Julz Posted October 23, 2007 Share Posted October 23, 2007 This chalet park was built and owned by the Robinson family back in the boom days of the Broads in the mid 60's. After my family's Broadland beginnings at Haddiscoe village from around 1959 to 1965, my Dad's contract as electrician to a local estate agent ended, when the property we were living in which came with th job, was sold to a private buyer, and his work took him to Galwynd in mid Wales, on a 12 bedroomed delapidated stone mansion, which was part of an estate previously owned by Geest, King and Nettlefold, the Nut and Bolt people. Thats another story for another day, and one that the fishermen would love, but back to the Broads and by this time as a family we had become passionate lovers of Broadland, and had many local friends, one of whom soon was making arrangements for us to stay in the first to be completed of these 10 chalets. They were all arranged around a central lawned area in a V shape configeration, and were built along the lines of a Cuckoo clock shape, and a mixture of wood and precast concrete construction. All had Brightly coloured front doors, very similar to what the council house styles were in many cities. They opened into a lounge with a bed settee which was vinyl covered and VERY uncomfortable to sleep on! There was a small kitchenette to one side which was very basic, but did have a small fridge. A twin Bedroom which my Gran and her sister shared, and a double room for Mum and Dad completed the scene. At most you could expect to get foodwise in a pub back then was a Hot Pie or Cornish Pasty from an on-Bar heated glass display cabinet, which probably caused more Tummy upsets than a few, and which was then probably blamed on a drop of badly kept beer! Some pubs also had a Cold display cabinet, normally without any refrigeration, from which they sold Pork pies, Cheese and Onion or Ham and Tomato filled baps. A new fad that was starting to take off, and the beginnings of Pub Grub as we know it today, were the 'Basket' meals and Cheese Toasties. The age of electical catering equipment improvements ment that many landlords were investing in a large Deep freezer, an 'Electroway' fryer and a fast-cook infra-red grilling machine. The basket meal choice was very limited, A deep fried Chicken quarter and Chips, or something really new at the time, Deep fried Breaded Scampi and Chips, served with a wedge of lemon smuggled from behind the Bar! As the name suggests, these were served in a woven Wicker basket, lined with a serviette, which was replaced after each use ready for the next customer. Often the toasties were just wrapped in a serviette, and were pre-prepared and frozen, just taking a quick wizz through the machine by the Bar maid before serving. Cheese, Cheese and Tomato, or Cheese and Onion were the varieties normally on offer. The Robinson family were no exception to this and had enthusiastically installed all the necessary equipment to supply their new Chalet customers with these delicacies, and offered what must have been one of the first Broadland fast food delivery services straight to the door of your Chalet! They also ran an onsite shop in their reception area which was ajoining their living accomodation, with a Milkshake bar and Icecream parlour, selling about 10 flavours of each, again very unusual for this era. Part two to be continued later!... The Building of the Yacht Basin, and the hire boats of Johnson's Yacht Station. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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