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Turnkey Restaurant
Photo: Joe Thomas
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Turnkey Restaurant King Street 1970's

Comment by: A.W. on 21st April 2014 at 15:50

Spent many an happy hour or three in there in the 70s and early 80s

Comment by: baker boy on 22nd April 2014 at 09:40

me and a friend one night went down the turnkey we were supposed to go to the palais but where mate ordered chicken and barley broth on my recommend.he just had another bowl and skipped the main was delicious.

Comment by: irene roberts on 22nd April 2014 at 09:47

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!

Comment by: henry7 on 22nd April 2014 at 16:02

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.

Comment by: Maggie K on 23rd April 2014 at 01:16

You went to the Turnkey for a special meal in the 70s - it was a treat to go there.

Comment by: Mick on 23rd April 2014 at 11:41

Henry7 - was the lady you mention Barbara, the wife of the owner, Roger Doxsey?
She was later at the Wiggin Tree, on Parbold Hill.

Comment by: DerekB on 23rd April 2014 at 15:26

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.

Comment by: Gee H on 23rd April 2014 at 22:46

That is a funny story Irene, I would loved to have heard that!

Comment by: Phil Taylor on 26th April 2014 at 11:41

Love the expression,"Broad as a pitmans clog ".

Comment by: Gerry on 26th April 2014 at 15:56

A friend of mine named Josie Byrne worked on the front desk. In the 70s too

Comment by: keith fairhurst on 7th May 2014 at 20:47

tbone steak for 2.50 brilliant wonder who got the 100 year old bottle of whiskey when it closed.

Comment by: Viv Halsall nee Grange on 12th July 2014 at 01:25

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!!!

Comment by: Alan Holmes on 5th June 2019 at 15:01

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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