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Truck Stop in England

N Tocus | Mar 2, 2003 06:05 PM

Today my husband and I were reminiscing about what we fondly remember as the best meal we ever had in England and I am wondering whether an English reader may be able to say whether the place is still there. This was the Salt Box Cafe---my notes say that it was on the A516 between Uttoxeter and Derby, two miles west of Hilton at the Station Road traffic light. This was apparently quite a famous truck stop as there were twenty to thirty trucks parked outside along with the cars of dozens of local people. The food was prepared by a crew of grandmothers in a steamy kitchen with a window giving onto the dining room---if you wanted lunch, you had to go and stand at the window and ask for it then carry it to one of the long communal-style tables. We remember plates piled four inches high with roast beef, half a dozen vegetables, and gravy; desserts were such comforting fare as rhubarb crisp with custard, and everything came with big mugs of tea. The price of a full dinner was about what we had paid in London for a cup of coffee. Can someone say whether the Salt Box Cafe is still in business? Because if it is, anyone driving around the middle of England would be well-advised to go and find it.

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