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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 13th December, 2022)

Up And Running?

Up And Running?
Truly Scrumptious, Aspull - up and running again?

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Derek Platt on 13th December 2022 at 00:24

Good photo Dennis. I would rather have a Galloways meat and potato pie.

Comment by: Julie on 13th December 2022 at 08:34

"Good" i am so glad it is trading once again i was scared of it being took over and turned into something we did not need like a fast food outlet. We do not need.

Comment by: Aspullitus on 13th December 2022 at 09:48

I don't think we have enough posh people with money to burn in our village to keep Truly Scrumptious going to be honest, and I'm sure any passing peckish motorist would nip into the Galloways Wigan pies outlet for a quick snack.

Comment by: DTease on 13th December 2022 at 11:33

Only posh people can afford to buy a pie these days Aspullitus, have you seen the price of a meat and Prato?

Many years ago, Arthur Winrow had a shop on Scot Lane, Aspull and he made the best meat and Prato pies in the world.
Sometimes, when you went in the shop you could see Arthur working his magic in the back room. He always wore a long white pinny and a woodbine in the corner of his mouth, every so often the ash would fall off the end of the woodbine into the pie ingredients he was mixing and some people swore that it was the ciggie ash that made the pies so good.
He always baked his pies in tins and sold them straight from the oven, if you didn’t return the tin you didn’t get another pie!
I would give a king’s ransom for one of those pies now….if I had a king’s ransom that is.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th December 2022 at 11:56

It’s a lovely place for a cup of tea for those on Dicconson Lane who are gasping and have had to trek all up there if they haven’t a car unfortunately - or bike and no bus! It’s not somewhere you could just nip out to really….

Comment by: Gary on 13th December 2022 at 13:51

Dtease - I recall older relatives talking about Winrow's meat and potato pies, but cannot remember having one myself.
In my experience here on the North East coast there has been a huge growth in foodie shops - bakers, delicatessens and such like, some good, some indifferent, but all expensive.
Example - hand made brioche roll, engulfing a sausage cooked with Dijon mustard @ £4.95 or a thin slice of Victoria sponge, with cream, jam and rhubarb filling @£4.60.
Younger people buy these products - not posh, but working. The same type who buy a new expensive kitchen for their home and only use the microwave or the fan oven to warm things up.
Fairly sure the shop beyond Galloways used to be the Westinghouse Coin-Op launderette, where I worked on Sunday mornings, 1968/69, for the 13 shillings and 6 pence wage which paid for a night out at Bolton Palais - with about 2 bob change.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 13th December 2022 at 15:40

D Tease, your comment on the pie maker reminded me of a bakers shop in Samos. All looked very tidy out front, rustic bread in baskets etc....I looked through to the bakehouse & there was the baker, longish hair all over the place, filthy apron & a fag hanging dangerously between his lips. How is it The Greeks & other EU countries just ignore any EU Health Directives, where we wimps in the UK followed them to the letter......it was a great bakers shop & we survived all that we bought there & the bread was like the stuff your granny used to make, not modern day pap.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 13th December 2022 at 16:01

I wonder if DTease remembers the brontosaurus burgers that Ernie Flintstone …
… ( Fred’s cousin ) used to sell from his leg propelled burger van in that lay-by at Chequerbent ?
Ernie’s missus used to do a decent fried dodo egg on toast an’ all … or so I’m told .

Bit of a trailblazer was Ernie actually , as you didn’t see many of those burger vans about at the back end of the Jurassic period .
If only he’d have waited until after they’d constructed the A6 and the M61 , he’d have been trundling down to the Natwest with barrow loads of sea shells and flint arrowheads now .

Comment by: irene roberts on 13th December 2022 at 18:34

I have never been in Truly Scrumptious....is it expensive? I agree about the prices of pies and pasties these days, but the young ones don't seem to turn a hair! I also agree that we have become wimps. I found a small tin of ham in my cupboard yesterday with a best before date of January 2021, I realised we have probably taken it to the caravan for the past two seasons, but hadn't used it and had brought it home. Anyway, we opened it and there was nothing wrong with it at all....it was delicious! But how many people, on noticing the date, would have just thrown it in the bin? We never had best before dates when I was a child....your sight and your nose told you if something was "off".

Comment by: DTease on 13th December 2022 at 18:53

I remember Ernie Flintstone Ozy. He were a grand lad, he used to save brontosaurus bones fer mi dog.
One leg bone would last him a good twelve months un when dog had done wi it we threw it in stewpot, fed awe family that bone did.
Wi didn’t waste nowt in them days tha nose.

Comment by: Edna on 13th December 2022 at 20:16

Been in there for a nice treat, in summer. I was wondering why it closed.

Comment by: Veronica on 13th December 2022 at 21:21

Don’t give Ozy ideas Dtease. I know what the smell of the bone works in Westhoughton was like. It used to turn my stomach over, it took years to get used to it.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 13th December 2022 at 21:49

I'm glad Truly Scrumptious has re-opened,i heard that there had been a problem with the lease on the property,but hopefully all sorted now.It is a lovely spotlessly clean cafe with reasonably prices.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 13th December 2022 at 22:06

My old grandad used to cart the muck from Ernie’s brontosaurus farm in a handcart and spread it on his allotment .
He never actually grew anything on the allotment , he did it just to keep the gypsies away .

He had this thing about gypsies and was constantly shouting things like …

“ Fight fire with fire “

Thinking about it now ,
I’m guessing this would have been just one of the reasons he was thrown out of the fire brigade .

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 13th December 2022 at 22:31

Be good place for a chinwagg to see if I can find some work colleagues from Harvey’s bakery 56 years ago Joe Stead or maybe Brian Kelly.

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