This year seems to be flying past, it fells like it was Christmas just a couple of weeks ago yet we are nearly at the end of February already. Mind you I suppose it is because we have been very busy since the turn of the year, not so much customer wise but in all the jobs we have managed to complete over the past 2 months. The bar is now completely redecorated and it is looking great now, gone are the old bench type seats, all the woodwork has been stripped and stained and we now have lovely curtains to the windows thanks to Jane’s hard work. In fact as I write this she is busy sewing away making curtains for the conservatory which will transform it.

We’ve had a carpenter in and he’s been busy with all sorts of little jobs that need doing after a hard year and ready for the coming season but he still has a lot yet to do.

I mentioned in the last blog that we are trying to sort out the greenhouse to make it more productive this year and Julie is currently on with that. She’s scrubbing it to within an inch of its life getting rid of all the built up moss etc that accumulates in greenhouses and tiding up inside. She has the vegetable beds looking good and well manured ready for planting so roll on spring.

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The garden itself is starting to shake of the winter blues with the snow drops and crocuses coming through as well as the daffodils too so it will soon look far more inviting.

We now have a new member of staff int he kitchen too, Sarah arrived with us at the end of January from New Zealand, she was a student at Christchurch catering college where one of my former Sous Chefs – David Spice – is now lecturing and he sent her over. She is settling in well which must be quite difficult, coming half way round the world by yourself to a completely new environment where she knows no one at all and leaving summer behind in New Zealand to find snow on the ground to greet her arrival.

We are of course still producing some fine food in the kitchens so why not come and give it a try if you’ve not been before or re-acquaint yourself with what we do if you’ve not been for a while. It seems that most of our business lately has been returning customers which is always nice.

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Have a look at the seasonal offers page on the web site as there are some good deals to be had at this time of year and I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

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