Yes, you found someone who remembers the Guinea and the Piggy very well. It was part of a chain of restaurants/theatre clubs owned by Kennedy Caterers, which included The Poor Millionaire, Music a la Carte and The Steak and Wine ss well. I worked as an assistant to Stephen Kennedy and my window was on the third floor, about 3 to the left of the Odeon. Helen Jacobs was Publicity and Advertising Manager, Eunice Jones was Mr. K's PA and Irish Bridget was the tea lady. A South African was manager of the G & P and we often used to go because I got a discount and we were broke and newly married at that time. Do you also remember Henryk's in Earl's Court - what a wonderful place that was! I looked for the site when I was in London last year, but everything has changed so much, I couldn't find it. Sad that you haven't had any other responses, it was a large prominent chain in those days, wonder what happened. I now live in South Africa, but would be delighted to hear what your project is, lovely to reminisce.
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|By coincidence, I was e-mailing a British friend a few minutes ago and mentioned that I had eaten in 1965 in The Guinea and the Piggy. It was uncommon then for restaurants to feature all-you-can-eat buffets. It was on my first trip to Europe. Does anyone in the UK quote prices any longer in guineas?|
I'm an American, but an Anglophile at heart. I like what another British friend once said about July 4th: She said "We call it Good Riddance Day!" She thought I might be offended, but I thought it was a great remark.
|My dad used to go to The Guinea & the Piggy! He and my mum both remember it well. They were at London University - Kings College on the Strand - in the swinging 60's. |
Dad just randomly talked about it once and I've always remembered it as I thought it was such a cool name!! We've talked about it again today over lunch and I just thought I'd google it to see if anything came up!
I love things like this!!
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|Memories...my uncle was the manager there for a while !|
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|My wife Janet Le Tissier used to work at Kennedy Caterers in the mid 60s in the finance department. I too used to eat well at the various restaurants.|