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Pea Green Cafe & Supper Solutions Specials, and a warning about blackberries.

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What a lovely sunny October we’re having. The mild weather seems to have delayed the typical colour changes we see at this time of year, the leaves are dropping from the trees but not in the usual rich autumn colours I think. It’s still mild enough to sit outside and enjoy some refreshments by the river, and if we see a change in the coming days we have our inside areas to accommodate you. Individually distinctive yet instantly familiar specials on offer today, see below for menu.

I hope you’ve all picked your blackberries for this year. Folklore in the British Isles suggests that Michaelmas day is the last day that blackberries can be picked. It is said that when St Michael expelled Lucifer, the devil, from heaven, he fell from the skies and landed in a prickly blackberry bush. Satan cursed the fruit, scorched them with his fiery breath, stamped, spat and urinated on them, so that they would be unfit for eating. As it is considered ill-advised to eat them after 11 October (Old Michaelmas Day according to the Julian Calendar), a Michaelmas pie is made from the last of the season.

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Supper Solutions and Pea Green Cafe Specials

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Some favourite classics from our repertoire on the special  menu this week. Instantly familiar and individually distinctive dishes on the menu below. These are available for lunch in the cafe or take away. OR for home delivery in the evening.

Today 21st september marks the 84th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein. Apparently he came across a blank sheet of paper in a pile of exams he was marking. Tolkien was Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University, and would mark School Certificate exams in the summers to add to his salary. In a letter to WH Auden, he wrote: “All I remember about the start of The Hobbit is sitting correcting School Certificate papers in the everlasting weariness of that annual task forced on impecunious academics with children. On the blank leaf I scrawled: ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’ I did not and do not know why.”

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Pea Green Cafe & Supper Solutions specials. And a riot about hats.

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To tantalise and excite your taste buds, and to sate your appetites this week we bring you two delicious hand made meals. See below for details. We are serving these in the cafe for lunch from 12 to 2 PM, or to deliver to you at home for an evening meal.  We open the cafe Tuesday to Saturday and serve breakfasts until 11.30AM, delicious hot & cold drinks, fresh pastries and cakes are available throughout the day.

While looking at past events on this day through history the following item about hats 99 years ago caught my eye as being… Well, odd!

The Straw Hat Riot of 1922 was a riot that occurred in New York City. Originating as a series of minor riots, it spread due to men wearing straw hats past the unofficial date that was deemed socially acceptable, September 15. It lasted eight days, leading to many arrests and some injuries.

Straw hats had appeared in the 19th century as summertime wear. Initially it was not considered good form for men to wear these in big cities. By the early 20th century, straw boaters were considered acceptable day attire in North American cities at the height of summer even for businessmen, but there was an unwritten rule that one was not supposed to wear a straw hat past September 15 (which was known as “Felt Hat Day”
It was socially acceptable for stockbrokers to destroy each other’s hats, due to the fact that they were “companions”, but it was not acceptable for total strangers. If any man was seen wearing a straw hat, he was, at minimum, subjecting himself to ridicule, and it was a tradition for youths to knock straw hats off of wearers’ heads and stomp on them. This tradition became well established, and newspapers of the day would often warn people of the impending approach of the fifteenth, when men would have to switch to felt or silk hats. Hat bashing was only socially acceptable after September 15, but there were multiple occasions leading up to this date where the police had to intervene and stop teenagers. 
The riot itself began on September 13, 1922, two days before the supposed unspoken date, when a group of youths decided to get an early jump on the tradition. The more innocuous stomping turned into a brawl when the youths tried to stomp a group of dock workers’ hats, and the dock workers fought back. The brawl soon stopped traffic on the Manhattan Bridge and was eventually broken up by police, leading to some arrests.
Although the initial brawl was broken up by police, the fights continued to escalate the next evening. Gangs of teenagers prowled the streets wielding large sticks, sometimes with a nail driven through the top, looking for pedestrians wearing straw hats and beating those who resisted. Several men were hospitalized from the beatings they received after resisting having their hats taken, and many arrests were made. Police were slow to respond to the riots, although several off-duty police officers found themselves caught up in the brawl when rioters attempted to snatch their hats”

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Pea Green Cafe and Supper Solutions Specials

Super tasty specials from our kitchen this week see below for details. We’re open each morning (Tuesday to Saturday) and serve a range of breakfasts until 11.30. Lunch is from 12noon to 2PM in the cafe, and delivery for lunch or supper each day too. In between times we serve a great range of hot and cold drinks, fresh baked pastries and delicious cakes. We serve our guests in our riverside garden and terrace that provide a wonderful and tranquil setting to relax in, with a unique perspective on the river Teme. If the weather takes a turn for the worse we have indoor tables in both the cafe or The Red Room, booking is advisable.

New arrival this week. I’ve just served some coffee outside on the riverside garden and the customers reported seeing a baby heron. It’s been a few years since I’ve spotted one of those here. We used to have a regular local heron about 10 years ago, it would be nice to have one regularly visiting again. The customer’s told me they also caught sight of the kingfisher 3 times. The diversity of wildlife that can be seen here is wonderful, it was about this time last year that we had regular visits from a female otter and her cubs. With autumn coming on and the trees already beginning to turn, the ever changing backdrop is well worth a visit to view.

For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back



Supper Solutions Specials from Pea Green Cafe, and the coldest sunniest place on earth.

Oodles of noodles for today’s specials, see below for details. We’re open each morning (Tuesday to Saturday) and serve a range of breakfasts until 11.30. Lunch is from 12noon to 2PM in the cafe, and delivery for lunch or supper each day too. In between times we serve a great range of hot and cold drinks, fresh baked pastries and delicious cakes. We serve our guests in our riverside garden and terrace that provide a wonderful and tranquil setting to relax in, with a unique perspective on the river Teme. If the weather takes a turn for the worse we have indoor tables in both the cafe or The Red Room, booking is advisable.

Here’s something to think about if you’re finding the August heat oppressive. August 24th is the 51st anniversary of the lowest reliably recorded temperature on earth. The Russian weather station Vostock in Antarctica recorded -88.3 degrees C in 1960. Lower temperatures occurred higher up towards the summit of the ice sheet as temperature decreases with height along the surface. Interestingly it is also one of the sunniest places on Earth, despite having no sunshine at all between May and August; there are more hours of sunshine per year than even the sunniest places in South Africa, Australia and the Arabian Peninsula. Vostok has the highest sunshine total for any calendar month on Earth, at an average of 708.8 hours of sunshine in December, or 22.9 hours daily. It also has the lowest sunshine for any calendar month, with an absolute maximum of 0 hours of sunshine per month during polar night.

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Pea Green Cafe Supper Solutions Specials, and a message across the atlantic

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As we move into the second half of August we present for you a selection of superb dishes by way of our special menu, see below for details. Available either for home delivery lunch or supper. Or to eat in the cafe or on our riverside terrace for lunch, a very special tranquil setting away from the hurly burly and crowds of the town centre

So looking back through history I found that 16th August is the 163rd anniversary of the first transatlantic telegraph message. The second message was from Queen Victoria to the President of America. The queen’s message was 98 words and apparently took 16 hours to send! The cable was beset with problems and only functioned for 3 weeks, a replacement was laid in1865.

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Supper Solutions Specials from Pea Green Cafe

Delicious delightful delectable offerings for this weeks Pea Green Cafe and Supper solutions delivery specials. See menu below. Available to eat in the cafe for lunch. Or at your home delivered for lunch or supper. We open Tuesday to Saturday and serve breakfast until 11.30 AM. Lunch is servde from 12noon to 2pm.

Looking through historical events on this day, I found that on the 9th August 1173 the foundations of the leaning tower of Pisa were laid. The construction began to sink as the 3rd floor was built, due to the 3 metre foundations being laid in weak unstable subsoil. Construction was subsequently halted for almost a century, as the Republic of Pisa was almost continually engaged in battles with Genoa, Lucca, and Florence. This allowed time for the underlying soil to settle. Otherwise, the tower would almost certainly have toppled . Construction restarted in 1264. In an effort to compensate for the tilt, the engineers built upper floors with one side taller than the other. Because of this, the tower is curved. The seventh floor was completed in 1319. The bell-chamber was finally added in 1372, one hundred and ninety nine years after the foundations

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Pea Green Cafe Supper Solutions.

Some delicious specials to tantalize your taste buds this week, see below for the menu. Available for lunch or evening home delivery, or lunch at the cafe. As we are now well into the second half of the year, August is upon us and the nights are beginning to draw in. The good run of weather has meant that most of our guests have been happy to sit outside, however as the weather cools this will definitely not be a first choice for many people. However we do have a solution in the Red Room, our new indoor dining area, available for bookings.

So as we are on the banks of the River Teme I thought I’d share a few details about it with you. The river’s source is in The Kerry Hills near Dolfor, and it flows more or less along the border between England and Wales as far as Brampton Bryan. It rises at 1660 feet above sea level and travels 81 miles until it joins the River Severn at Powick which is 46 feet above sea level. It’s the second largest tributary to the Severn. The whole of the river was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1996. The River Teme was one of two large scale pilot projects announced by Severn Trent Water to introduce bathing quality water, alongside the River Leam in Warwickshire. So hopefully if the scheme is effective you’d be able to swim to us safely for your lunch!

Our phone number is 07983 941856, to arrange a home delivery OR to reserve a table. You can order a delivery at any time, days in advance if you wish. The latest time to order for same day delivery of lunch is 11AM and supper 3PM. However sometimes we are fully booked by the cut off point so the earlier you let us know the better. The phone is available 8.30AM to 7.30PM

Pea Green Cafe Supper Solutions Specials

Well what a week that was. Hope you have survived the extreme heat that seemed to take over everyone’s thoughts, actions and behaviours last week. One of the great things about our Red Room dining area is that it faces north and is encased in solid brick and stone walls. It remains relatively cool even in the high summer, so if it’s tranquility and cool you are looking for, we have it here. Indoors or out. 
This week’s special menu is below, tasty, fresh, unique and highly recommended. This is of course in addition to our regular extensive men. Home delivery, eat in the cafe or on the beautiful riverside terrace, described here:

The location is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest where it forms the South-Eastern corner stone of the Conservation Area of the historic market town of Ludlow.  When looking at the river Teme from the Tea Garden of the Pea Green Cafe; what one  sees today is not so much the natural river, but rather a millpond caused by the Casemill weir downstream. The river, in the summer months, would naturally be approximately 60cm deep. It is deeper than that now due to river dredging carried out in the late sixties.  In the 1960s a storm drain was installed on the site to alleviate pressure and flooding at the plant in Steventon. During the installation, Roman Engineering work was discovered that made up the landing point of the Ford.  The river Teme was forded here to take advantage of a natural slope on the opposite bank that would allow cattle and carts access to the Hogs back of land that forks one way to Wigmore with the other fork leading to Leominster and on to Kington.  Kington is significant to the site as it is the oldest known Celtic Royal Court in England.  This main North South route would have used the ford as the most convenient crossing point of the Teme and was probably well established long before the Romans conquered Britain in 45 A.D.  This early history has a bearing on the property, as the site was developed to exploit the typology geology.  The ford dictated the layout of Old Street, as can be seen from the driveway of the Pea Green Cafe.  A Saxon boathouse was located next door which would have been needed for large parts of the year when the river levels rose. The normal level of the River in average weather conditions is between 0.92m and 1.33m.

Our phone number is 07983 941856, to arrange a home delivery OR to reserve a table. You can order a delivery at any time, days in advance if you wish. The latest time to order for same day delivery of lunch is 11AM and supper 3PM. However sometimes we are fully booked by the cut off point so the earlier you let us know the better. The phone is available 8.30AM to 7.30PM


Super Supper Solutions Specials & up to date on property’s history

Summery specials on our menu today, see below for details. Available for lunch in the cafe, or delivered home for lunch or supper. If you would like to come to the cafe for lunch I suggest you phone us first to guarantee you a table. The riverside terrace provides a beautiful and tranquil setting for refreshment. We have the added bonus of being a little off the beaten track and away from the crowded streets of the town centre.

And following on from last week, this brings you up to date with theproperty:-
The site is outside of the town walls, and due to its history in relation to a small wealthy town, it was beyond the pale and the area never became fashionable. The property has seen a steady decline since the1800s, being variously lodgings and a public house. In 1872 it was known as the Bay House and prior to that the Hand and Shears and would regularly house 17 lodgers.  In the 1920s it was known as Rams Boarding House for Gentlemen of the Road. The Mittons purchased it in 1959 and it became a dairy and milk delivery business. Mr Clarke bought from them in 1978 and it became the Riverside Guest House and a taxi business. The present owners bought it in 1987 and it has been a family home until October 2016 when it started operations as Pea Green Cafe.

The plan below was drawn by Thomas Telford in 1805 and has Old Street marked as “Old Mill Street” and describes this property as “Old building partly brick partly timber covered with tiles”.

Our phone number is 07983 941856, to arrange a home delivery OR to reserve a table. You can order a delivery at any time, days in advance if you wish. The latest time to order for same day delivery of lunch is 11AM and supper 3PM. However sometimes we are fully booked by the cut off point so the earlier you let us know the better. The phone is available 8.30AM to 7.30PM