Cheshire Restaurant Turns Back Time

Cheshire Restaurant Turns Back Time

 A TASTE of history has been dished up at a Cheshire restaurant.

 A Second World War menu from the Bear’s Paw, Warmingham, has been unearthed, giving a rare insight into the restaurant’s dining history.

The discovery was made by the son of Edinburgh man John St Clair Peebles Morton, known as Jack, who served in the Territorial Army (Royal Engineers) from 1939.

It was believed Jack and his comrades enjoyed a meal together at the Bear’s Paw before being sent out to Egypt. Jack kept the menu and had it signed by his fellow servicemen.

Lucy Nelson, Sales and Marketing Director of Nelson Hotels which owns the Bear’s Paw, said: “Jack sadly passed away 16 years ago but his son Andrew discovered the evening menu only recently.

“It offers a fascinating insight into the Bear’s Paw with the menu featuring popular dishes of the time including Petite Marmite - soup served in an earthenware pot - and Cauliflower Morney. We believe Jack visited in 1940 so the evening menu would also have had to reflect rationing which came into effect in September 1939.”

Jack volunteered for the regulars just before war and was initially posted to Inchkeith in Scotland in command of a searchlight battery protecting Rosyth dockyard.

Son Andrew said: “The first German air raid of the war in 1939 was on Rosyth and the batteries were shooting at the German bombers. My father had a grandstand view as it was a daylight raid and he often used to talk about it to me.