Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Dangerous Dave in full effect!

For those that know me and have been following Full English’s somewhat stuttering birth the good news is that we are finally making real progress.

The basement issues that have plagued us since day one are fully fixed – everything is dried out and as clean as a whistle.

We had a full week of shop fitting and it is finally starting to resemble a restaurant in there!  We’ve even got rid of the lurid green front which was a real pivotal moment for me.

So, when are we opening?  Still not entirely sure…  They are talking about retanking and the basement while we still have some issues with the electrics – I doubt it will be this side of Christmas but you never know…


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The day-to-day plums that most of us get from the super markets these days tend to be a bit hard and uninspiring eaten straight from the bowl.


My plums on toast

My plums on toast


I’ve devised a great way to sweeten them up without cooking out all the goodness and making it into a delicious light(ish) breakfast.

Simply halve you plums, de-stone, pan fry in a little butter and add fruit based booze and sugar to taste towards the end to make a reduced syrup sauce.

Toast both sides of a good bit of bread (sourdough or something thereof) and then spread with a mixture of equal parts butter and sugar with a good pinch of cinnamon and ginger. Place the plums nicely on the toast, dust with icing sugar and serve.

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“I’ve got the deep shit…”

So, I’m the proud owner of a mid-sized cafe/restaurant/diner in Highbury.  We picked up the keys yesterday after a farcical day of builders left stranded with no work to do and too many trips to Travis Perkins than is good for any man.

Hooray! Rob’s finally up the ladder!

Problem is, when we finally got in the basement was flooded with 10k gallons of water – the hunt was soon on for a sub pump and wellies to get to the bottom of it.

My approach to this whole project is to remain calm, focused and determined – I’m now in control of my own destiny – so I didn’t panic and instead concentrated on the job in hand.  The water was soon pumped out and any remaining residue was scooped out with a dustpan and buckets.

Off I trotted to Wickes (anything for a change of scene) and on my return I was presented with said dry basement as full as it was that morning.  Pumping the water into the drain outside the restaurant simply refilled the clearly broken drainage system which in turn refilled the basement.  Bugger.

Bugger – the water’s back…

So the council promise they will come out and fix it but in the meantime I’m left with an all mighty cleaning job and the nasty smell of standing water permeating the whole building.

Ah well, at least my bottle of Neagles Rock from Yapp Bros. turned up – calm,  focused, determined, pissed…

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