The book I am currently reading is Personal a Jack Reacher novel. I have in particular been looking forward to reading this Lee Child’s book as a large part of it is set in Romford. If you do not know, I have spent most of my life in and around this famous town.
The reason why I mention the above is because I was looking forward to seeing what M.r Reacher would make of our ‘humble’ town and how Lee Child would describe it. Now I am only just a few chapters in, but so far the descriptions of the town are accurate. Lee Child was born in the UK, and likely may of visited good old Romford at some point, and even if he had not, he always does top notch research for his books.
I recently got to a part where Reacher and partner are hungry (‘always eat when you can’) and the food places available in Romford were described as being full of fast food places such as pizza and of course chicken. That is of course very accurate. We can not move without bumping in to a chicken shop in Romford. There are I think even more chicken and chip shops in Romford then Fish and Chip shops. Reacher and partner decide to opt for the pizza option. They do, in another part of the book spend sometime in a cafe, and in my imagination it was one down the high street, a small turning by Maplin. That was just in my imagination and the name was not specified.
Now Reacher fans will know, he loves a good cafe. As an American he likes what they would call a Diner, or perhaps in particular a Greasy Spoon. Now why it is true Romford is full of fast food outlets, it would be a dis-service to the town to just think of it in that way-we have an abundance of great cafes. And, I do hope as the book progresses Reacher explores more of them, as we really have some gems here.
And that is what I thought I’d do. I’ll be featuring content based around the cafes of Romford every so often. Starting with Poppins!