Garry Hall – One of our “Village People” – The Kitchen.
Interviewer: Your Business Name:
Interviewer: Remembering the other “Village People” disco band of 1980s which one were you? (Which costume did you see yourself in?)
Interviewer: Where about in the villages (Wraysbury & Horton) do you live?
Garry: The Embankment, Wraysbury
Interviewer: How long have you lived in the village?
Garry: 17 years
Interviewer: Who do you live with (partner/children/parents/pets/plants etc)?
Interviewer: What was the first record (single,LP,tape or CD) you bought?
Garry: Oh those “punky” days “….. the album “Never mind the B******s” by the Sex pistols.
Interviewer: When did you start this business?
Garry: We opened the kitchen in Wraysbury in March 2022 in the High Street.
Interviewer: What inspired you to do this?
Garry: Myself and Nicky have a huge interest in food, this inevitably pushed us into part time catering at sporting events at Twickenham rugby ground for international days. We have also catered for many parties, dinner parties and other occasions over the years in our spare time. Our dream was to have a premises that we could be proud of and serve great food to the public. Our only stipulation was that it had to be in Wraysbury. And here we are!
Interviewer: Please explain exactly what The Kitchen offers:
Garry: We open from 7.30am until 4.00pm in the week and 8.00am until 2.00pm on Saturdays….Sunday we rest.
We offer all day breakfasts, fantastic sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls, scotch eggs and other treats from our hot counter. And don’t forget all our homemade cakes and pastries. Our coffee is fantastic and you will always get a warm welcome from the team.
Interviewer: Describe your typical day, from the time you wake up, to the time you typically get to bed.
Garry: A typical day starts at 6.00am in the Kitchen, all the salads and sandwich ingredients prepared, sausage rolls and Scotch eggs are made, we always offer a vegetarian Frittata which is also prepared. We open at 7.30am sharp and don’t stop until the doors close and we have cleaned the kitchen and main room ready for the next day.
Nicky will shop for supplies to fill the fridges and freezers for the next day, then she’s home to make the cakes with our daughter Nelli.
We snatch an hours TV and then hit the sack at 10.00pm !
Interviewer: Where would your dream holiday be?
Garry: We spent our Honeymoon in Thailand and returned a few years later, we would love to take the kids back there so that they can enjoy the food, culture and beautiful place that it is.
Interviewer: Presumably this achievement wasn’t all plain sailing, what was the low point?
Garry: We didn’t really have a low point, the frantic three months that we refurbished the cafe was daunting, but we had some fantastic people behind us, builders, designers, and great friends willing to work late nights to get us open.
After opening we had some stressful times as we had never ran a cafe and it was a steep learning curve, we had some tears at times and bad health due to sheer exhaustion and long days.
Interviewer: …and the high point?
Garry: We are now in good place, happy and proud of what we have achieved and the wonderful people we have met along the way, our customers are all lovely !
Interviewer: What motivates you to keep going?
Interviewer: Do you have a goal in sight?
Garry: We have a few goals in sight :
Constant Improvement of our service and food “never stand still, keep moving forward”
To open for dinner in the evenings occasionally, we offer occasional small parties for early evening dinner now. Give us a call if you’re interested.
Interviewer: How important do you think it is that you are based in Wraysbury village, has that affected your success?
Garry: We would only ever have opened in Wraysbury as we love our village, we looked at a few other possible sites over the years, however when we had the opportunity to move into the middle of the high street we knew it was right for us. We owe a lot of our success to the people of Wraysbury that frequently support us. A typical day in the cafe would be all tables filled with local people chatting across the tables, its magical to us.
Interviewer: Do you have a message for your neighbours, friends and the wider local community?
Interviewer:If you were an animal, what would you like to be & why?