Restaurant/Function Space Now Open!
Although the first uses were the previous weekend with a couple of functions; one for a 40th birthday party on Saturday and the Best Bar None Annual Awards 2015 ceremony on Sunday night; Thursday evening saw the first night open for booked meals.
Thursday evening went pretty smoothly and Friday and Saturday the same.
For the first time on a busy weekend no-one needed to be turned away and James, our chef, agreed it was a perfect opportunity to test how we would all cope with the increase in demand.
Happily, both the kitchen and the serving staff were at the top of their game and there were no delays.
With the number of Xmas Lunches & Dinners booked starting on 27 November it makes us a lot more confident that everything will go just as smoothly.
Next Door frees up space in bar!
Initially, Next Door will be used on the busiest weekday & weekend evenings and other activities are in the pipeline that would have been impossible before opening.
During busy evenings, most of the seating area was taken up with people and families enjoying a meal sometimes until about 8.30pm.
It was recognised there were other customers who would have liked just to come down and have a quiet drink and sit at a table without having to book a meal.
One of the benefits with the opening of Next Door means that seating in the bar won't be monopolised by customers eating and available for anyone just wanting to have a drink. You will still be able to have a meal, if you fancy it, but you won't have to pre-book a table.
Some of our customers like standing at the bar but not everyone, particularly couples, who might prefer to have a seat and chat.
Overcome Some Criticism!
And, one complaint on Tripadvisor by a couple having a meal was
"We ate at the Corbie Inn when it opened and decided to give it another try as they seem to be getting awards. As soon as we entered the pub the noise hit us. You could not hear yourself speak as the crowd around the bar were enjoying themselves... We left as soon as we could as the pub was getting busier and noisier. Excellent value for money but not for us."
Hopefully, the new arrangements will make a difference for everyone!