Updated: May 21
Happy spring everyone,
We’ve made it through winter and thank you for everyone’s support. The dark days of January and February are notoriously dark for the hospitality industry as everyone is broke, and cold wet days stop people going out but we’ve had a lovely time with lots of people, great feedback and a settling down of the team; we even had a Wednesday (yes Wednesday!) when we were full and had people waiting for tables. So, its onwards and upwards for us.
Our weekly Talking Table has had a great start. For those of you that don’t know about it, its run by volunteers who will be there every Monday 10-12 for anyone who wants to join them; be it because they are new to the area, feeling a little lost or isolated or want to meet new people. If you know people who would benefit, please spread the word, everyone is welcome. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers, this is proving a huge success. There were 10 people here this Monday which is wonderful for week 6; thank you volunteers.
We have made a few menus changes which have been really well received. Who would have thought that fish finger sandwiches would be so popular. Jamie’s Ramen broth and the new superfood salad were a given, however the jury is still out on the teff grain. It’s the ultimate superfood at 85% iron. Not everyone is liking it so we’ll see how it goes over the next few weeks. Popeye loves it!
We have had some full nights and some quiet nights and although I know this will take time to build, I have decided to stop doing evenings with immediate effect. It all came to a head last Friday when I missed my daughters play at Welwyn Youth Theatre Festival. I was even more mortified to have missed it when her group won best junior play and Edie picked up a special award for exceptional performance. Looking ahead I know my work/life balance will continue to suffer if I carry on running a café by day and restaurant by night. So…
Since opening we have had a number of private events which have been brilliant. We have had great feedback that the space just works! A couple of examples - 30 people for a christening and then 90 for a party where we moved the bench seating back; the space just lends itself to private events and parties and I do love hosting! We have bookings in the diary for an engagement party, a 50th party and a business social evening.
So please tell everyone and every business you know that Number One King Street is available for private events, be it a sit down meal for 60, drinks for 30, a networking event or party with buffet and disco, we can look after you.
Watch this space
By freeing up some of my evenings I can do family things but also have more time to implement some of my other ideas. Those that know me know my brain works at 100 miles an hour and I’ll now have the time to implement some of my ideas. So…
Courtyard area - I want to open up the courtyard into an outdoor seating area for the summer months with space for local artists and crafts to showcase their work.
Special events – We are looking into holding community social events on occasional evenings for you come and be part of. Gin tasting, cheese and wine nights, seasonal food evenings, live music. We have lots of ideas up our sleeve. Please do get in touch if you have an idea you think we should try.
Party on Potton
I love my community stuff and have missed doing my bit with Party on Potton which I can now pick up again. I’m aware we have lots of new followers from outside Potton who may not have heard of this wonderful, August Bank holiday 3 day party we hold every other year. It’s a date for your diary! www.partyonpotton.org.uk/
Apologies for such a long one, so much time, so little to do. Strike that, reverse it!