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OMG! September 2013

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SE ND U F DIG OR T S YO ITA HE UR GE L CA CHA NAUG N TS M HT FE ER CE Y MO ATU A IF TO W PICS NT RE YOU IN A H’S D I R ISS N NE SNA UE XT P !

“DON’T MAKE ME ANGRY… YOU WOULDN’T LIKE ME WHEN I’M ANGRY!”

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A few drinks in the sun can make anyone feel like the Incredible Hulk.

Latest Winners Rose Street Brewery Justinlees Inn, Dalkeith Treble Bob, Barlborough

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SHOUTING ABOUT! Our very own ‘happy news’ stories from across Orchid G N I M O O L B LLOUS!

FUNNY STORY

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Guess who won the most colou rful pub 2013 as Poges, Wexham voted by Stok and Fulmer Hort e icultural Society than our very ? None other own Peter and La ura Lucas and gardener Vince their trusty at the Fox an d Pheasant in the 120 year his Stoke Poges! In tory of the Ho rticultural Socie second time th ty, this is the e pub have won. That’s some ac hievement!

GOING THE EXTRA MILE! A team of eight from the Paraffin Lamp in Livingston, led by Manager Diane Allister, walked the not so short distance of 96 miles on the West Highland Way this month. Once they arrived, they were looked after by Anne Cameron and her team at the Ben Nevis Bar in Fort William. According to Diane they “excelled themselves and made my team feel very welcome”. As is the Orchid way!!

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Cyclist Tom Smith, who won Silver and Bronze at last month’s Deaflympics 2013 in Sofia, is seen here dining at The Cedar Tree in Caerphilly! Tom's brother is Ted Smith who works behind the bar - congratulations to Tom on your fantastic success from everyone at Orchid!!

GOLF TOURN AMENT! Manager Pa ul Black

lock at the Anson in W allsend has started up a golf society . At the start of the month they played their first an nual tournament. The winner was Martin Buchanan, who played his best round ever. It was also Martin’s bir thday on the day so perhaps lad yluck was on his side! Martin will hold the tro phy until Augus t 2014. Well played Martin! OMG OMG

TOP DOGS! June & Richard Ogden at the Priory in Wellingborough treated their staff to a quality night out at the dogs. With their pub closed for a refurb, June and Richard took the opportunity to get the whole team together for a night of celebration. They even treated their staff to two hummers and one limo so they could arrive in style. It was an early retirement gift from them to the team, proving to us all there’s still life in the old dogs yet!

TRUST TOMO… “Whilst arriving at the cinema

the other nigh t, I found a park ing spot and went to drive in. I noti ced a Mars drink ca rton on the floor whic h I assumed wa s empty so I dr ove over it. Unfortunately it wasn’t empty as I he ard a ‘pop’ wh ilst manoeuvring in to the space and then SPLA T all over the car next to m e. Whoops! Can you imagin e coming out of the cinema an d seeing that ?! Unfortunately for the owner it looked like it had been cleaned recent ly too!!”


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CHARITY ALE METER! WE FOLLOW ORCHID PUBS WHO REALLY KNOW HOW TO DO THEIR BIT FOR CHARITY!

Albion, B

lackpool

£1,419

Regulars and staff at the Rock took part in a charity 5-a-side football tournament. The team left no stone unturned in raising a substantial amount for Teenage Cancer Trust. Fantastic effort!

This excellent total was raised by the Albion tea m for Trinity Hospice Local Charity. Trinity provides palliative care free of cha rge for those that need it. Congratulations on this fantastic amount which was raised for the UK’s oldest Hospice!

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£1,050

White Hart, Orpington

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ur employee of fo Claire Kelly, an art, had asked the pub hite H years at the W ise money for her partner’s ra d ul co ey d been if th teridge who ha friend Dave Gutbowel cancer. Due to the diagnosed withness, Dave couldn’t work extent of his ill ed a new treatment through and was declin the NHS. mily got , friends and fa For this reason nise various fundraisers, together to orgaas a Sinatra night at the one of which wave sadly passed away a few White Hart. Devent. The money they days after the n to help the family with raised was givertion was given to Bowel costs and a po h. Cancer Researc Hart help, the White eir local of t ac is th h it th W strong part of showed what aey really are. It was a community th ample of people pulling nificent ex need. OMG OMGmag ort someone in pp su to er th ge to

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A fundraising quiz and raffle night was held at the Frogshole Farm to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Ben Bland, one of the pub’s regulars, is due to have a bone marrow transplant and Ben’s mum Catherine asked for the pub’s help to buy outside furniture for the unit. A superb amount was raised, congratulations on their achievement!

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The Bostin team managed to rais e this amount for the Honeypot Charity , their total for the year reaching £572.65 . There were many fun activities on the day including a ‘handprint sign’ for the children. Barman Matt Gwilliam even had his chest and naval waxed which he followed with an awesome dance routine!

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Has your pub done something amazing for charity? Tell us about it and be next to feature in OMG!’s Charity Meter!


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New investm by from start y - it's flown vestment stor in r ou on t to star nt “Well, where ishment mea what a refurb ed. od os to cl rs e w de to finish! y un da e the team fully ange until th ch to as g w in r I don't think go ba e wn, the back h things wer and how muc s everywhere, pictures do xe bo e er w There . e blinds shut empty and th d and leaflet droppe d managed an s, jet washed, he ks nc ee w be e d re te th in a dummy The team pa over the next training and r workbooks of ei k th ee w ed a et d pl me! ha co com en d th ha e e W tim the sun! e open… the er w e to do it all in w it re we knew run, and befo new ally enjoy the They especi receive b. ey pu th w e ic ne rv e se s th bles and the t for me is ta Everyone love en ily m hm fa is e rb area, th rt of the refu pa st e the be separate bar tim e e th th d . However e training an from the team nfidence and b looks but th co pu as e th ed g ch in at not how amaz d together. Everyday I w st about d it wasn't ju en ges grew an respect team got to sp an d ch an e th ow g gardin e getting to kn er w excitement re ey Th . e learning what they wer each other. pite people king life (des th of my wor on ost fun I’ve m m t e es th si as the bu However, it w . f!) I myself had but also of er th ag on an have a m sked as a M thinking you nged and ta e le al er w ch ho as w w I le had as well. amazing peop are. t from some ill given suppor rtunity, and st po op y at an willing to help an not only got ent we have hm is am rb te e fu th re e of So out of th vels that one with trade le ay", we amazing pub nday everyd Su a ng ki or team "w te as na ed io rib ss desc and pa enthusiastic l. We are el w it also have an do d t they do an who love wha L INN!!” AL ly ite fin de ger

Manor Farm, Hull

“After fou ry Managers ears of begging an , it finally happene d four different A rea d!! The own ers, prior to Orchid cheap pa , had sla in pp What ma t on our wonderf ul histori ed a load of de it wors c buildin e was th the chara g. at it failed cte to bring social clu r and its origina ou lity. Built b for the in 1898 a t Grand H gone thro s the otel staff ugh man , and hav y Buccane ing er’s pride stages of extens ion is its bow The last on ed windo s, the w at the at a cost e was supplied b fro y Pilking of £18,00 ton's of Ir nt. 0.00! eland I debated on the co obvious that certa lours for the front; in aspec highlighte ts neede it was d d to be I selecte . The decorators d the colo a urs I wan rrived and, dubio profuse fr usly, ted. Frow om all co nin nc and I’m g lad I did… erned, but I stoo g was d my gro Antique we love it und Go ! former g ld brought the bu Windsor Blue an lory with d il d in g b a com ck passers-b y and the pliments from cu to its council. stomers, local heri tage offic er from th e We got n ew toilets to builders, o! The de excelled corators and plu mbers A themselv fter es only clos ed for fiv and we were e days. We are h appy bun nies aga in!” S t e ve n Carth

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Haywain, St Ives

f in the and the proo and painters 5k and s £3 er er ild ov bu n e we have take t time with th , ea ys gr da a n d ee ha “We in sixt speak is that stomers. pudding so to en incredible from our cu a be s ha ck fore! We have ba ed fe like never be re. ed he m g co in el w w flo s has been od factor is football shirt d the feel go The return of tor screen an ay!” ec w oj e pr tiv t si ar po e th Lowe, us in a very new state of ed ct pa im s d J u li e ally ha The refurb re S t e ve a n s

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Red Lion Inn, Leicester “Well what can I say… the whole pub looks fantastic a nd has a n lease of lif ew e, fr to the knife om the Carvery unit s and fork o n - very clas sy! The en the windows tire very excite d, not to m team are ention the customers ! It's been a real eye opener to see what a ctu into a refu rb and how ally goes hard everybody works beh ind the scenes. I e ven got to wa Area Mana ger getting tch our his hands dirty! The pub is already ge nerating customers I ha If this is wh ven't seen before. ere Orchid Carveries are going, I think we are looking at a very b righ with the se t future especially parate roo ms for meetings a nd functio ns. Karen and Iw thank Rufu ould like to s for havin g faith in the Red Lio n team!” G a r ry D ysonHuff, Ma nag er

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"The tran sfo renamed rmation here at the 'B greatly re ird In Hand' has b newly ceived b y custom een alike. ers and s taff With a fre sh fresh dou new look, as we ll as our gh pizza s, it success to date. O is proving a gre at ur three closure fo week r re hard work furbishment wa s ve ,b doors for ut when we open ry e the first ti me to the d the on Saturd p a ublic y 2 0 th July, a work was ll that ha worth it! rd With the gre from Matt at support we re ce he and Math w Morris (Area M ived ew Stanc a liffe (Inve nager) Manager) stment it has en abled us strength to go fro to m If anyone strength. is looking investme to b e part of a nt within new O advice I can give rchid, the best is to ens organise ure yo da utilise sta nd have a plan in u are ff hours w place to isely, as goes very the time quickly!"

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HALO Awards 2014 AT ORCHID WE BELIEVE THAT OUR PEOPLE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE AND WE LIKE TO REWARD THEM FOR ‘STANDING OUT IN THE CROWD’. FOR THIS REASON, THE ‘HALO AWARDS’, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ‘ORCHID OSCARS’, WERE BORN!

LIVING THE ORCHID VISIONS These awards recognise and celebrate our very best people; the ones who have gone beyond the call of duty, live and breathe our vision and values, and fully support our mission to ‘grow a profitable company where our people are proud to work and our customers are proud to recommend’. Quality of service and exceptional performance have become the norm within Orchid in the last year with more and more members of the Orchid family demonstrating why they should deserve a Halo Award. There are SEVEN Awards that all of us can vote for.

CATEGORIES:

• ST E PS TO EXCE LL EN CE G RAD UATE O F THE YEAR for Ne w • APPREN TI C E OF THE YE AR 2014! • S OC IA L MED IA B US IN ES S OF THE YE AR

To make sure the very best people in the business get the recognition they deserve, we need your help! Do you know of someone who has gone the extra mile? Do you have a colleague who’s a social media wizard for your pub? Or perhaps you have • YE AR OF S POR T BU S IN ES S OF THE YE AR a Chef who could rival Gordon Ramsay? If so, we need to hear about it – your nominations will award • DIVI SIONA L someone a Halo! DIR ECTO R’ S OUT S TA NDIN G PE RF ORM AN CE AWAR DS (x2)

THE‘ORCHID OSCARS’ RECOGNISING TALENT & PASSION FORYOU AND BYYOU! Nobody

knows exceptional standards and service better than our people so be on the look out for anyone you think deserves an award and please return your nominations to us by completing our online survey. https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eXOz7nFtt1bIW8Z

To make your nominations count, each one must have a description of 10 words or more as to why you have selected someone to win a Halo Award. Any nominations without this description will not be taken into consideration. QR CODE OMG OMG

• SA LE S GR O W TH BUSI N ES S OF TH E YE AR • M AGN IFI C EN

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• BE ST IN B LO OM AWA RD • MAN A GER OF TH E YE AR • CHEF OF TH E YE AR • AR EA MAN AGE R OF THE YEA R • ORC HID ID OL OF TH E YE AR • OR CHID SU PP OR T IDOL OF THE YE A R • HERO OF HO SPITAL IT Y • SH IN E AWA RD


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…Here are the Awards that everyone can vote on… Manager of the Year

Orchid Idol of the Year Chef of the Year Vote for a Chef who has a real passion for food and cares about their business and their team. Someone who is passionate about their cooking and its presentation, and who also provides great food for their customers.

Orchid Support Idol of the Year

Area Manager of the Year

Shine Award Hero of Hospitality

And here’s what we’re looking for in the other categories... Steps to Excellence Graduate of the Year

for New 201 4!

Apprentice of the Year

We are looking for someone who has really bought into the Orchid values and shown determination to grow within Orchid.

Social Media Business of the Year

Year of Sport Business of the Year

Divisional Director’s Outstanding Performance Awards

Sales Growth Business of the Year

Magnificent 7 Award

Best in Bloom Award

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Facebook Here are some top tips from our team to keep your Facebook page up to date!

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takes a while to get the momentum going but consistency is the key and it will take off!

#SteveLowe Haywain, St. Ives

The simple rules that we follow at the Haywain are to post a couple of status’ each day (one in the morning and one in the afternoon/evening), usually accompanied by a picture. We then also cover customer birthdays, silly events, etc. If we have absolutely nothing to say, we put up a weather update or just a general picture of our pub! We currently have over 300 followers so it must be working!!!

#ChrisHoad Red Lion, Oxford

I’ve found that one of the best ways to spread the word about our page is by running competitions that offer prizes like free drinks or pizzas. One of my Facebook competitions is ‘Guess the Minute when the First Goal will be Scored’ in any chosen EPL football game. I then like to attach a photo of an offer or something we're doing to the competition so the people who don't enter still see an advert. I’m a big fan of attaching links and photos to pretty much all updates as it offers greater opportunities for more people to see our page!

#NickMckernan

Spyglass Inn, Weymouth Our success with Facebook is posting at least once per day. We run a quiz every Monday and Friday and I post something called ‘TFI’ on Fridays - I have to come up with something different every week with the initials ‘TFI’, for example Tasty Fish Indeed, Treat Friends Inside and so on. We never post without pictures and 90% of those pictures are personal to the pub, not branded. It’s a struggle when you start and it

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Our New Website

IS LauNCHed! With all the excitement of this year’s activities, including investments and the prestigious Investors In People accreditation, it was time for us to showcase Orchid with a brand new website that is more people-focused and user-friendly than ever before! The site is now live at www.orchidgroup.co.uk Having used a mixture of JavaScript and a heavily customised installation of WordPress and PHP, the new content management system makes the site easier to use for internal staff and more accessible for the end user! This new site also fully integrates our social media streams including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, encouraging users to interact and post their images alongside those of the Orchid team. On the first day of launching the site, we recorded over 600 visits with the most popular pages being ‘Our Story’ and ‘Join Our Team’. There are many new features to the site including Rufus’ Blogs, Photo Libraries and the back catalogue of OMG! magazine. All of these items contribute. All of these items contribute to the success of the new and improved site. We are proud that our new website showcases Orchid in such a positive way. If you haven’t done so already, take a look!!!

Tracy Read

Tracy R ead, Head of Develop ment and Communic ations. “The new website better demonstrates Orchid’s core values and feels interactive, modern and personable. There’s a real sense of the Orchid

personality and family feel.”

Simon Dodd, Commercial & Peop le Director.

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“The idea was to amalgamate digital technologies with our website so we can talk to staff and customers freely and easily through the website. People can view our Facebook and Twitter feeds, follow the Blog, read about our latest news bulletins or flick through an issue of OMG! all at the touch of a button.”

“We wanted to remove any barriers to being an active member of the Orchid community – everyone is welcome and the new site’s technology makes it easy for everyone to

www.orchidgroup.co.uk

Visitors to the site can type their postcode in the search box to find our pubs within closest proximity to their location. They can even filter their search by their desired concept.

This smart and user-friendly new page provides easy access to our many social platforms thereby allowing greater communication to both our employees and customers.

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This new page provides site visitors the opportunity to browse current vacancies within the company and to also upload their CV.

Our new pubs and restaurants screen offers visitors to our site the chance to browse through our eight different concepts; Great British Carvery, Dragons, Free House Dining, Fuzzy Ed’s, Independent Local, Do Drop Inns, Oriental Restaurant Group and Pizza Kitchen Bars.

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bank holiday weekend! TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT OUR SITES WERE UP TO OVER THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND...

Oyster Catcher, Hull, Nicky & Amy

Toni (HR Ma nager) and her family

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Bucket & Spade, Weston-Super-Mare

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OMG! Recipe Time! Stilton, Asparagus and Red Onion Tarts Ingredients

Method

For the pastry:

To make the pastry:

• 400g of plain flour • 200g of unsalted butter, cold and diced • 2 eggs • Iced water • 1 tsp of milk • Pinch of Salt

For the filling: • 1 egg • 100ml of double cream • 1 tsp of chopped chives • 4 asparagus spears • 1/2 red onion • 115g Stilton, cut into 4 slices • Salt • Freshly ground black pepper • Olive oil

To serve:

COCKTAILS

• 40g of rocket • Olive oil • Balsamic vinegar

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• Sift the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and add the diced butter. • Rub the butter into the flour with your finger tips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. • Add 1 egg and mix well. Add some iced water, a spoonful at a time, just until the pastry comes together. Wrap the pastry in cling film and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before rolling out. • Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas mark 4. • Roll out the pastry to 4mm thickness. • Line two individual 10cm tart tins with the pastry, making sure the pastry goes right to the edge of the tins. • Cover the pastry with parchment paper & fill with dry rice. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes then remove the rice and parchment paper. • Whisk 1 egg with the milk and brush the egg wash over the tarts. Place back in the oven for 2 minutes or until golden brown. • Remove from the oven and turn the oven up to 190ºC/gas mark

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For the tart filling: • Slice and sauté the onion in a pan with a little olive oil for about 5 minutes. • Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk together with the double cream and chopped chives. Season with a little salt and pepper. • Lay the asparagus tips in the tarts and add the red onions. Carefully pour the egg mixture on top and place in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes, or until set. • Remove from the oven and place the Stilton slices on top of the tarts. Place back in the oven until the Stilton just melts. • Serve the tarts warm with some rocket drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

JAPANESE MOJITO

JERRY'S BEER

Ingredients

Ingredients

• 4 lime wedges • 6 sprigs of mint • 12.5 gomme syrup • 50ml of midori liqueur • Top with lemonade

• 1 shot of Sailor Jerry’s rum • Ginger Beer • 1 fresh Lime • Ice

Method

Method

• Fill a highball glass with

• Lime wedges, gomme syrup and mint muddled in the bottom of a sling glass. • Add crushed ice, pour 50ml midori over the top and stir with bar spoon. • Top with more crushed ice and lemonade then garnish with a lime wheel. Clare Jackson

Sawyers Arms, Manchester

ice. • Squeeze a slice of lime over the ice. • Add Sailor Jerry’s rum followed by the ginger beer. • Add a slice of lime on the rim of the glass for garnish. Really refreshing on these hot days we've had! Grey

Ainsworth Arms, Manchester


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SPORTS APP! THIS NEW APP OFFERS CUSTOMERS A UNIQUE GAMING TOOL FOR COMPETING BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER LIVE MATCHES.

BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS • The app can be played during live Barclays Premier League matches shown exclusively on Sky Sports, helping you keep increased numbers in the pub throughout the football season. • People play to score points before the match, during the match and after the match encouraging pub-goers to stay in your pub for a longer period of time! • It can be played between friends, increasing the opportunity for more people to come down to your pub for food and drinks! All you have to do is show the football and tell your customers to get involved! OMG OMG

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