Saturday, 17 November 2007

Golden balls

The Golden Chef takeaway has transformed itself into the 'Surrey King Cafe' - possibly because under its the previous name it was becoming better known for its people trafficking rings than its onion rings (full story from The Independent newspaper here, for those who missed out on that one).

I have no information to say that it's actually changed ownership, so will continue to boycott this murky establishment.

I took the snap on the way to the Worcester Park Tavern to see Radio Jackie in action - Neil Long was busy strutting his stuff half way through the 12-hour marathon disco. I was there at the lull between the family bit an the main evening entertainment/auction, and Zammo from Grange Hill had yet to arrive and draw the main crowd with him.

The Deputy Mayor of Kingston (we'll give them that one, as technically the WP Tavern is in the Royal Borough) was milling around - he deserves a mention for three reasons:

(1) He was in Worcester Park
(2) He has a comedy name - Bart Ricketts (and is so far the only person I've known to be named after a cartoon character AND a disease)
(3) He has a blog where no doubt he'll write about his experiences in the WP Tavern

I didn't stay too long, downed my pint, declined the invitation to buy a Radio Jackie balloon and headed off into the Worcester Park darkness.

12 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

The Parkerilla said...

You dropped in at the one quiet point in the day between the kiddies party in the afternoon and the adults party in the evening both of which were packed and highly successful.

The Parkerilla said...

The staff in the Golden Chef/Surrey King are the same, whether that means the same owners I'm not sure.

cee..cee..argh! said...

Golden Chef...
well ...I never.... well actually me and the other arf often joked when we were in there about the shady characters huddled togther in the corner, we often discussed the idea that they were up to dodgy dealings ! but never trafficking
Do you think they can now sort out the trafficking on Central Road at rush hour in the morning now ?

Worcester Park said...

Cee Cee - sounds like your judgment was right about the Golden Chef. I doubt even they can sort out the other trafficking problem though - not unless they can smuggle rush-hour motorists out of the country!

The Brinkster said...

The unforgettably named Bart Ricketts has indeed updated his blog with memories of the occasion!
http://www.readmyday.co.uk/bartricketts/archive/2007/11/18/worcester-park-tavern-children-in-need-charity-night.htm

Roy said...

I have been in the Worcester Park Tavern a few times - they are a 'Youngs Pub' if I remember correctly. From what I can recall there wasn't much room - the place was chock-a-bloc full of sofas etc. Presumably they cleared some room for Neil Longs set?

Bart said...

Hi,
Thanks for the mention and the LInk was please to pop into Worcester Park for a beer .
In fact my home town is Worcester City..
CHeers
Bart
www.bartricketts.co.uk

Anonymous said...

look golden chef is a very good restaurant. I think they got nothing to do with turkish mafia. Because i went there lots of times and its a frendly restaurant.

Anonymous said...

hello every body
i am fifty cent
i went to king cafe and i think this restaurant is one of the best in london and all of you that think that the are mafia are stupid
i any 1 els comments on this i will fuck them up
thank you

Anonymous said...

i always go 2 surrey king cafe,they do amazing food, its realy nice, and people who works there are really sweet and friendly, and its actually a family bussiness,so i don.t believe they got any kind of connection with situation..
alot of cafes were searched and plus golden cafe, because its managed by turkish people.if they had anything to do with this than im sorry but they would have been in not out carryin on with there bussiness.

if that place was mine than i would have definely change the name too.

Anonymous said...

roy u talkin bout somfin totaly different mate!!!

Anonymous said...

you cant just acuse people you need proof.
do you have proof NO!
if they really were human trafficking the owner would be in jail not changing the name of the shop. they could take you to court if they see this.

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