Sunday, 22 February 2015

February Half term

Well can you believe that February half term has been and gone, we've synchronised our diaries right up until September and we're looking at a very, very busy year! We've had enquiries for parties from Australia, bookings for the Hobbit are looking healthy (a prime fortnight in August has just cancelled if you're interested??) and we already have dinner bookings for summer holidays!!

We've received interest from young people wanting to join us for the summer holidays as well as we're already looking at new and interesting summer drinks. The next biggest challenge for us this year is to achieve a great exciting summer menu that
works for our customers as well as making it easily and speedily achievable for the kitchen to produce. 
This January and February has been full of ups and downs already, we have had four deaths of friends and acquaintance's, which filled us with sadness but we have also had reasons for great joy!

One of our team - Jade - has safely delivered a bruiser of a boy; James almost 8 1/2lbs - very glad to say that Mother and baby are very well. We are due a 2nd grandson any day now, and we are looking forward to a trip to Copenhagen at the weekend with a visit to Carlsberg Brewery on the schedule.

Our trophy!
But most exciting of all was receiving the Tenant of the Year award from our brewery St Austell. It was an amazing evening and we were both thrilled to bits to have our hard work and that of our team recognised.  I always love the fact that St Austell put on such a great bash to say thank you to their hard working tenants and I think everyone that attends it recognises that as well.

I undertook a cookery course at Ashburton Cookery School last week and I loved it!! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves food! It was great to do something just for me for a change and I learnt that I'm not a BAD cook, I just need to take my time and taste, taste, taste!! But I must say categorically this was just for me - not work.

Lastly, I was in Kingsbridge last week when I bumped into this loveable and quite gorgeous Cockerpoo in training to be a Hearing Dog. Our A la Bark menu has so far raised in excess of £1200 for this amazing charity and it was lovely to see our donations working.