Berni Inn Menu 1973

Berni Inn menu from the Berni Steak Bar, Liverpool, 1973
Berni Inn menu from the Berni Steak Bar, Liverpool, 1973

I came across this 1973 menu from the Berni Steak Bar in Liverpool. The restaurant was a modernist building near the Liver Building. It opened in 1967.

Inside the menu is a picture of a smartly dressed family who have got out of a Truimph Herald car. The car would have been at least two years' old in 1973. Bernie was targeting Mr and Mrs average with two children and a modest car.

The menu choices are basic.

There are no starters, but a choice of Fino or cream sherry as an aperitif. Soft drinks are also limited: chilled fruit juice or tomato juice.

There is a choice of three mains: rump steak for £1.04, gammon and egg for 90p or plaice and chips for 75p. All are served with chips.

Desserts are ice cream or cheese and biscuits and are included in the price. In today's money these prices are £8.95, £7.75 and £6.50. So very good value for money.

There was wine with the meal and liqueur coffees to follow. You may have preferred not to drive as the breathalyzer came in 1967.

The wines give a good idea of popular taste:

Reds

There are some classics here. The Chianti would have come in flask half covered in wicker.

Rosé White

There was a taste for sweet whites. Not a dry one amongst the whites apart from the Champagne and that might have been sweet. The Champagne wasn't expesnive either. It works out at £25 in today's money. Try finding one at that price today in a restaurant.

The liqueur coffees were a 70s classic. They were made with sugar and served in a large wine glass with the cream floating on the top.

Liqueurs coffees cost 30p and there was a choice of:

(*) I'd never heard of this one. It's a distilled spirit from Norway. The word means 'water of life', the same meaning as whisky.

(**) Kahlua is a Mexican coffee flavoured liqueur made with rum

The Berni Inn chain started in 1955 when Aldo and Frank Berni opend the first Berni Steakhouse, Rummers in Bristol.

The brothers weren't new to the catering trade. They opened their first restaurant, Hort's in Bristol in 1943.

The Berni concept was based on the American steakhouse. It offered limited, but value for money menus and plush red decor.  The idea took off. Berni Inns became a public company in 1962.

In 1970 the brothers sold out to Grand Metropolitan, owners of Watneys. This menu is from that era.

The chain prospered in the 1970s, but ran out of steam in the 1980s. Berni's became Beefeaters when Grand Met, sold the chain to Whitbread in 1995.

Read more: Berni inns in the 1980s

Berni Inns around the country

This is a complete list of Berni Inns from 1973

Bath

  • Berni Royal
  • The Oliver

Bedford

  • Silver Tavern

Birmingham

  • The Plough, Solihull
  • Wagon & Horses, Sheldon
  • White Swan, Edmund Street
  • The Exchange, New Street Shopping Centre

Bolton

  • Golden Lion

Boston

  • White Hart Hotel

Bracknall

  • Old Manor

Bradford

  • The Grosvenor

Braintree

  • The Horn

Brighton

  • The Posada

Bristol

  • Berni Tavern
  • Hawthorne Hotel
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Hort's Restaurant - the Berni brothers' first restaurant
  • Llandoger Trow
  • Marco's Tavern
  • Marco's Trattoria
  • The Posada
  • The Rummer - the first Berni Steakhouse

Bromley

  • Royal Bell

Burton-on-Trent

  • The Queen's

Cambridge

  • Berni Steak Bar
  • Turk's Head

Canterbury

  • Tudor Tavern

Cardiff

  • Borough Arms
  • The Criterion
  • Newmarket Tavern

Cheltenham

  • Montpellier Grill
  • The Star

Chester

  • The Criterion

Chesterfield

  • Queen's Head

Chingford

  • Bull & Crown

Coventry

  • Shepherd & Shepherdess

Darlington

  • The Cameron

Derby

  • Iron Gates Tavern

Doncaster

  • Red Lion

Dublin

  • The Berni Inn

Epsom

  • The Berni Inn

Exeter

  • Hole in the Wall
  • White Lion

Eynsham, Oxfordshire

  • The Evenlode

Gatwick

  • Berni Steak Bar
  • Gatwick Alanor
  • Gatwick Manor Motel

Glasgow

  • The Berni Inn

Gloucester

  • Berni Steak Bar
  • New Inn

Gravesend

  • Clarendon Royal Hotel

Grimsby

  • The Berni Inn

Guildford

  • Market Tavern

Halifax

  • Boar's Head

Harrow Weald

  • Leefe Robinson

Henley-on-Thames

  • Catherine Wheel

Hereford

  • The Imperial

Hull

  • New York Hotel
  • White House Hotel

Ipswich

  • Limmers Tavern

Iver

  • Crooked Billet

Kidderminster

  • Riverboat Inn

King's Lynn

  • Globe Hotel

Kingston upon Thames

  • Berni Steak Bar

Leeds

  • The Albion
  • Athenaeum Tavern
  • Jacomelli's

Leicester

  • Berni Steak Bar
  • Fish and Quart
  • Wolsey Tavern

Leamington Spa

  • The Berni Inn

Lincoln

  • The Falcon

Liverpool

  • The Albany
  • Berni Steak Bar
  • Mersey Tavern
  • River Inn

    London

  • Berni Steak Bar, 185 Oxford Street, W1
  • Berni Steak Bar, Upper Richmond Road, Putney
  • Berni Steak Bar, Wimbledon, SW19
  • The Feathers, Ealing Broadway
  • The Oxford, 79 Oxford Street, Wl

Long Eaton

  • The Royal

Loughborough

  • Black Bull

Luton

  • Queen's Head

Maidenhead

  • The Crown

Manchester

  • Cafe Royal
  • Hole in the Wall
  • The Kingsway

Mansfield

  • The Hutt

Meriden

  • Bull's Head

Neath

  • The Cambrian

New Brighton

  • Queen's Royal

Newcastle-under-Lyme

  • Berni Tavern

Newport, Monmouthshire

  • Royal Albert
  • Tredegar Arms

Northampton

  • The Wedgwood

Norwich

  • Berni Steak Bar
  • Norfolk Tavern

Nottingham

  • Black Boy Inn
  • The Britannia
  • The Chateau
  • The Grosvenor
  • Old Cricket Players
  • Sawyer's Arms
  • The New Welbeck

Oldham

  • Café Monico

Oxford

  • Jericho House
  • The Mitre

Plymouth

  • Berni-Grand The Crown

Port Talbot

  • Grand Hotel

Rochdale

  • The Wellington

St. Albans

  • Tudor Tavern

Salisbury

  • County Hotel
  • Milford Arms

Scarborough

  • The Cliff

Shefield

  • Berni Steak Bar
  • The Norton
  • Old No 12

Shrewsbury

  • The Criterion

Southampton

  • The Belmont
  • The Oriental

Southport

  • Fox & Goose
  • Thorps Tavern

Stockton-on-Tees

  • The Metropole

Stroud

  • Imperial Hotel

Sutton

  • The Grapes

Swansea

  • The Bush
  • Grand Hotel
  • Three Lamps

Swindon

  • The Rifleman

Tamworth

  • Peel Arms

Taunton

  • Market House
  • Tudor Tavern

Trowbridge

  • The Woolpack

Wigan

  • The Minorca

Windsor

  • The Berni Inn

Wokingham

  • Ye Olde Rose Inne

Wolverhampton

  • Town Hall Tavern

Worcester

  • Pack House

Yeovil

  • The Pall

York

  • Black Bull
  • The Windmill

Source: 'Come again value!' an advert for Berni Inn published in the Daily Mirror, 14 August 1973

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"Love this. Such nostalgia.Used to take the two children as a treat.The Kingsway Manchester.Best tasting steak I have had." Joan Buckley. 29/03/2020

"I was one of the 12 Training Management teams that was sent to the Catherine Wheel at Henley on Thames - We lived there for six months - Each month we learnt a department trade. We then were sent out as Assistant Managers to a branch - I went to Leefe Robinson at Stanmore and then to the Tudor Tavern at St Albans." Hedy Quirk 18/05/2020

"I joined Berni Inns in August 1970 at the Berni Steak Bar Rose Crescent Cambridge. I went on to work at the Tudor Tavern Canterbury, The Globe at Kings Lynn, The Leif Robinson Harrow Weald, The Bull and Crown Chingford,The Turks Head Cambridge, The White Hart Boston, The Silver Tavern Bedford. A brilliant firm to work for they taught me a lot about stock control and liquor management. Shame they have passed into history !!!" Alan Spencer 10/08/2020

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