We did it!! With some major grafting from the team and help from VYC friends, we managed to get the refurb done in time for Saturday’s opening. It was a busy weekend all round with the 6 Nations rugby and a 60th birthday party on Sunday. For the first time in 2019 it was great to see the place back to its usual bustling self, with beers flowing and food flying out the kitchen. To the untrained eye of the not so regulars at the club, the whole revamp may not seem so remarkable as let’s face it, who really pays that much attention to the flooring of a toilet or ever catches a glimpse behind the scenes in the kitchen. However, you only need to ask Vicky and our chef Eleni who spend a vast amount of time in the kitchen, about how much more workable and easy to use the new layout is. The handmade by Ruairi larder store with easy access to every herb, spice and condiment you could ever need is especially appreciated (saving that thought for our upcoming ‘a Taste of China’ evening…yum)
The flooring of the inside bar had tentatively been ripped up, with some reservation that it might have needed relaying. It turned out however to expose a perfectly tiled floor that neither Ruairi nor Vicky could remember the reasoning behind covering up in the first place….BONUS! With a scrub and a polish the tiles were gleaming, combined with the new lick of paint on the inside walls the whole area is lighter and brighter. Not only this, but the smaller touches like new cushion covers and updated notice board/post area have enhanced the place… the changes are subtle, but essential to the fresher feel.
Now that chapter is finished its business as usual for everyone at the club. The guys are throwing themselves back into the work down at the yard, with the sun shining more often lately and the weather feeling a little (I may have spoken too soon here) spring like, the gloves and woolly hats are slowly coming off and there’s serious threat of pasty white winterised legs making an appearance soon….watch this space.