Started by: consec (122)


Started: 4th Mar 2009 at 15:22

Posted by: mollie m (6339) 

Happy Palace started off in the Royal Arcade, up some stairs, then the Pacific Ocean opened up on Market Stree along with the Indian Restaurant, Azmir Manzil. Loved them all, but not after the pub. We went in early to get the places more or less to ourselves.

Replied: 4th Mar 2009 at 16:41

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Happy Palace was the First chinese restaurant in Wigan.
Opening in Market St in approx 1957/8.Head waiter T'ing Qa, who I used to have a drink with at the Emp late friday dances

Replied: 4th Mar 2009 at 19:32
Last edited by ©art©: 4th Mar 2009 at 19:34:12

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Brought back some memories there mollie m, I can remember the restaurant up the stairs in the Royal Arcade and when as kids I along with my sister and cousin would go in for a tea or coffee and then pinch a load of sugar lumps to eat on our way home. While on Market St didn't the Happy Palace later began to be nicknamed Sweaty Betty's? It then moved to Upper Dicconson St for a while before closing. The man who ran Manzil's Indian now has his own restaurant on High St Standish, Taste of Bengal.

Replied: 4th Mar 2009 at 19:36

Posted by: thesurgeon (1445)

Ali (as he's known) also has the spice lounge up the weind, as well as having the Taste of Bengal at Standish.
Still get the xmas card to this day.

Replied: 4th Mar 2009 at 20:48

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Spice Lounge is not in the Wiend but in Bretherton Row I believe !

Replied: 4th Mar 2009 at 22:08

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

Remember when Jimmy was the head waiter in the "Pacific Ocean", before he opened the takeaway in Wigan Lane?
He never forgot a face that lad

Replied: 4th Mar 2009 at 22:36

Posted by: ianmcl (inactive)

Ah! Jimmy!

Replied: 5th Mar 2009 at 00:54

Posted by: derek71 (121)

me and her used to frequent pacific ocean regularly,
got good friends with Jimmy often used to see him in morrisons when shopping
always had a smile on his face

Replied: 5th Mar 2009 at 09:15

Posted by: thesurgeon (1445)

The Wiend, Bretherton row, Flax mill, what, we all know where it is. No need for you to 'BELIEVE!'

Replied: 5th Mar 2009 at 19:53

Posted by: marieg (345)

My aunty took me to the Happy Palace when it first opened. We ordered two coffees which when they came were ice cold. Never having been in a Chinese restuarant before we didn't know if this was normal so we just paid and left them.
How soft were we?

Replied: 5th Mar 2009 at 22:45

Posted by: jacqueline leyland (3634) 

Remember going in there drunk one night with boyfriend and about four other lads,they carried me in ,ate,then carried me home and I didn't even know I'd been in the restaurant till they told me the next day. OH HAPPY DAYS

Replied: 6th Mar 2009 at 10:16

Posted by: joseph c (205)

I used to frequent both places with my mates when the nightclubs shut, never remembered what we had eaten, too drunk, I went in the "P" and "O" one night with my girlfriend and we ordered bread and butter with our meal, they brought us bread, with "JAM" on!!??. Never been given jam butties in a restaraunt before, or since! .

Replied: 6th Mar 2009 at 19:58

Posted by: tommymac1 (24)

hi con sec , yea I used to work at smailes butchers and used to deliver meat that was 1967 boy was it busy .

Replied: 6th Mar 2009 at 20:34

Posted by: chatty (7737) 

What about Swetty Bettys?

Replied: 7th Mar 2009 at 20:12

Posted by: Jen2312 (38)

Hi, clutching at straws here I know, but do any of you happen to remember a worker of Oriental origin at any of the Oriental/Indian restaurants of that era (1967) who has the Christian name' Max' (not sure about that though!) He had a brief relationship with a Jean Melling, (formally Jean Williams) .. Desperately trying to trace this 'worker' & this is the only info we have to go off! Also do you know if the old owner of the Pacific Ocean 'Jimmy' is still around? He may hold some vital info for us ..

Replied: 9th Sep 2013 at 12:10

Posted by: awinstanley1 (inactive)

I remember the pacific ocean, in 1962 when I left school I started my first job as a butcher's apprentice for J.MORRIS&SONS,FROG LANE,WIGAN, IT was one the owners Brian who got the contract of suppling meat, one of things I dreaded was every time we went to deliver"charlie would ask us were is my BULL's PIZZLE I think he meant penis but we used to have a laugh explain that we only get bull's around xmas time another was he was a terrible payer he would try everything under the sun to fob you off ,in the end though we learned we would first collect the money, then and only then deliver the meat ,happy days of a butcher's lad in WIGAN.

Replied: 3rd Dec 2013 at 15:33

Posted by: staffbullterrier (2224)

I got a chicken fu yung from the Chinese, it was horrid

I rang them up and told them their chicken was rubbery

ahh fanku velly much they replied

Replied: 3rd Dec 2013 at 17:00

Posted by: baker boy (15456)

I thought those two chinese places for years where Olympic training centres,i personally never saw so many fine runners.

Replied: 6th Dec 2013 at 19:11

Posted by: ken rutter (387) 

What happened to Jimmy not seen him for years good guy

Replied: 30th Jan 2014 at 19:45

Posted by: ecmdj (8186) 

many moons ago used to supply jimmys takeaway with mushrooms started selling them on my bike wi baskets on ,my hubby worked on a farm and used to get them from mushroom farm close by,later got a scooter could take more then to other taeaways ,but jimmy wanted 30 boxes a night ,thats how popular he was ,if only id had a van and could drive .still have my id badge wbc id applied for with my photo on, this was in the seventies

Replied: 31st Jan 2014 at 00:03

Posted by: upthetims (6536)

Jimmy died a couple of years ago,shame as he was a nice chap

Replied: 11th Feb 2014 at 15:06

Posted by: veteran (1602)

When there used to be brassband contests at the drill hall
me and my mate would go across to the pacific ocean got talking to a chef he took us round the kitchen was very clean enjoyed the meals we had there.

Replied: 24th Feb 2014 at 18:07

Posted by: Jen2312 (38)

Hi do any of you know the whereabouts of Ting Qa? The former head waiter at The Happy Palace. Or any details of any of the other staff from Happy Palace. Trying to trace anyone who worked there in the late '60s.

Replied: 22nd Mar 2014 at 12:20

Posted by: kameras (444) 

Didn't know Jimmy had passed away. So sad . He used to be such a friendly person

Replied: 3rd May 2016 at 06:23

Posted by: kameras (444) 

Didn't know Jimmy had passed away. So sad . He used to be such a friendly person

Replied: 3rd May 2016 at 06:24

Posted by: dannyboy1948 (244)

Betty and Ronnie moved from close to where the court house is now situated.Had many a meal sat with Ronnie when I briefly had the Crofters, Previously wasn't it the Happy Palace?

Replied: 3rd May 2016 at 08:10

Posted by: linma (2602)

I think at lunchtime it was 2s 6d for a three course lunch. And I am sure skinned alsations were once found in the fridges!

Replied: 4th May 2016 at 06:41

Posted by: broady (15991) 

You could stand your spoon up in the mushroom soup. I use the term mushroom very lightly.

Replied: 4th May 2016 at 23:12

Posted by: christine marsden (684)

People used to say they had "Alsatian bunah" and" kit- E- kat korma " on the menu at pacific ocean Indian restaurant, lol !!!!

Replied: 21st Jun 2016 at 18:30

Posted by: tonker (21856) 

Pacific Ocean was a Chinese, lol!!!

Replied: 21st Jun 2016 at 22:59


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