It can be fairly said after three years that it is an Art Plumstead tradition that we go for a Christmas Meal at a local venue. This year, as Andy had been advertising home cooked food, we chose The Old Mill.
Some of us did wonder if it would be possible to all sit together, but the space was more accommodating than we had realised and there was ample room for everyone. Nor was it odd to be dining en masse in the pub. We did our thing and everyone else did theirs. Starters and desserts were available for anyone who wanted them, but frankly there was no need. The main meal – most people chose turkey with all the trimmings – came on a generously filled square plate, which was more than enough to keep the nadgers at bay. It was well cooked and arranged nicely on the plate.
A few new faces showed up and plenty of familiar ones. It was a relaxed, pleasant evening, with people moving around to chat after they had eaten. We may have indulged in a little ‘shop talk’ about next year’s projects, but the emphasis was, quite rightly, on relaxation and enjoyment.