A Life in The Day of Peter Linacre
October 3, 2016
We are an early rising household!
Our daughter is back with us post university and leaves the house at 6.30 to get to school by 7.15 – she is in her second year of teaching. So we get up at 6am in support. Dog is walked, papers are fetched from the newsagent and read, radio & breakfast dealt with by 7ish and then usually at office in New Malden, above our GlassHouse pub, by 7.30. In the summer I like to wake earlier and head off for a morning cycle ride round Richmond Park. I want to become a better rider and whilst not at all competitive! I am so much slower than my wife who does not partake in any of the nerdy bike banter that goes on in the rest of the family – but is very good going up steep hills, like Mt Ventoux where we go every May. Sometimes early mornings are the best time to meet up with the amazing ‘Cubans’ – our maintenance guys to check out on an overnight redecoration or piece of maintenance at one of our sites. They are actually from Cuba but long settled in the UK. I might catch up for an hour or two in the office but am usually out and about just after 9 am.
I like to visit our sites and catch up with managers and chefs on pretty much a daily basis. I’m an obsessive walker round our pubs. Picking up litter, checking menu boards, light bulbs, looking at gardens. The farmer’s footprint is the best manure etc. We have allotments at two of our sites and so in season this is a great way to spend a few hours planning, planting, weeding et al. Courgettes or zucchini are my absolute planting favourite. At The Charles Holden, Robert, our chef, is a keen gardener too and here we use our produce throughout the year. Planning this year’s crop at the moment.
I spend a lot of time driving to and from our sites and this is a great time to catch up with phone calls (always hands free) and to listen to the radio. I’m addicted to BBC Radio 4 and in recent times Radio 6. I often drive home to The Archers.
We have regular accounts meetings and planning sessions in the office with our wonderful band of Site Managers. We have a small but perfectly formed brilliant team of accounts, commercial, food and audit. We are in constant contact with each other to ensure we all sing from the same hymn sheet. Driving the business on to be better is our daily mantra.
Given the opportunity I would have lunch every day at one of our sites or tasting new ideas in other pubs and restaurants. Tasting new wines is a particular task – and one of my favourites. My great delight is to enter one of our pubs to find manager and chef tasting a new dish – I am a happy joiner in.
I’ll get back to the office sometime later in the day and will prepare for a wine event or Wine Appreciation evening at The GlassHouse. This has become a major part of our offer at The GlassHouse and in 2016 we will host our 7th overseas trip for a group of 30 wine enthusiasts – this year to Piedmonte in Italy.
In our pubs we have regular evening events; wine dinners and tastings, film and beer nights. I really enjoy them all and meeting customers is a particular favourite.