

Looks rather nice ...I hope they get back in the kitchen and make a success of it.

Comment by: Ken R on 6th July 2020 at 01:19

Have had lots of good food at Pooles.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th July 2020 at 07:47

An attactive old shop front with the stained glass windows upstairs, looks like they have some red geraniums on the sills.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 6th July 2020 at 07:49

Has an easy-to-navigate homepage with pictures to match - just hope the place doesn't succumb to a frontage of fairground appeal. Sometimes bought one or two small items from Pooles before crossing the road to catch the 352 back home. Wigan Wallgate.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 6th July 2020 at 08:54

When did it change from being Marty's ?

Comment by: Gary on 6th July 2020 at 09:02

Those cafe names!
When I was very young, cafe names stuck with me in family conversations. Wigan? Pooles definitely, Gorners and I seem to remember Voses. Bolton? Percivals. Horwich? Ferrettis.
These businesses have been hammered in the lockdown.
Hope they survive.
Another evocative photo Dennis - keep em coming.

Comment by: Bradshaws Girl on 6th July 2020 at 09:02

This was originally Hirst's . It was a good old fashioned grocers ... you know the kind of thing ... flour and sugar in sacks, butter on a marble slab etc.
In the 1960's and 1970's I worked for the school meals service and Mr Hirst had the contract for the supply of "Dry Goods". He was a character of the old fashioned kind - very polite and correct. He did all the deliveries himself and always wore a brown lab coat. If he was serving in the shop the coat was white. Happy memories.

Comment by: Mick on 6th July 2020 at 09:26

I dont think they will be successful with a name like Pat and Dad’s Kitchen and Bar to be honest, and if they are serious about making a proper go at it they should take advantage of the wooden board were POOLES had there name, so that everybody using the railway station and people passing by on the bus can see it.

Comment by: Garry on 6th July 2020 at 09:54

Nice photo of what was once a rundown building.
These adverts in between the comments are annoying. Bring back the old format. I need a Sherry. (Later).

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 6th July 2020 at 10:29

Like the 'brown lab-coat', 'Girl.

Comment by: Riocaroni on 6th July 2020 at 11:04

They have been doing very well during the lockdown selling meals Thursday to Saturday and gorgeous Sunday lunches. They are reopening on the 1st of August.

Comment by: Dennis Seddn on 6th July 2020 at 11:31

That's good to hear riocaroni.

Comment by: Alan on 6th July 2020 at 11:34

Phil gormley has poor teast .

Comment by: Veronica on 6th July 2020 at 12:31

Is there a 'techi' in the house? We need support ....before we start climbing the walls!
Sherry's not enough Garry...

Comment by: irene roberts on 6th July 2020 at 12:45

I remember sitting in Poole's cafe with my daughter many years ag. It was like stepping back into the thirties. I loved it. xx

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 6th July 2020 at 12:49

I like the new format but agree with Garry, the adverts are very annoying !

Comment by: Maureen on 6th July 2020 at 15:32

Alan don’t be so rude.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 6th July 2020 at 16:32

We had a takeaway from there last weekend. The food was good - but it was cold :(

I agree about the wooden board at the top. Missed opportunity there!

Comment by: MikeW on 6th July 2020 at 17:51

Isnt this supposed to be a conservation area? If so I suspect planning regulations may apply to signage.

Comment by: burtspieeater on 7th July 2020 at 08:44

Thankfully I don't see any adverts anywhere. No idea why.

Comment by: Methinks on 9th July 2020 at 00:26

Remembering Pooles, best pies in Wigan and the cafe was a 'throw back in time', what happened to them? I seem to recall that Dave Whelan bought them, but what happened after that?

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