Hello, it’s Peter the General Manager at Galvin at Windows. I just wanted to drop you all a little note to let you know how much the team and I are missing you and we cannot wait to be back with you all.
I cannot believe it has been one year since I started my role as the new General Manager at Galvin at Windows and 10 Degrees bar, and what a year it has been! When I started in my new role, I was truly blown away by how welcome I was made to feel from all of you and the wider Galvin family. I can still remember my first dinner shift last February. Working the floor and getting the chance to meet so many regulars was just the best. For me, the most important thing about being a successful General Manager is that warm, genuine feeling I get when on the floor, and I honestly felt so at home from day one.
Of course, the past year has been one of the most challenging for all of us. During the lockdown the team and I have been staying in regular contact via Zoom just to stay connected. Last week, our bar Manager Tomas arranged a little cocktail session, where we all had to present a cocktail of our choice. Needless to say, some of the team presented some very creative drinks, maybe we will showcase one of the winning cocktails on our list when we reopen – watch this space! An interactive session like this was just so fun and exactly what we all needed.
Our Head Chef Marc is keeping himself busy developing new menu concepts and is coming up with some amazing dishes for you all to try. Rudina, who is not only our amazing head sommelier at Galvin at Windows but a quizmaster on our weekly quiz, will have some exciting wines for you to try when are back. We will also be announcing our next wine dinner as soon as we have our opening date confirmed, we hope to see many of you there as always.
I have been trying to stay engaged with our wider industry and, a couple of weeks ago, I was honoured to speak at the online Chef’s Forum alongside Chris Galvin. It was great staying in touch and sharing our challenges and solutions. I also presented a talk to the hospitality students at Thameside College, who will be coming to do some work experience when we are back to normal. Personally, I have been shifting my skills to home schooling my niece and nephew, Jonny and Tallulah. Am sure many of you know the challenge of this!
The most important thing we have been up to however, is planning our return and doing what we live every day to do, creating the magical experiences for our guests. We have some exciting plans and ideas and we really cannot wait to see you all to raise a glass of champagne, as we overlook the Queens garden.
Sending you all our love, stay safe and we will be seeing you soon.