I don’t remember the exact date that Kate told me she had decided to close The Nook, though I do remember it was a Wednesday. We sat in the front room at the end of a normal working day and she said ‘there’s no easy way to say this but……..’
I could totally understand her reasons of wanting to spend more time with her small children, I had been in a similar position about 12 years ago.
My first reaction was to rent the café from her until she explained she wanted the building turned back into a family home. Again I understood.
From that day I looked at every possibility for my future. I scoured the job sites, looked at vacant retail properties and even emailed a local, empty B&B with an offer of rent. I was offered a job in a local pub so handed in my notice and, at that point, all the staff were told and then the public.
When the news finally hit Facebook I was surprised to be approached by a local café with an offer of running their newly extended kitchen, which hadn’t, as yet, been installed! It was a good offer, actually a brilliant offer, so I accepted it.
And so begins a new chapter for me.
As of June 1st 2016 I take on my new role as Head Chef at The Evergreen Art Café in Daventry.
More of that to come but for now I say a fond farewell to The Nook, Kate and all the staff I have worked with over the past 20 months. It has been a challenge, a great learning experience and a lovely ‘family’ to belong to.
|Staff from The Nook On The Square, Dunchurch, Rugby|