Hello there! Welcome to our brand spanking, sparkly new blog, a weekly(ish!) round-up of all the goings on here at the QUARTER, and my goodness is there a lot going on! We hope to give you a more in-depth glimpse into life behind the scenes of one of the busiest little boltholes in town.
So much has happened in the last week, I’m not sure where to even begin, but here goes…
“Celebrate good times, come on!”
It seems we are in constant celebration mode here at the QUARTER (which can never be a bad thing), with so many of you wonderful customers choosing to hold your events with us. In just one week, we had the privilege of hosting 2 baby showers, a 21st, a 30th, a 50th, and a 70th birthday party, a leaving party, a farewell dinner for a young lady moving away to dance school, a hen party and an engagement party! Some were larger gatherings, others more intimate, but whatever your need, we can cater for all, young or old(er!), moving away or staying put, getting married, having babies, retiring, or you just want a blooming good knees-up – who needs a reason?!
“Get the party started…on a Thursday night!”
Weekends begin on a Thursday here because, well, why the heck not? Our live music acts get the party well and truly started and last week, our very popular Tapas Night was accompanied by the Grammy nominated (no less!) Ray Butcher on his trumpet, getting everyone in the mood for the weekend. Friday night saw Chris Rawlinson get the crowd dancing (not quite on the tables but close – too much delicious food about for that!), while Saturday’s customers were wowed by the amazing vocals of the very talented Katie Barlow. Check out who’s playing next week and get booked in – what are you waiting for? @katiebarlowmusic @chrisrawlinsonsings
Saturday saw us caught in full swing as we welcomed David from Lifoto Photography to the restaurant. He took images of an afternoon tea taking place upstairs in the Garden Room and also managed to capture the wonderful atmosphere downstairs as Rebecca Louise accompanied our lunchtime guests on the piano. He then ventured into the kitchen to snap some mouth-watering images of some of the tasty dishes for us to use in showcasing our menu. @lifotophotography @rebeccalouisemusic
“With a little help from our friends”
We have been doing our bit for charity this week in numerous ways. We are currently supporting the Dougie Mac Bring a Pound Day in conjunction with Signal 1’s Drive Time presenter Dan Kelly. Imagine how much could be raised if everyone contributed just one pound to this fantastic cause! If you wish to contribute, just order Dirty Dan’s Nachos and £1 from every order will go to the charity and we will match the donation too! What better way to get involved – and you get some yummy nachos out of it to boot! Follow the link to watch Dirty Dan himself test drive the dish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BDPsIbrSqY&feature=youtu.be
Other charitable donations this week have included: Coffee and Cake vouchers to Sian Foster’s Macmillan Coffee Morning; vouchers to Kat Boon at Potboiler Theatre Company to help raise vital funds for their upcoming show ‘Stoke, a Love Story’; a meal voucher to Emery’s Timber and Builders Merchants to help charities supported by the annual Pavestone Rally – Reims to Lake Como. We have loved seeing their journey on this exciting expedition!
@signal1official @imdankelly @dougiemachospice @potboilertheatre @emerysbuildersmerchants @sianjfoster @alphonso_mango97
And to top off a great week, we had a lovely message from our lovely customer Alfie Parsons, who recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro! We held a fundraiser to help him on his way and he wanted to let us know how he got on:
“Hi everyone at The Quarter
Since me and my dad started coming in for coffee and cake on weekends the staff have always been really friendly and provide and awesome service. I love the Quarter’s atmosphere.
It was a big honour for my self to have played with my band and really grateful you helped my fundraising to climb mount Kilimanjaro.
In total I’ve raised nearly £2500 for Mind.
On 8th september at around 10:00 I managed to make it to the summit of Mt Kilimnajaro. I pushed my self to most physical and mental capabilities.
I collapsed at around 5400 meters due to altitude sickness and exhaustion but managed to make it to the the summit at 5895 meters above sea level.
Thank you so much for you support in my cause!!”
How amazing is that?
“We are Family!”
Last weekend, Family QUARTER took a trip to Spode to support the British Ceramics Biennial, an event running from 7th September to 13th October to celebrate contemporary ceramics and bring together artists from around the world in the heart of the UK ceramics industry. We had loads of fun experimenting with clay and various pottery techniques. We also dropped in to see the DUST Rising 19 Exhibition, a collection of contemporary visual art currently resident in the old Meadows Building within Spode. We are very excited about visiting the AirSpace Gallery and the Potteries Museum as the event continues. Check out the website to see what else is going on – https://www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/ – and pop in for lunch if you’re nearby!
“Take a Chance on…Us!”
So what is coming up for us here at the QUARTER? Well, lots of exciting new product developments are in the pipeline. We recently met up with our drinks rep Jane at LWC to have a look at what yummy products we think you might like for the new autumn season, so look out for new gins, spirits, beers and cocktails coming soon! And of course it’s never too early to be thinking about Christmas! Bookings are coming in left, right and centre, so get booked in quickly for your Christmas parties or get-togethers and get that very important job ticked off your to-do list!
Also coming up very soon for all you vegans out there (and, of course, anyone else!) is the introduction of new, stand-alone vegan menus, both for daytime and evening diners. We met up with Rob, our designer, to produce a specially designed menu with vegan-friendly dishes using our home-cooked recipes and products. Look out for the launch next week! We have also developed our ever popular Thursday night tapas menu to include even more dishes for you to enjoy. How are you ever going to choose?!
“That’s All Folks!”
Well, that’s all the news for this week, folks. All of us here at the QUARTER wish you a very happy week ahead and hope to see you very soon. Whether it be a quick coffee, or a three course meal, pop in and say hello! We always love to see you x