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.
Business was steady to brisk at the second Christmas Plumstead Community Market, and the Art Plumstead stall had its fair share of customers.
The newly cleaned Art Plumstead cloth, having been purged of the post-competition residues of the Pickle Festival was (mostly) sparkling clean and set off the wares to good effect. A range of festive wreaths in two sizes to suit all tastes occupied one of the side tables and attracted buyers from the outset.
We were selling right up to the end of the market and as a result will face 2015 with a healthy balance to finance our activities in the New Year. We will be repeating the ideas we know are popular and successful, giving a new spin on others, and trying out some completely new ones. Come along to find out what we are doing and to be part of the Plumstead creative vibe!
Now you know where the title of this blog came from!
Those who play together, stay together. Our final event of the year was a meal in the Apni Haveli, a recently opened Punjabi restaurant in the former Woodman pub. The photographs were got out of the way early on to avoid anyone being caught with sag in their teeth. Besides which, it is a bit naff to take snaps in a restaurant, it looks like you never go out.
We are having a big tea
Business has been brisk since the restaurant opened, but we were able to book a table for 14 in advance. Staffing ratios have improved as the owners have adapted their business knowledge to the challenges and opportunities of running a restaurant. Service was a bit slow, but it allowed everyone who attended to socialise in a convivial atmosphere. With a few extras that A.P.s had provided, like Christmas crackers, Karen’s homemade biscuits and the obligatory After Eights, the scene was set for a perfect celebration of what we have achieved so far, without funding and without stressing about informing the ‘right’ people. The price is about average for a curry house. The food is fresh, with ginger adding a certain piquance to several dishes. The Lamb Sag had us guessing the ‘mystery’ ingredient, apparently butter (not ghee, but Anchor) was responsible for the creamy taste. Light levels are decent, so at least we could see what we were eating, unlike the Stygian gloom that is encountered in some Indian restuarants.
View from the other end of the table
After we had digested our meal, we took a gentle stroll along the common, to The Old Mill where a pint or two was consumed by the stalwarts. It seemed that no sooner had we sat down, than Andy was ringing the bell for last orders – we had stayed in the restaurant, chatting and mingling for over 3 1/2 hours! It was a really enjoyable, relaxed evening with no-one feeling left out. Here, we discussed future plans as we looked forward to our next projects in 2013.
This is what Erik had to eat