A word from Ian (Jan 20)


Christmas and New Year all done and dusted. Thanks ever so for your fabulous support throughout and for your rave reviews and constructive comments- they really do help make all the hard work and long hours rewarding. Always my concern though is how we may be able to improve on those achievements but with over 100 repeat bookings already for Christmas Day and NYE we’d best get cracking!

The appeal with the Parliamentary Ombudsman on my extortionate and just plain wrong business rates rumbles on. At least they agreed before Christmas that the ‘unfit for purpose’ Valuation Office Agency and subsequently The Adjudicator’s Office have made the wrong decisions dating back to 2010. Whether they now take real ownership of the gross error and repay me for what I have been forced to cough up, we’ll have to wait and see.

New year, new à la carte, prix fixe menus, and a special Valentine’s lunch and dinner menu. For Club Bartellas members, a complimentary bottle of wine to the value of £40 now when dining from the à la carte. Offer valid until 1st March but not including Valentine’s Day – one bottle per member for the duration of the offer please.

We’re always on the lookout for personable and reliable front of house staff particularly those who are happy to work weekends. You know only too well the profile we generally hire and develop. So, if you know of any suitable candidates please send them our way ([email protected] / 01474 812154). We might even consider a small bounty for your introduction after their first three months.

Of late we’ve been asked to consider and have provided variations on what we ordinarily offer – drinks parties, lounge bar food, full afternoon teas and the like – so with extra staff on hand we’re more than happy to consider and accommodate where feasible your requirements.

As ever

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