25 October 2011 FINAL Issue #252 Dear Club Member This is probably our final e-newsletter as the Directors of Pepper & Oz, The Brasserie.
October downturn swamps us.... Due to a sudden and unexpected downturn in custom since the end of September (35% below last year each week in October) we have decided to close. The legals are on our home page here. Also in this final edition
the October winner of the Bollinger Wedding snaps The highs and lows...
Highs and lows over 4.6 years... In February 2007 we purchased the business and set about a 4 week transformation of the restuarant - having never operated one before there were a few teething troubles... The builders left the premises at 6pm on the pre-opening night 30 March 2007, which was sold out - we had to go home and change and start full service at 6:30pm Remember that! The former frontage
The Winner of the October competition is... Sheila B from Malvern - well done - we'll be delivering the bubbly to you soon.
Planning Farce If you were in Malvern in 2007 or early 2008 you probably remember the most cost effective marketing campaign ever! For the price of two planning applications we had constant press coverage, a 2,500 signature petition and BBC TV coverage. RHS judges dine under the 'heinous brolly' during the 2007 Spring Show!
Oh what was it about? See here
We even created a cocktail 'Purple Farce' in honour of the event and the term 'planning farce' for us is still no.1 on Google - click here
Chefs Matt Foley 2011Salvatore Zero 2010-2011 Kevin Ratcliffe 2007- 2010 To whom we are most grateful..
Our hope that the proposed Morgan Statue would boost trade didn't come to fruition in time - but we're pleased to see that the recent 'Autumn Charity Ball' in aid of the project raised over £11,000!
Thanks to Claire & the team A big word of thanks to Claire who has been our support, referee and manager for over three and a half years. Also to the part time team Kirsty, Hannah, Charlotte and Amy - and to the backroom boys Chris and Sam who have supported Matt in the kitchen, we wish each of you every future success
Weddings We have seen many couples wed and some return with their previous and/or subsequent children too!
Wine We started our Pepper & Oz journey knowing very little about wine, except that we couldn't cope with much of it hence wine by the glass. We have now tasted hundreds of wines and hope that you too have discovered some new flavours with us. Seyval Blanc grapes at Coddington Vineyard last autumn
We recommend Majestic Wines Worcester who since June have supplied most of our stock
TripAdvisor No other Worcestershire restaurant has so many excellent ratings! Of course we (Pete) wasn't always perfect! A few howlers from the world's leading travel review web site...
Room for improvement?
and the ugly, (baby kicking incident)
Finally if you know of any opportunities for our skills... please let us know
____________________________________________________________________________ We thank you for all your custom, support and the 'joie de vivre' which has made our tenure so enjoyable -
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