How does one go about a complete refurbishment in 10 days?!
Well a second blog, with even more excitement in the air, and still dust and paint fumes!
When we bought the Inn in 2001, we closed and had no money, so had no choice but to re-open in 10 days! So it seemed only right that we closed for another 10 days – 15 years on.
Back in our first days at the Inn, friends and family descended on the pub with sleeping bags and paint brushes in hand and my wonderful Ma was actually the first person to cook in the kitchen under our ownership, creating feasts to fuel the helpers.
15 years later, despite friends offering a helping hand, we now have a brilliant team led by Rob. Rob is a quite brilliant chef by trade but lends his hand to anything practical.
Rob looking a bit dustier than he does when he is in the kitchen and assures me that the grey hairs are just dust covered! It is still a case of all hands on deck and our great team have come up trumps! Waiters have suddenly discovered they are brilliant painters and kitchen porters have put their hand to carpentry – all under Rob’s watchful eye!
We have found a fantastic decorator, Andy, who has whipped through the place this week – with speed and precision. Oh and Farrow and Ball have become my new best friends!
But Sarah is the person who has been my greatest inspiration, who whilst sitting in a hospital bed, and I was having a panic about not knowing where to start, told me I really didn’t need an interior designer and I could do it myself. And then went on to help me choose paint colours, fabrics and focussed me on a foody theme throughout and gave me total confidence in my vision. Who needs an interior designer when you have such a talented mate as mine?!
Anthony and I had great fun gathering cutlery, crockery and various bits and bobs from antique centres all around Oxfordshire. It was great fun and I don’t think that we had one disagreement on these shopping trips other than that I couldn’t leave the little flour boy behind!
There is still dust and paint fumes in the air, but it is all coming together. The floor is going down and new lights are going up. And dare I say it, but is all going smoothly and according to plan and Anthony and I cannot wait for the big reveal on Thursday night!
P. S. Would highly recommend Andy, anyone looking for a decorator – you can contact him on 07833 313640