For a while, in the 80s, I used to call every weekend to a shop in Shandon Street, close to the top on the left side as you go up.

There, for a sweet sweet while, a German master-baker used make the best doughnuts I have ever tasted, so sweet you could eat the brown bag in which they were packed!

The whole family looked forward to that weekly calorie filled treat.

You won't get those doughnuts there now – the German has long since ceased that particular business – but the international dimension of food here has expanded hugely.

For those of you who haven’t been in the area for a while, Shandon Street is both an eye-opener and mouth-opener! There are food outlets galore, from the traditional chippers to shops selling Hungarian, African, Asian food – truly multi-national.

For more on the street and the area, see or (loads of photos)