The Other Queen
The Other Queen
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 1 comment

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One of my favourite sense memories of Glasgow is when as a kid on a shopping outing, is stopping off at a cafe for an ice cream. Sadly, Queens Café on Victoria Road is one of the few true 50s style Italian cafe/ice-cream parlours left in Glasgow. Its art deco stylings with battered faux leather booths and Formica tops instantly take you back to another era, when the city was full of cozy confines like this.

 

Now there are only two left in the city  – and the Queens Café is one of them, and situated literally right on my doorstep on Victoria Road on the south side of the city, and leads up to the exquisite and very imposing wrought-iron Victorian-gated entrance to Queen’s Park. And herein lies a story, because Queen Victoria would not be amused at all, as the park was named not after her but instead another queen, a controversial queen.

 

And over the next few blog entries, it’s going to be ‘history time’ once again, as we explore the landmarks surrounding the park that was the scene of the last battle of a sectarian rivalry between Roman Catholics and Protestants to take place in Glasgow, Old Firm encounters past, present and future naturally not withstanding. 

 

Leica M3 & 1.4/50mm Summilux pre-asph v2

Ilford FP4+ (200)

Sekonic L-308S

HC-110 (Dil. B – 12min)

Vuescan & Plustek 7600i

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  • This looks like a fantastic cafe and brings me in mind of my wife and I's favourite cafe in Ayr. When we were going out we used to meet in Ayr. I would get the bus from Kilmarnock and she would get the train up from Stranraer. We then had the day to spend together before her train back home about 5pm. We did this rain, hail and shine every Saturday and this meant we had to find a good howf when the weather was chronic. I can't remember the name of the cafe but it was opposite the bus station and was a throwback to the sixties with hard wooden benches and plenty of formica. The coffee was served in Pyrex cups which were only about two inches tall and had been used so many times that they were no longer transparent. There were so badly scratched they were completely opaque. The coffee was great though. They also had a fantastic selection of records in the jukebox.

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