Our Ellie was whisked away today for a well deserved break with the parents. This left me with what we call an AFD shift (that is an All F*cking Day shift for those who haven’t worked one).
Now no shifts are particularly long these days but hey they can be tough. Today was a tough gig, for at least 2 hours I was actually running between tables (yeah I can run, go figure).
Mostly a normal crowd but managed in my own hopeless manner. So I let the tables out in the wrong order, I let outside get busier than I should have and I generally made my own life harder.
At four I was hating on the world, I was tired and didn’t want another 6 hours. I walked into the cellar and actually didn’t want to come out. This is the thing people don’t see, they don’t see how tortuous this is for their pub crew, how much we hate it. As much as we are all struggling the burden on those of us who do this for love is a heavy one.
But this is where the Plough does its thing, our thing, this is when you know you and your pub are one. Unless you are team Plough you will never know how it feels when this grand old lady works with you. This is how I got through the first year, I was never on my own really because the Plough was on my side.
We actually had the busiest Friday in months, I could never have sat down and said one person could have done that. Now the Plough loves being busy but she also knows how far to push. So we got through wave after wave and we did it, together, and that is one of so many reasons that I truly love this old lady.
When I was running between tables they were good people and worked with me. When I was seven drinks deep on the bar nobody questioned the order of service, a move that could have proved fatal, everyone waited and accepted where we were.
When the lunatic drunk fell through the front door we were in a quiet spell and, after much discussion, she actually thanked me for refusing her and sending her home.
Anyone that is responsible for a pub (own is a strong word) will tell you that the building has more soul than many of the customers. Yeah we have some things to work out, hell the builders are killing me right now, but we are in this together and its a top pairing.
Over five years of looking after this old lady and I am not just proud of where we are but proud of the relationship that all of team Plough have with her.