Our Christmas Lunch 2015

Traditionally every year, members of Reading Embroiderers’ Guild get together in early January to enjoy a belated Christmas Lunch. This takes place in the restaurant of the catering school department of Reading College/ TV University, where students learn about every aspect of the hospitality business.

In former years we could select our three course lunch from a menu supplied by the course tutor and restaurant manager Robert, but recently we have been choosing our lunches on the day.

Our lunch is ably arranged by our most efficient Programme Secretary, Maxene, so all runs like clockwork. This year nineteen of us gathered in the lobby ready for whatever culinary delights awaited us. Three courses were available, with three choices per course, which catered for most tastes, those with special dietary needs were provided for too. Apart from Adams Ale, all beverages were extra to the overall cost of the lunch, which was most reasonable.

There were now three tables filling up with chattering and expectant ladies, with the young, nervous staff waiting to serve us with bread rolls and to take the orders for drinks. Apart from a few shaky and wobbly hands and sploshes of spilled water, all went well. Choices were made, rolls and butter devoured, well they were quite small, warm and delicious. The students worked well as a team, though nerves did play a small part in the proceedings at times…but they smiled their way through to the end, serving the teas and coffees with a slightly more assured hand. Perhaps it was the relief that the ordeal was almost over!

Overall, a very jolly and pleasant interlude was had by everyone, now repleat with a good lunch, good company and already looking forward to January 2016 when the tradition will continue.

By the way, I had the chicken broth which was quite delicious, light and full of flavour, and the plaice, with butter and parsley and nicely cooked if a little predictable choice of vegetables. Couldn’t manage the profiteroles or steamed pud.

‘til next year…….

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