For those of you who don’t know me, I’m David, Managing Director at Four Gables. The last few weeks have looked very different for all of us. Personally, I have loved the cherished time spent at home with my family. Although, it’s definitely fair to say that I’m better at managing a business in hospitality than home schooling. Now the tide is starting to turn, it’s time for me to return to the helm and start planning what the future will look like at Four Gables.

We are just as committed to you, the customer, as we have ever been. We are also prepared for whatever the world will throw at us in the next few months. It has taken us a while to envisage a path to “the new normal” and I guess in practice we are all going to continue to adapt as more information becomes available. For now, we have been working hard to find the right way forward and I am delighted to say that with government guidance, now is the right time to spring into action!

It will not come as a surprise to you that all of our pre booked events during this Spring and Summer have been cancelled or postponed. It has been our policy to be as helpful as possible during this scenario. All of our clients have put their faith in us and I have received many heartwarming messages to say “thanks for being so understanding, positive and proactive”.

Recently the government have (and we are to understand will continue to) relax the lockdown measures. So we are now confident we can take tentative steps forward. Things will obviously start small and we are now having conversations with clients pulling together small gatherings ready for the green light from the Government.

What does this mean for now?

We know that you are keen to spend time with friends, colleagues and family, so we have created three concepts that will work for small numbers (ideal for your ‘bubble’ of close friends and family). You can see more about the concepts below. Thinking about doing something different? perfect, take a look here for some inspiration.

We have already a number of these small intimate events booked over the coming weeks and I can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to getting things back on the road.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon,

 

David

How are we dealing with the parameters and guidance?

Take a look at the brochure below that will tell you a bit more about how we are going to deal with the challenges of social distancing etc…

The Grill

Close your eyes and imagine, you are in your garden, it’s a warm summers day. You have a mojito in one hand and a slow cooked pulled pork slider in the other. Perfect!
For parties of any size (restrictions allowing) this is perfect to get friends and family together while staying socially distanced. All you need is some relaxed seating and we will do the rest (bringing the BBQ itself and all equipment including glassware, cutlery and crockery). We can deliver a wonderful event while minimising contact. To ensure we deliver a seamless event, it is likely we will need to provide (depending on numbers) one front of house staff member and one chef on site.

 

From the grill

Pulled pork slider with red cabbage slaw and paprika mayo
Ras el hanout and honey glazed chicken
Grilled coconut and lime mackerel parcels
Coriander and garlic chicken skewer

Rocket, parmesan and walnuts with mandarin aged olive oil
Asian noodle salad with sesame and soy
Panzanella salad with ciabatta croutons
Truffled potato salad with spring onion and crème fraîche
Roasted beetroot, carrot and fennel with orange dressing

 

Something Sweet

Baileys tiramisu
Cocktail lollies – mojito | peach bellini | bucks fizz

 

*Let’s chat about cocktail options to sit alongside the grill

 

So, hopefully you are thinking “this sounds good but how does it work”. The Grill is priced at £32.50 per person + VAT (minimum of 6 guests). Shall we chat further, click here to get in touch.

Strawberries & Cream

Think Wimbledon / afternoon tea – glass of champagne in one hand and a warm scone laced with jam and clotted cream in the other. This is all about finesse. For parties of any size (restrictions allowing) this is perfect to get friends and family together while staying socially distanced. All you need is some relaxed seating or maybe a few rugs scattered around the garden and we will deliver the individually personalised hampers, designed to be given to each person.

The hampers can be delivered prior to guests arriving to minimise contact. That said, with potential drinks options, we suggest one member of our front of house team to be on site to ensure we deliver a seamless event.

 

Something Savoury

Poached and smoked salmon with lemon and dill mustard on dark rye bread

Roasted black leg chicken, walnut, lettuce & smoked mayo on granary bread

Roasted scotch sirloin, fresh horseradish cream & tomato on onion bread

Grilled red peppers, smoked hummus and rocket on brown bread

Truffled egg mayonnaise with chives on dark rye bread

Spinach and cheddar quiche royale

 

Something Sweet

Selection of scones

Botanical gin and tonic drizzle cake

Giant jammy dodgers

 

*Let’s chat about cocktail options to sit alongside the hampers

 

So, hopefully you are thinking “this sounds good but how does it work”. Strawberries and Cream is priced at £29.50 per person + VAT (minimum of 6 guests). Shall we chat further, click here to get in touch.

The Pasta Making Masterclass

So, if you are anything like us, you have probably missed the ability to get together with friends and family.
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When we were thinking about unique events you will enjoy, we got chatting about resurrecting something from the Food Academy days (you may not know but we used to run a cookery school). Making pasta was our most popular course by miles. So why not gather a group of 8-16 friends and family together and our chefs come over to teach you how to roll pasta and turn it into a dish worthy of a Michelin Star.
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All this will be accompanied by a cold bottle of beer, glass of bubbly or cocktails of your choice. We can roll pasta both inside and outside and we will bring all the equipment. Learn how to make the perfect pasta dough. Create an array of different pasta including spaghetti and pappardelle.

Then it is time to get creative as we roll tortellini and ravioli – how about stuffing them with roasted butternut squash, sage and comte?

As if rolling them wasn’t enough, its got to be time to eat by now, right? We will cook and present your pasta and leave you to enjoy the rest of the day with your friends and loved ones.

 

So, hopefully you are thinking “this sounds good but how does it work”. The Masterclass is priced at £49.50 per person + VAT (minimum of 6 guests). Shall we chat further, click here to get in touch.

What happens if things change?

We know that the last few weeks have created a great deal of uncertainty for individuals and businesses alike, we are in a great position as a business and are hugely excited about the opportunities on the backside of all this. That said in my role a big part of what I do is to ensure our clients feel comfortable booking with us, as such given the current scenario our stance has been and will continue to be that if any event is disrupted in any way by Covid-19 any deposit will be returned in full immediately or we are more than happy to move to a more suitable date. My hope is that this will give you the confidence to book your event with Four Gables without any financial risk. If you have any questions about any of this, just drop me an email.

 

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