Thursday, 23 May 2013

Week beginning May 20th - Blackboard of knowledge - We'd thought we'd lost him

He is our second longest serving staff member after Chef Jared. Turns up every day for work (well actually he stays over night, like a guard dog), and is put outside every day whether it be rain, hail or shine. Unfortunately, when it's windy he tends to fall over, so we bring him in.

Everyone knows him, and he knows everyone. People look for him every day to see what he has to say, he is creative and witty, with sayings that sometimes you get, and sometimes you have to think about. He loves a karaoke and has often been known to sneak out at night for a cheeky few after we lock up, returning before anyone sees him. (we have it on video).

He is the blackboard of knowledge and after three years he is getting a bit worn around the edges. He has had a couple of face lifts with let's just say 'not fully qualified' surgeons (me) and like all bad face lifts, he was starting to fall apart at the seams.

Then on the weekend just gone, this happened. We think he went all a bit bashment and Roots Manuva and got carried away. You know how it is after a large weekend. This may be how you feel on a Monday too. Poor thing.

We thought perhaps we had lost him, in fact he needed two days to recover. People were asking what had happened, had the council asked for him to be removed? Support and best wishes came from everywhere.

So we contacted a better surgeon (Chef Rory), and he had a good one hour session. Drills, screws, measuring tapes and he is all back together again. Ready to face the summer and continue to make peoples days. We've changed the locks so he can't get out, but if you ever see a blackboard in the local pub, dancing to Roots Manuva, please send him home.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passionfruit, peach) 3.70 (add 30 p for granola or yoghurt)
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Croissant with gruyere cheese and plum tomatoes 4.00
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with homemade preserves 1.70
Coffee, cherry and walnut toast 2.30
Banana bread 2.40

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.80
Pain au chocolat 2.40
Almond croissants 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet Muffins: Mango and brazilnut 2.20
Savoury Scone: Curried peas and feta 2.20
Damson and melilot friands 2.20
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 1.80
Chocolate chip cookies 1.80

French retro baguettes 4.90
Salmon, cucumber, lime cream cheese, thai basil, rocket
Mushroom pate, crushed minted peas, red onion, spinach

Foccacias 5.00
Ham with baked golden delicious, rosemary aioli, spinach
Tomato, mozzarella, rocket, chimichurri

Salads: 5.50/6.50
Fish goujons with bucks-horn plantain and cucumber pickled in honey vinegar, sea kale and garnished with wood sorrel
Roasted baby beetroot with oak leave, hazelnut crumble, mature cheddar, watercress and garnished with purple and white nettle flowers
Edamame beans in pod with pepperwort dressing

Tart: 4.00 or 7.50 with salad
Tomato and mozzarella risotto balls baked in sliced cured pig cheeks

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