Many small businesses post updates on Facebook. We definitely make use of social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but find this space – our very own website – the best place for longer posts where we set out to update you or explain what’s going on.
Not least because we know that you have chosen to click a link to be here, or have sought us out voluntarily, and are therefore interested in what we have to say!
So the first news is what’s happening this week. Tomorrow – Halloween- we are opening from 5pm – 8pm. I’ve never been a massive fan of Halloween and you won’t find devilish ghouls and gravestones in The Kitchen. But if you fancy a warming hot chocolate, a pumpkin spiced latte, treat bags for the little ones and some cupcake decorating why not join us? We’ll be outside The Kitchen but you’re welcome to come in and warm up too – if you’re in fancy dress we’d love to post a pic on our Instagram page so don’t be shy!
This Friday and all weekend we have a Temporary Licence. We will be serving Prosecco Afternoon Teas, before kicking off the weekend with a chance to sample some ales from Popes Yard Brewery in Whippendell Road. At 7.30pm Yellow Comedy join us, starting the stand up at 8.00pm.
We’re closed from 1pm on Saturday afternoon for a private party, but open again on Sunday again with an alcohol licence if you fancy popping in for a beer and a brownie or perhaps a prosecco and cupcakes.
Many of you have been following our journey towards a Premises Licence with interest, and asking for news. The latest update is that there will be a hearing by the middle of November. We’d like to reassure anyone concerned that our intention is not to open late every night with loud music.
But licensing law dictates that for example when Creation Station meet for glass painting with a glass of wine we require a licence to sell this. The very popular Kitchen Folk and Dial Up would love to refresh their thirst with a pint of ale – again not possible at the moment. And Yellow Comedy always goes well with a licensed bar, as do our occasional musical evenings. Most of all though, we know that many customers enjoy a glass of bubbles with their Afternoon Tea and we would like to be able to serve this.
If the licence is granted evening events will generally finish by 10.30pm and closing time will be 11.00pm with us urging customers to leave quietly and with respect for our neighbours. Events with amplified music will take place no more than once or twice a week. In other words, things will carry on pretty much as they are at the present time with the biggest change being that customers will be able to purchase their drink of choice from us. We hope that this clarification is reassuring.
Looking ahead we are already planning for Christmas. Our first shopping evening was a huge success and the next one is booked for November 23, then again on December 7. Our Festive Tea menu is almost ready and we are taking orders for Christmas cakes.
We will be closed from Christmas Eve until January 2 this year, taking some time out to rest and also deep clean the premises – sorry for any inconvenience.
Thank you for reading the updates and we look forward to seeing you soon – hopefully many of you tomorrow!