The Poacher April 2016 Newsletter

Dear villagers,

Well the first month has raced by since our arrival in Elsworth and may I say what a fantastic month it has been!

Food is now firmly up and running and I am glad to say has been received extremely well, our Lunchtime trade is building superbly and our Evening trade could not have started any better. Sunday Roasts are now being served also, thank you so much for the lovely comments that everyone has made about the menus and food over the last couple of weeks.

We have a nice little team building here at The Poacher with Gary Ilife joining us as the Chef to work alongside me and Heather Oglesby my trusted friend looking after my day off. A big thank you to Ethan, Rachel, Grace and Lauren who have come on board for all their hard work in the opening month, it really has been appreciated.

I am sure most of you are aware that quite a lot of work has been going on at The Poacher, much has been done on the garden with reseeding, new brickwork, fencing and painting plus the old wooden pub sign being hung up outside the pub once more! Inside the building a bit of freshening up has occurred plus much needed work in the kitchen, ‘Punch Taverns’ has paid for all this work so a big thank you to them for getting the work done so quickly. Just a quick point with the garden, due to the topsoil and seed going down certain areas will be out of use for a couple of weeks. I apologise for any inconvenience.

Our first ‘Quiz Night’ was a great success with over thirty people attending, It was a very close contest with only seven points separating the six teams involved with ‘The Silver Linings’ winning by half a point!!!! Congrats go to them (and they only had three members), this month’s quiz is on St Georges Day and will have an English theme to it, I hope to see the teams increasing and do not forget the ‘Killer Question Pot’ was rolled over to last month’s event.

The first of our ‘Food Theme Evenings is happening on Saturday 9th April, Gary has come up with a wonderful French Menu for you to choose from and bookings are coming in fast, please give us a call or email to reserve a table. I think May’s theme will see me cooking one of my favourite cuisines as we will be holding a Chinese Evening, so start practicing your chop sticks skills!!! Please feel free to suggest a ‘Theme Evening’ to myself or Gary and maybe it will be your idea we use for June.

Let me give you a quick update on the lease situation here at The Poacher, things are moving quickly and as I have already mentioned much of the work that ‘Punch Taverns’ scheduled to be done has already or will soon be completed, the legal side has started and we are hoping that everything will be signed and put to bed by the end of April, then that horrible sign can come down. As I said last month this is a long term project for myself and Jamie and all the signs are pointing towards a very good future for our wonderful village pub.

Mentioning Jamie leads on nicely to a very big thank you to all the people who have wished him well after his surgery, many of you know that it is a very long process for Jamie and he awaits more surgery on his other leg when he has recovered from this operation. The timescale for him to get back to full fitness is over a year but he is very positive and all your wishes and kind words have been amazing and we both really do appreciate them.

So once again thank you for all your support and I hope you can see that The Poacher is really getting back towards where it should be and that the future is much brighter for this picture postcard pub. I look forward to seeing you through April and the coming months.

Best wishes David, Jamie and Roscko