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The Pot Kiln Diary

7.00 Monday 16 Sept 19  - As dawn broke and after nearly nine months closed for renovations, Mrs Pot Kiln turned the key to her new life and the opening of her Pot Kiln Country Inn - well not quite a Country Inn as the builders had fallen behind and her ten new guest rooms were not finished. Nevertheless, the show had to go on and it was time to turn on the pumps, fire up the new kitchen stoves and start recouping her three hundred thousand smackers of fitting out costs and make a return for King Yattendon on his nine hundred thousand gold bars of investment for building costs. What could go wrong - the sun was rising above Copse Rise, the breeze was blowing whispers through the bushes and just the rooms remained to be finished - "Won't be long me duck." said Mr Jack Hammer of Build & Bust Builders. 

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11.00 Monday 16 Sep 19 The gardens were empty, the barrels were full and the sky, though blue, was smiling warmly. Mrs Pot Kiln waited and waited for the crunch of footsteps on the gravel and hankered for cries of “two Venison Scotch Eggs and another Pint of Brick my dear”. Still, Mrs Pot Kiln waited and waited . . . 

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11.30 Monday 16 Sep - Shadows of silence filled the empty gardens and beer barrels were bursting and still Mrs Pot Kiln waited and waited. All she could hear was the Sound of Muntjac in the distance barking with glee at being free from the pot. Where was the cast of hungry and thirsty walkers and why were the rooms not alive with the sound of drills? Mrs Pot Kiln sighed a sigh while humming her own rendition of Pete Seeger's . . . Where have all the builders gone, long time passing?

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12.00 Monday 16 Sep 19 - The clock struck twelve and a primitive cry of 'service' resounded from the empty bar. Who should emerge from central casting but good old Charlie Staircase gasping for a Pint of Brick. As the day unhatched, Scotch Egg orders were laid at the bar and the phones began to ring and the woods came alive with the sound of tills . . . what could go wrong?

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26 September 2019 - Within the month the car parks began to fill with the wheels of Mrs Pot Kiln's loyal and much missed customers. The tills were singing and mid month Mr Pot KIln's dear friend, Raymond of Manoir Records and The Pot Kiln Club Chairman, jumped on the stage and joined the Pot Kiln Kitchen cast for a sell-out meet and greet Club Dinner. So successful was the night that Mrs Pot Kiln was beaming and chocolate eclaired: "It's time to re-open Club Membership in the next year."  The bar was brimming, bookings booming, customers complimenting, club members musing and so all was well on Planet Pot Kiln - or was it?

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October 2019 - The Pot Kiln new dining room now fully open to roars of great acclaim by returning customers but now it was time to deliver the goods and get the tables turning and the kitchen grill glowing. What could go wrong - the phone lines were jammed and glasses over-flowing with spirits of high hope but still Mrs Pot Kiln couldn't get that tune out of her head . . . Where have all the builders gone long time ago? Where have all the builders gone? Rooms are empty, every one.

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November 2019 - The reservations book began to fill as regular and new customers put the new menu to the test. Alas the new Head Chef was forced to quit under pressure from business and family matters. The search went out to find an understudy. Mercifully, the Pot Kiln's former Head Chef, Wolf, returned after a run of productions at several Michelin Star theatres, and in a bite, he took up his old apron. A revival production of the old Pot Kiln Menu opened to loud applause with Wolf belting out a star performance of generous plates of old Pot Kiln standards including: Pigeon & Bacon Ballads, Pave Steak Solos and Slow Roast Fallow Duets. The phone lines were glowing and the box office selling out of weekend matinee and evening tickets. All was well again but was it? That snagging tune was still in Mrs Pot KIln's head . . . Where have all the builders gone? Gone for breaks every one. When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?

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December 2019 - The festive season opened with business at a ten-year high but premature sighs of tidings and joy and 'Ho Ho Ho' gave way to groans of 'Oh No No' when frosty news broke that the builders had gone broke and taken a permanent break at Hotel Official Receiver. Mr & Mrs Pot Kiln saw a busy Christmas pass with the guest rooms and landscaping unfinished and the realisation that sales were vanity and profits sanity and on Planet Pot Kiln, profit means open guest rooms. Mrs Pot Kiln began to sing out  . . Where have all the builders gone? Taken breaks every one. When will I ever learn? When will I ever learn?

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20 January 2020 - To Mrs Pot Kiln's amazement January went on record with business 35% ahead of the last January of trading and the best in five years. With all the jeopardy and kerfuffle now in the past and the rooms finally opening from Friday 7th Feb 20, last week seemed the right time for Mr Pot Kiln to have a one night stand in Paris to celebrate Mrs Pot KIln's birthday and check out the competition with a dinner at the opulent La Couple Brasserie Est.1927. As if the gods were watching, and on the day they got back, a lucrative venue hire contract was signed for a private event for two hundred guests in June and without any promotion, a dozen room bookings came in for this February. Let's hope that the gods are now on side and that trickster Pandora has gone to cause mischief elsewhere?  It's time to spread the love and teach the world to sing that the Pot Kiln's Rooms are now the thing!

An original script for Rocky Productions where Mr Pot Kiln was played by Rocky Rockliff and Mrs Pot Kiln by Katie Robinson 

Club Members Corner

With about three hundred existing Club Members and two hundred on our waiting list we have decided to re-open applications to the Club and so generate some further Crowd Feeding - please see the club website below for the new membership offer which for £100 includes a four course joining dinner for two with aperitifs, £50 Gift Voucher, advance notice and first refusal to club events, Club Rate reductions of ten percent on Venue Hire and Guest Room bookings. A full programme of events will be published when all our rooms have been finished.

See www.potkiln.club website for further Membership information.

Valentine Day Room Flash

Rooms open Friday 7th Feb 20 and so why not get your heart in the door and don't just hug your Kicky Wicky there at home but spend your manly marrow in her arms here at The Pot Kiln where love, being sometimes lost, might be ten times found. Away with it and to the Pot Kiln do come!
 







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