Aunties Kitchen
Bow Lane, off Clarence Street, Manchester

Image courtesy Keith Jones
Image courtesy Keith Jones

Anyone remember Aunties Kichen? I often used to go there before hitting The Magic Village.

I remember seeing Jethro Tull at The Village before they were famous. I also seem to remember 'Love Makes Sweet Music' by Soft Machine on the jukebox.

Sally Coombes

I remember Aunties Kitchen in the early 70s .... especially the big L mobile sound.

Christine Stephenson

The L in the "Big L Mobile Disco" (see leaflet) stands for Lloyd.

Lloyd G. (George) Stephenson was the driving force behind Auntie's Kitchen. A tall, likeable Jamaican - and archetypal entrepreneur - he went on to found Venusound mobile disco hire on Whitworth Street. I believe Lloyd returned to his native Jamaica some years ago.

Keith Jones

Big L left Manchester for London.. He was involved in many clubs including Rays Place in Fallowfield, to which most of south Manchester student population dined on free burger and chips every Thursday eve.

Christine Stephenson

I used to design and build DJ equipment for Lloyd that included really powerful strobes and Sound to Light machines. He was a really nice guy and was always very generous.

I used to run a disco light show for him at Rays Place on Wilbraham Road in the early 70s.

Mike Meakin

I well recall going to Aunties on a few occasions on a Friday night after visiting Manchester hostelries with a group of us from Bramhall. Don't recall any specific nights except one when the New York Dolls were dues to play Manchester and a guy was flogging tickets for the gig - I think the following week.  Happy days though!

Tony Burke
Bromham, Bedford






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Topic: Aunties Kitchen
Amanda Yerolemou says...
My parents Andreas and Androulla used to own Aunties Kitchen in Manchester. I myself do remember it vaguely ….. coloured glass floor, the long bar, weird Italian water fountain and wrought iron archway and small DJ area. They sold the place in the ... Read More
29th January 2015 8:33pm
Sandra Cook says...
I remember being told that Amanda gosh that was a long time ago. I was 16/17 when I used to go in Aunties kitchen. OMG first child is 40 years old this week.
10th July 2015 5:49am
Sandra Cook says...
We had some cracking weekends at Aunties kitchen in early 70s I remember if you paid a few extra pence for entrance fee you got a massive bowl of spaghetti. In my day the dj was in a small recess with a curtain that pulled across at end of the ... Read More
10th July 2015 5:42am
Paul Brady says...
I am pleased to see the inclusion of aunties here as I have never since met anyone who went there. I went around 1970 and recall it only as a rock venue on Friday and Saturday nights. For 2/6d entrance you could listen to rock records and dance in a ... Read More
25th May 2016 7:56pm
john harvey says...
Me and a mate played a few times at Aunties, him on guitar and me on bongos and mouth organ... Tricky ;-)
11th September 2016 8:30am

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