1. Tonibel Ice Cream shop in Burnt Oak. As a kid that was Mecca !
2. Mill Hill Swimming Pool. Open air, with diving boards, fountains and a slide. I feel great guilt that my kids never experienced the thrill of it.
3. The public Weighbridge in Flower Lane Mill Hill. There used to be a railway goods depot in Flower Lane. I am not entirely sure when it shut, but there was a public weighbridge at the entrance. My Dad would take us there in the car and weigh us. It was great.
4. The Pigs in St Josephs College Farm. My Dad also knew Herman, the famer at St Josephs college on Lawrence Street. He would take us to see Herman and visit the piglets. The farm is long gone, although horses graze the lands.
5. The garden at the Railway Tavern in the Green Man. As children, on warm summers days, we'd go for a drink at lunchtime in the garden of the Railway Tavern. It consisted of a glass of warm lemonade. The pub used to have a huge grassy garden, filled with families on a hot Sunday afternoon. The brewery sold 9/10ths of the garden to property developers about 15 years ago.
6. The Disused Railway Bridge on Flower Lane Mill Hill. This was a beautiful old red brick Bridge, where Flower Lane joined Bunns Lane. In about 1975, the Council remodelled the road and so it no longer crossed the Bridge. The Bridge was demolished in about 1983 when the Bunns Lane Industrial Estate was built. As a kid, I used to play under the bridge and loved it dearly.
7. La Katarina Restaurant in Mill Hill. My Dad new the boss and we'd occasionally go there for a meal on a special birthday. The specialities were the steaks and the crepe suzettes, complete with pyrotechnics. There was no other restaurant like it. It is now the Pizza Express, which although is a fine establishment, is not la Katarina and is not unique.
8. The Betta Cafe in Burnt Oak. Now this isn't a place my Dad ever took me. It was a place I learned to love whilst at Orange Hill Senior High School. Boz Boorer (he of Polecats/Morrissey fame) was once ejected for complaining because his spoon was clean and asking if the automatic cup greaser was broken. The meals used to arrive on a hand driven pulley lift. You didn't really know Burnt Oak until you'd drank a cup of tea in the Betta Cafe.
9. Barry Edgars Garden Centre in Mill Hill. This was sited where "el Vaquerra" restaurant is now situated. It was a small friendly garden centre, with an interesting range of plants. I bought the pear tree in my garden there in 1978. It went out of business in about 1984 as a result of the council selling the swimming pool lease in daws Lane to Wyevale Nurseries, who opened a larger rival. I never had any affection for Wyevale as a result. I used to deliver Barry Edgar's papers at his home in Woodcroft Avenue. He had an amazing garden.
10. La Carp D'or. This used to be the best fish and chip shop in Barnet. It was situated in Mill Hill where the Olive Restaurant is now. The fish and chips were cooked by Mario and his family and were to die for. It was fresh food and friendly staff. I doubt anyone who likes fish and chips and lives in Mill Hill has anything other than the fondest memories of it.
Is there anything you miss?