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So we are back after the summer break (and wasn’t it great to have the sunshine with us) and getting ready for the students to return. Next week will see the Level 3 restaurant students returning with all others due to start on Monday 9th September. If you are interested in catering then please do not
hesitate to contact us and we would be more than happy to speak to you.
For now please have a look at our opening dates and we look
forward to seeing you soon…
Today see’s the release of our 2013/14 restaurant dates. As per last year we will be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday luncheon and every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening (term time).
Unfortunately this year we have had to put in a cancellation procedure in place due to the number of last minute cancellations last year. If you cancel within a 24 hours of your booking a £5 per person fee will be required payable by credit card. This is something that I have thought long and hard about and I can’t see any other way round it and I apologise now if this causes you issues. This will only apply if you cancel the whole table for example if a table drops from an 8 to a 6 the fee will not be applicable.
As you will also see we have kept our menus at the same price as last year but we have had to take coffee/tea out of the price. Coffee and tea will now be charged at £1.25 per person. I think you will all still agree that this represents excellent value for money for both lunch and dinner.
We look forward to seeing you all in October and thank you for all your continued support. If you are trying to book someone will be about for the next couple of weeks but after that we will be back the week commencing 27th
Have a good summer!!!
I know I say this every time but where does the time go? I can’t
believe I haven’t really written a blog for over a year. We are really in the
swing of the year now in fact this week sees the half-way point of the year
upon us. So what has happened so far? The level 3 hospitality students had a
really good day in London. They visited Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant Dinner, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant and Jason Atherton’s award winning restaurant Pollen Street Social. As well as this they had an early lunch at a restaurant called Meat Liquor. Meat liquor is fast turning into one of London’s top restaurants for Burgers. Its concept is very different from most but is so popular with all. After this they had a little time to themselves before heading off to the Connaught Hotel for an inspirational tour of the hotel. They were blown away with the rooms and the attention to detail and it has given them something to aim for. Once the tour had finished it was time for afternoon tea so they could see how it is done and get ready for the start of our tea service. I must take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the day it
was one they won’t forget in a hurry and one that inspires them to achieve their goal.
In January the first year students had the chance to participate in a session in the college’s environmental tank. This is a great team building activity and not one for the faint hearted. The environmental training pool simulates, as realistically and safely as possible, a variety of sea conditions and the safety procedures needed in case you were to evacuate a ship, oil rig etc… I know that they had a great time and want to do it again!!!
We also had a visit from the EDGE Hotel School which is based at Colchester. Just quickly this is the next step for our students wanting to carry on in education and move onto university. They have taken over a building called Wivenhoe House and transformed it into a wonderful hotel. They offer hospitality management courses and it is completely run by students who spend a certain amount of months in each department learning how they operate. It is a great way of learning, getting hands on experience which is vital our trade. For more information please see our friends section where there is a link to the hotel.
Right better be off now hopefully see you all soon
Just like the football fixtures new dates are out today... Please email or call for bookings...
Look forward to seeing you all soon...
I can’t believe how quick this year has gone...
First of all I must apologise for not adding to the blog since Christmas I just don’t know where time went (I think I might have been missing Luke but don’t tell him ha)
It has been another incredible year thanks to you of all for your amazing support. We have continued to grow which is amazing. This year saw the start of our Afternoon tea parties which were a great success and is something that we are looking to do again next year. These were a really good way of demonstrating to the students how full on service can be at work moving from lunch to afternoon tea and straight onto dinner but everyone really enjoyed it. Lunches and dinners have continued to be a popular as ever with a record number of you coming through the doors this year.
Hopefully I should have dates ready for next year by the end of next week the 22nd June!!!
So the interviewing process starts for next year’s candidates has started and all ready I’m looking forward to September and getting the restaurant open and them showing their skills off.
For now I will leave you in peace but I must take this opportunity to thank not only you but all the students, Ben, Dan and Ally for all their hard work in the restaurant this year it is much appreciated.
Wow how busy has the last couple of weeks been, the support you all give us is amazing not just at this time of year but all year...
This isn't a long blog today as there is so much to do but I just wanted to let you all know that last week we received the Potters Waveney Chamber of Commerce award for Customer Service... It is a great acheivement and one we are extremely proud of!!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank the college managment for their continued support in our growth, you the customers (we couldn't do it with-out you) and of course the students. It is hard at times to forget that the whole restaurant is run by them, they do such an amazing job and one that makes us the tutors very proud.
On a sad note, this week is the last for one of our restaurant staff Luke Catchpole. Luke has been with us for about 4 years now and has been a big big part of our continued growth and success and we couldn't have done it with-out him, he will be extremely missed. Luke is taking up the position of Duty Manager at the Wherry Hotel which is a great career move for him and one that I know he will gain lots of experience from. So please pop down to the Wherry for a carvery or drink if you want to catch up with him.
Thank you again Luke for everything...
If you are booked in this week I look forward to seeing you then and if not I would like to take this opportunity in wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you so much for all your support...
Good morning everyone...
Hope you are all well... This week see' the restaurant become fully operational with all groups now cooking and serving. The 1st year group had a successful 1st day yesterday in the kitchen they came out buzzing and were looking forward to today!!!
During the half term break lecturers Adam Vass and Chris Baker ventured down to the capital for staff development. Chris went to work at Gordon Ramsay @ Claridges for 3 days. He gained so much experinece/enthusiasm, the students have loved hearing his stories this week!!! Adam moved between Gordon Ramsay @ Claridges, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social. He too had such a great time the experience gained at these establisments money can't buy, he comes back with so many ideas for the students and the restaurant. Both Adam and Chris would like to take this oppourtunity to thank everyone for their time it means so much to them.
Just before half term the level 3 restaurant students went for afternoon tea at Claridges so they could experience a true service before we start doing them in a few weeks. A great day was had by all. The guest relations manager took time out of his busy schedule to take them on a tour of the hotel which was amazing and has given them a goal to aim for.
Once thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Sorry for the lack of blogs it has been so busy here... Well the 1st day of service has finally arrived... For us this is where it starts offering and giving the students experience in a real working environment. This is what they want to to get their hands dirty and get stuck in... All the 1st years serving tonight are nervous which is not a bad thing at all because it shows that they care and they want to do well and im sure they will... I will let you all know how it goes later...
For now thank you and see you all soon...
Wow what a first week we haven't stopped... This blog brings good news too you all... We are starting Friday lunches from the 3rd November 2011... For bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or through here or by phone on 01502 525073
Look forward to seeing you all in 3 weeks!!!