I am really enjoying myself at the café right now, we’ve still got a bit of work to do, sure, but I really believe we’re starting to find our feet. I get really nervous every time I walk in, I think, “is everything ok? Are people enjoying it?” and then what always happens as I sit there, is loads of people come in and start eating and I mean loads.
I managed to get down three times last week, I’m in for at least one lunch this week, I think Wednesday. I like the layout of the new menu and I really like the piles of vegetables outside.
I had a tremendous supper on Thursday night with an old mate from the BBC. We ate chorizo quiche, Scotch egg, gravalax and a ham terrine and that was starters! Then, good lamb chops with dauphinoise. Me and Tim argue about mint sauce, I was brought up with lamb and mint, Tim doesn’t approve. I made my point by offering my mint sauce to the chap next to me eating lamb, “oh yes please” he said. See Tim.
I’d eaten so much food I ended up giving my knickerbocker glory away to two ladies sitting opposite. I enjoy myself down there, I enjoy chatting to the customers, see you soon, I’m always up for a chat.
Our chef and my old mate Tim is coming into his own. We’ve been open a couple of weeks and the food is getting better and better, now we’ve got the hang of things, Tim is going to start to put new dishes on the menu. I came down for lunch on Thursday and found a cracking cock a leekie bubbling away on the counter.
I want some lamb chops on, with a bit of mint sauce, but then I’m such a square old traditionalist. Actually wouldn’t mind seeing a bit of fish and chips, we’ll see, it’s all developing nicely. When you’re in and you see me, give me your menu ideas.
Our challenge now is to give the front of the café more of a bar feel in the evening, Tim’s going to knock up some bar snacks. I know we have good food, but we’ve got really good affordable wines on as well. I want to see people having a drink and enjoying a nibble, maybe I’ll pop down, open a crate and see if anybody wants to join me.