EDitorial ± 13-Apr-2018

Light Lunches: Dee Dee's Family Cafe, The Range, Ipswich

In a Peaches and Herb stylee, we three are reunited and it feels so good. Well, it's alright. Don't want to get too mushy about the whole thing. Are we not men, after all? Blue Badge Andy's at the wheel, Kev's riding shotgun and I'm sitting pretty on the rear dog seats next to the partically chewed tennis ball. These trips are all about the glamour.

Talking of which, my suggestion is to head home, home on The Range, namely the new ex-B&Q mega-shed near Asda on the Anglia Retail Park. Deep within one of its many acres lies Dee Dee's Family Cafe, presumably the name now given to the in-house eatery from Aberdeen to York. Sign says that Double Dees was established 1989, insufficiently vintage for Kev. While the atmosphere is pure mid 1980s Woolworth's cafeteria, the goods on offer nod to modern tastes with mention of harissa, goat's cheese and flatbreads. Fancy.

There's one poor young lady operating the entire franchise -- her colleague's rung in sick today, she explains -- so credit to her for keeping a smile on her face. Uncleared trays are stacking up as she prepares my l-o-n-g panini with pulled pork and Mexican beans (with free side salad), not bad at all, and the lads' sandwiches of choice. Clean, bags of choice (though the jackets are sold out), and efficient.

Seven full years since me and Andy sampled the still extant cafe upstairs at The Range on Suffolk Retail Park. Think what you like about Dee Dee's but we've come a long way from curling prepacked sarnies. Quite a few other folk enjoying the atmospheric Happy Days booths. Not hard to imagine John Shuttleworth at one of these tables. Only me back for coffee, a pushbutton cappuccino, and to pick from the extensive choice of cakery. Passion fruit sponge? Cinnamon sticky bun? GF?! Salted caramel brownie, cheers me dear, and best eat it quick since Andy needs a new bin.

If it was a car -- Range Rover Evoque.
If they were passing by -- Steven Schub.