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Closing our doors - life at home for Perkins Bar & Bistro part 4

Welcome back to our blog. This time, we’re going to do something a little bit different…

Normally, what you’ve been reading is our social media guy (currently enjoying his box room) giving us a quick call to do an interview and check in on how staff are doing at home. It’s been useful, and gives you all plenty of tips on what to watch, listen to, or do during the lockdown to entertain yourselves.

But instead, the keys to this metaphorical car have been handed to me - Debs, your Events Manager. I’m going to take over and say something not a lot of places are saying… We have a lot to be thankful for!

What a crazy world we are now living in! With most of us doing our best to stay busy whilst staying home, I thought I would share with you what I’ve learnt so far in lockdown.

I love my job.

Well, not all of the time of course! But I cannot tell you how much I miss working for Perkins Family. Catching up with the regulars in the restaurant, meeting new people or helping a bride and groom to plan the best day of their lives, I have such a wonderful job. I miss the rush of a busy restaurant, the banter with the naughty chefs and the moment when a groom turns and catches the first glimpse of his bride.

We share in so many special memories with our guests and I have come to realise what a privilege this is. And then there’s the team of course. In hospitality, your team are your colleagues, friends and family rolled into one. You rely on them to get you through the worst of days, and celebrate with you on the best. Our team is incredible, and I appreciate them more than ever

I am so lucky.

The week before lockdown was busy. So busy in fact that I didn’t have time to think about the true extent of what was happening, and on the day it was announced, it finally hit me. I do not make enough time to see my friends and family. My family are all down in West Sussex, and my closest friends live in London, Paris and Berlin.

It was so easy to jump on a plane, or drive down the motorway for 3 or 4 hours – what have I bee n doing with my time off?! I have incredible friends and family, a great job and I finally made it onto the property ladder last summer after buying my first home. The thought that this could all be taken away from me was devastating. Never again will I take so much for granted.

How amazing is this country?

Hard times only seem to emphasise what a glorious nation we are! An abundance of positivity, thank you’s and offers of help are leading us through this uncertain time. Whilst there are protests in America, we are banging our pots and pans together, cheering on the wonderful NHS and key workers.

We’ve fallen in love with the inspirational Captain Tom Moore and volunteer work and charitable donations are through the roof! This country is incredible. Keep it up team, you’re all doing a cracking job!

Anyway, I think that’s probably enough from me for now. Hopefully I have managed to get you through a few more minutes of your day.

So stay safe, stay positive and don’t eat too many biscuits.

I can’t wait to see you all again soon x


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