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Oliver’s coffee shop

January 3, 2013
Olibers coffee shop in The Strait

Olibers coffee shop in The Strait

Oliver’s coffee shop in The Strait, whenever I have passed by has been empty. Today was no exception.

Bare scrubbed tables, attractively done out, but it lacks warmth.

I was served by a nine-year-old waitress. I ordered tea.

Chatting to the nine-year-old (she said she was ten in a few days time), I asked her if the cakes were home made. She said yes, and that she had made the chocolate cakes. I drew to her attention no cakes on display. She drew my attention to the sign on the wall that said the cakes on offer. I said yes but having delicious looking cakes on display tempts one to eat them.

I was earlier in Stokes tea shop on the High Bridge and they had the most delicious home made cakes on display. Very tempting.

I told my new found friend of NeverSeconds. She was quite interested and said she would look it up.

I asked the attractive blonde behind the counter who seemed to be in charge of the coffee, where it was sourced from and was it fair trade? She apologised for not knowing as she was new and learning. She said the coffee was not Stokes and did not know the coffee fair trade or not. There was no sign to say where the coffee was sourced from or if it was fair trade.

The tea was cheap tea found in a café.

As I left, a few people walked in. I walked up The Strait and Steep Hill. When I passed by on my way down, now gone midday, lunchtime, the place was empty.

Morning in Lincoln

January 3, 2013
Stokes coffee shop ...

Stokes coffee shop …

... on High Bridge

… on High Bridge

Steep Hill

Steep Hill

Steep Hill

Steep Hill

Nine in the morning and not many people around.

River Witham flowing at a very leisurely pace, even the ducks looked happy. A big contrast with the fast flowing river the week before even more so two weeks ago.

Looked in Café 44, but did not stop as wished to try a different indie coffee bar today, one in The Strait.

Looked in Stokes on High Bridge. Had a chat with a very helpful and friendly girl. Was tempted to stay, but was going up The Strait and Steep Hill, decided to try an indie coffee shop on the way.

Looked in on Stokes coffee roasting facility. Interesting. More to see when I look in when coffee roasting is taking place.

Ruddocks used to be a good indie bookshop. Now it reassembles a corner newsagent.

Up the High Street, up The Strait.

Olibers coffee shop in The Strait, served by a nine-year-old waitress.

Up The Strait, up Steep Hill.

Looked in Readers Rest. This is an amazing bookshop, a veritable rabbit warren of books. Or was, now a shadow of its former self. I asked, and my worst fears were confirmed, it is closing down after 30 years in business. Man said he had not sold a single book yesterday, none today. He said people look around and walk out empty-handed. Many of my books in the past have come from Readers Rest. It is my first port of call if I am looking for a book. I must admit I walked out empty-handed. I did say I would pop back in on my way back down. Unfortunately I was running late and had no time.

It is very depressing to see a bookshop like Readers Rest closing down, once one of the best bookshops in the country. Thorpes, top of the High Street in Guildford, closed a decade or so ago, forced out of business by the greedy council jacking up the rent. Like Thorpes, Readers Rest a real bookshop, run by a man who knows his books. Soon all we will have left is Waterstone’s, a rubbish chain that knows nothing about books, and they are expected to go under.

Up Steep Hill into Bailgate.

Elite Butchers in Bailgate, one of the best butchers in Lincoln, if not Lincolnshire.

Back down the hill, lunch at County Restaurant. Pies I usually avoid, unless I know the chef or the source, as used to stuff with rubbish. The turkey (I assume Christmas left overs) and leek pie was excellent, as was the pea and mint soup. A pleasant change from the rubbish served up, or should I say hotted up, last week.