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5,300 Facebook hits as readers worldwide give views on Old Hill Cook Shop closing

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: September 05, 2014

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LAST week's front page story on The Cook Shop in Old Hill closing after 125 years brought a reaction from Bugle readers worldwide.

We reported that owner Nigel Brazier was closing his four-generation family business as no buyer had been found to take it over.

Five interested parties looked at the business at 193 Halesowen Road which specialised in making classic Black Country fayre, but none of them took it further.

Nigel, who is retiring from cooking his secret recipes for faggots and peas, bread pudding, grorty dick and his trademark sage and onion stuffing, said he was heartbroken at leaving and having to make his seven staff redundant.

Our newspaper website, www.blackcountry bugle.co.uk, had more than 5,300 website hits by 9am Monday with many leaving comments.

Typical was Lynn Martin who said: "How sad, I now live in Michigan, USA, and looked forward to my annual visit there!"

Vonnie Lee said: "I used this shop always until I moved to Cornwall, and still remember all the lovely fittle you could get there!

"I'm gutted that it was closing last Saturday as I'm visiting my roots on Wednesday this week and was looking forward to a visit." Rob Griffin, of Halesowen, wrote: "I worked nearby at Cargo European and before long our regular lunchtime visits there were a must, but first we had to join the queue outside the door!"

Others were saddened by the news. Lynn Green said it was a sad loss while Paul Smith added: "The Black Country is history. Lynne Denton Irion said: "How sad that the tradition is over."

However, Vonnie Lee and Rob Griffin both suggested there should be a replica of The Cook Shop at the Black Country Living Museum.

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