Intriguingly, Jeremy and the big man of Christmas first met when Jeremy was a little boy, in a book, called rather appropriately - The Secret Feast of Father Christmas - here's an extract.....And so young Jeremy, what were you asked to do?"
"I had to dress up like a gnome"
"And so you did, right?"
"Yes, it looked very silly"
"It looked adorable" said Tabitha (could this be one of Vera's pseudonyms?)
Jeremy happens to be in good company too - the cartoon is by illustrator Neil Linnert who also cartooned Heston Blumenthal, although he did not have to don a gnome's outfit!
And so, it came to pass - it has been an extremely busy year for the restaurant and our hard working team next door at the Cafe. Our kitchen, led by Jimmy Gray, has been pushing the culinary boundaries in producing innovative and flavoursome dishes. Equally, the front of house team has worked hard to give our special brand of personal service in a warm and friendly (romantic too!) atmosphere.
With Christmas just around the corner, it is worth remembering that it is not just a time for celebration but also giving as we join in helping survivors in the Philippines via the emergency appeal fund for IMPACT, a small highly responsive charity which is getting survival packs to the neediest. Every penny donated will be sent directly to the Philippines - visit Impacts Emergency Appeal - if you too wish to make a donation.
A little closer to home, our opening times over the festive period for both Jeremy's and Cafe Elvira can be found on our website. And please join us for a celebratory Burns Night supper on Saturday 25th January - haggis, neeps, tatties and whisky and ceremonial piper. We are now taking bookings, 4-courses £47.50 per person and any aversion to haggis can be catered for. Please either call us 01444 441102 or book online.
This just leaves us to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to thank all our lovely customers for their continuing loyal support and custom over the past year.
With best wishes,
Jeremy, Vera and the team