Ah, the Café de Royal or more commonly known as Mickeys Café on Stonefield Road.
I’m sure this will be fondly remembered by many people, even right into the 1970s.
A popular order was 2 scoops of ice cream with any choice of ginger (juice). Tommy, Nancy and Velma worked there. It was allegedly a good place to hide out in on a Sunday if you wanted out of mass with a roll and sausage.
Based at 1 Stonefield Road, it was established in 1906 (according to their adverts). Their phone number in the 1950s was Blantyre 142. Mickey Valerio penned the slogan on his adverts, which catered for all weather, “Do you feel cold? Try a coffee now. You feel hot? Have an Ice.”
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (C) 2016
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