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This was written by a respected industry star 👏👏
“So I’m not normally one to speak publicly on Facebook like this, but this is something that can no longer go unsaid.
Eat Out To Help Out was brought into the hospitality industry on Monday, and this has put a completely different type of strain on every person in the industry. We have seen numbers increase dramatically overnight. Yes, it is nice to see so many people coming out again, but much more than just revenue is at stake here. I believe that this scheme is not having the effect the government had intended for.
As a chef, in this wonderfully diverse sector. I have seen mental, emotional and physical health deteriorate dramatically all around me. From the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected every one who walks the earth in one way or another, to now the Eat Out to Help Out “scheme”.
Today we had our busiest day since Christmas, you will never know the amount of blood, sweat and tears go into everything you eat. And that’s the glamour of being able to hide behind a menu and wait the standard 20 minutes (which many customers love to round up to 40 minutes, when demanding to know the whereabouts of their meals.
There is more pressure than ever on Chefs, front of house and business owners alike and we need to stand together and pick each other up when we are down. If you have friends/family in the industry or even just happen to know someone however distantly, just spare a minute out of your day to see how they’re doing. In a world which is quickly becoming unbareable to live in, we need support more than ever.
What can you, as a customer do to help? Be as kind and courteous as your server is to you. A smile can go an unbelievably long way, is it so hard to muster? Just because it’s all half price, doesn’t mean you need to order double the amount of food, just for half of it to come back to the kitchen or have it wrapped up for takeaway. Eat Out To Help Out is to help the industry, not to make the customer feel entitled and demand the world from an amazing team of people, who haven’t managed to stop working for the past 15 hours, simply to please you.
Tipping. Yes, tips are not mandatory but we are all trying to make ends meet in these tough times, but when we have bent over backwards to please you (and you save 50% in the process) is a simple 10% tip such a massive ask? It doesn’t take a genius to work out that you’re still saving 40% (if you use EOHO for it’s intended purpose) and believe me, that will work wonders to help a person who is having to work 60+ hour weeks in a minimum wage job, being treated like utter crap. Simply to put food on the table (which would be nowhere near as luxurious as that lunch you’ve just had).
We are all working much harder to provide the same excellent level of service you have all become accustomed to. Following the COVID rules is not a big ask. Our NHS & key workers have done an amazing job with keeping this country running as best as they can and we simply cannot afford another spike. If you find it hard to comply with the very easy-to-follow signage or simply can’t seem to operate a sanitizer dispenser properly, do the country a favour and just don’t come out. We’ll all be safer for it.
To my fellow Chefs and hospitality workers. We’ve got this 👊 we are losing far to many of us to suicide and addiction, we are all in this together, so please don’t for one second feel as though you’re alone. If anybody ever needs to talk, whether I know you personally or not, my inbox is always open. We are one team, we have one goal.
Feel free to share this to let others who are currently in this industry know that you are there for them. Things will get better, together we can make sure of it. 🤟” ... See MoreSee Less
We are fully open today from 12pm for you to take advantage of the government 50% off (up to max £10 per person) scheme... Call us - 01929-459227 from 10.30am this morning to book ESSENTIAL! ... See MoreSee Less
Our NEW FOR 2020 SUNDAY ROASTS ARE FLYING OUT!!!!! How good does the Lamb shoulder sharing platter look..... No need cook on Sundays anymore... Just make sure that you book and pre-order the sharing platters by 6pm on Friday - Call Us on 01929-459227 ... See MoreSee Less
We’ve got an amazing hot weekend ahead - Perfect Alfresco dining time!
This weekend see the launch of our new Sunday Roast sharing platter in addition to our hugely popular plated roast launched last weekend....
The “Botany Bay Sunday Roasts Sharing Board” is served at your table for four people, this weekends option is an overnight slow roasted shoulder of lamb and it comes to your table on a platter with all of the trimmings for you to carve/serve yourself. It’s available by preorder only, orders before 4pm on a Friday for the coming Sunday.
The new normal means that we are operating with a lower seating capacity, so bookings are imperative, so we advise that you get your bookings in as soon as possible as we fill up fast.
Our new menu featuring our amazing Handmade Sourdough Pizzas, Cajun Chicken & Bacon Salad, Poached Egg, Bacon & Black Pudding Starter, our NEW!! - 4 Pastas - 4 Sauces option, where you can choose your favourite Pasta and Sauce combination and it comes with a side salad & garlic bread. We also have some of your old favourites, including our awesome 10oz Sirloin Steak, Our 4 choice Ploughman’s, traditional kebabs, burgers, pub favourites and much more.... For pudding you will find our new Pineapple & Passion Fruit Eton Mess and chef’s amazingly good Brûlée with Fresh Raspberries & Strawberries.
We are registered with the UK ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ Scheme!!!
During August you can take advantage of the government scheme and get a 50% discount off of your food or non-alcoholic drinks, but only when you eat or drink in our restaurant or garden. (The scheme provides up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner and the great news is you can enjoy the benefits of the offer as many times as you like on Wednesdays with us through August).
It amazing to get such fantastic feedback from our first NEW Sunday roast service since March. We’re so lucky to have such an awesome team and the best customer support. Thank you to you all 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
The Botany Bay is back and so is our NEW Sunday Roast... Check it out below !!
We reopen at 12pm on Saturday, with our new Botany Bay Plated Roast being served between 12pm to 4pm on Sundays, which is served with the usual favourites and some new veg dishes like Creamy Leek & Cauliflower cheese & Buttery Mashed Swede!! The new normal means that we will be operating on Sundays for our roast with bookings only, but to ensure we provide adequate social distancing, there are less tables available, so we advise that you get your bookings in as soon as possible as we are booking up fast. We also have a new menu that includes our amazing pizzas, Cajun Chicken & Bacon Salad, Poached Egg, Bacon & Black Pudding Starter, our NEW!! - 4 Pastas - 4 Sauces option, where you can choose your favourite Pasta and Sauce combination and it comes with a side salad & garlic bread. We also have some of your old favourites, including our awesome 10oz Sirloin Steak, Our 4 choice Ploughman’s and more.... For pudding you will find our new Pineapple & Passion Fruit Eton Mess and chef’s amazingly good Brûlée with Fresh Raspberries & Strawberries. In the next couple of weeks we will also be launching our Brand New “Botany Bay Sunday Roasts Sharing Boards” where you will be able to enjoy a full roast dinner that comes to your table on a platter ready to serve 4 people with all of the trimmings and carve/serve yourself. Our new sharing boards will include new options like a delicious whole Roast Chicken, an overnight slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb and a succulent Slow Roasted Pork Belly with the best crackling, but as you will appreciate, in order to assist our kitchen, they will only be available by preorder before 6pm on Thursdays for Sunday.
The Botany Bay Inne is getting ready to reopen its doors next Saturday 1st August, our cellar is restocked and our bar will be open from 5pm tonight serving draught ales, ciders, lagers and also wines & spirits etc. Why not come and eat your awesome ROOTZ meal in our garden with a glass of your favourite tipple 👍🏻🍺🥂🍕🍔🥙 ... See MoreSee Less