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Turnkey Restaurant   Comments: 13
Photo: Joe Thomas   Item #: 25143  
Turnkey Restaurant
  Turnkey Restaurant King Street 1970's  

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Comments by A.W., 21st April 2014  
Spent many an happy hour or three in there in the 70s and early 80s

Comments by baker boy, 22nd April 2014  
me and a friend one night went down the turnkey we were supposed to go to the palais but where starving.my mate ordered chicken and barley broth on my recommend.he just had another bowl and skipped the main meal.it was delicious.

Comments by irene roberts, 22nd April 2014  
I can remember going for a meal there in the early 1970s, and also recall going for a night out when there was a group on. They sang Nutbush City Limits, which is all very well sung with a slight American accent, but the lead singer sang it with a Lancashire accent as broad as a pitman's clog, and everyone was just falling about laughing!

Comments by henry7, 22nd April 2014  
Had some fantastic steaks in there in the early 70's. The pearl barley soup was fantastic. The tall lady on the desk was really helpful, was she the owner. Loved the way The Turkey was decorated with lots of Victoriana. Great memories.

Comments by Maggie K, 23rd April 2014  
You went to the Turnkey for a special meal in the 70s - it was a treat to go there.

Comments by Mick, 23rd April 2014  
Henry7 - was the lady you mention Barbara, the wife of the owner, Roger Doxsey?
She was later at the Wiggin Tree, on Parbold Hill.

Comments by DerekB, 23rd April 2014  
Mick and henry7, the lady you mention was Barbara Chew. She was not married to Roger Doxsey, or to anyone else for that matter. She was originally from Blackburn and moved to Wigan to be Manageress of The Turnkey in the early 70s. She lived originally in one of the streets near to the infirmary, but was our next door neighbour here in Standish from 1976 until 18 months ago.

Comments by Gee H, 23rd April 2014  
That is a funny story Irene, I would loved to have heard that!

Comments by Phil Taylor, 26th April 2014  
Love the expression,"Broad as a pitmans clog ".

Comments by Gerry, 26th April 2014  
A friend of mine named Josie Byrne worked on the front desk. In the 70s too

Comments by keith fairhurst, 7th May 2014  
tbone steak for 2.50 brilliant wonder who got the 100 year old bottle of whiskey when it closed.

Comments by Viv Halsall nee Grange, 12th July 2014  
Used to go every week for the chicken & barley broth, Yum! We had our wedding reception there in 1969. I still have the rolling pin the management gave us with the Turnkey burned into it!!!

Comments by Alan Holmes, 5th June 2019  alanholmes01@hotmail.com 
I was head chef there in the mid seventies. I remember making the chicken and barley broth. I used to love doing the Lancashire Nights so I could have bangers and mash. One of my second chefs was David Atherton, if you see this Dave, Big Al says Hi.

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