Monday, 16 December 2013

Festive Cheer

The Christmas rush began in October for Outdoor Leisure this year and is well and truly in full swing now that December is here! Our Christmas shop has been a great success and 2013 has been a fantastic year for us; the hot weather generated incredible sales, new business alliances resulted in fabulous new furniture ranges and we have welcomed new staff- Sales Assistant ,Charlie, and even former staff back- myself, after my world travels, so the Christmas "work do" was a great opportunity to get the whole Outdoor Leisure team together and celebrate the business' success!

The Outdoor Leisure Team
Our team of seven (minus our IT whizz, Luke, who was unfortunately unable to attend) were wined and dined by our lovely CEOs Mark Hulstrom and Holly O'Toole at the seaside town's finest restaurant, Franco's. For starters we enjoyed delectable soft-shell crab, succulent sweet breads in Marsala sauce, juicy calamari fritti with chili salsa and devilled whitebait deep fried with a dusting of cayenne. And if your mouth is not yet watering enough, here's a taster of what we devoured for the main course: king prawn and lobster risotto; grilled hand-cut 24 oz T-bone steak; tender oven-roasted rack of lamb with root vegetables, creamed potatoes & red onion sauce; and pan roasted loin of venison with Marsala & dark chocolate sauce. All of this was washed down with some superb champagne- courtesy of Mark. 

Franco's king prawn and lobster risotto
The food was exquisite, the service fantastic and the company fabulous...even if we were all a little over-excited and noisy  (ahem Dave) after all the bubbles and present exchanges!

Following our meal we continued our festive celebrations at the Ocean Bar, where we all, as Holly said, "cut some shapes!"

So our Christmas 2013 work do was a great success and the Outdoor Leisure team would like to voice our gratitude to both the staff at Franco's Italian Restaurant and our generous bosses, Mark and Holly!

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-Written by Beau Robinson

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