Jacqui and Mike would like to say a big thank you to the pub team for their outstanding work this year, especially when they were away in New Zealand and Australia. It’s hard to leave your business for a long holiday and not worry and it certainly wouldn’t have been possible withouth the outstanding work of the team who went above and beyond.
Special thanks to Connor and Hannah. Friends of the Volly will know that they are taking a month out for a similar trip (and maybe they’ll say hello to Haydon who is in NZ until October!).
And it’s goodbye to Aled who is off to study Environmental Design at Falmouth University. Good luck Aled, you will be much missed at the Volly.
We’ve been flat out with our outside bar this summer.
Some local weddings, the Ottery St Mary Strongman Competition, Honiton Show where we provided the corporate bar. Coming up is the Ottery Carnival Family Fun Day
Coming up is the Ottery Carnival Family Fun Day – catch us there on August 27th and help raise funds for the Carnival Committee.
Over in Bicton, we’ve been running the bar for the Devon UK Mega 2017 Geocache Festival. Mike racked 22 barrels of five different beers! The bar went down so well that the Yorkshire committee asked Mike if he would consider travelling to Yorkshire for their event next year!
If you would like to discuss hiring the outside bar call Mike on 01404 814060.
Our regulars will know that Mike & Jacqui are disappearing to New Zealand on June 6th to catch up with Haydon. Have a great trip, folks!
While Charlotte will be cooking during the week, we have taken this opportunity to invite some fantastic local chefs to cook at the Volly. All three have worked at River Cottage and we’re sure you’ll love their cooking.
Congratulations to Charlotte and Gemma who have finished their NVQs.
Charlotte is going on to her next NVQ for her role as Commis Chef; this 13-month course is more detailed and she will need to show an external examiner her knowledge of various aspects of cooking including cuts of meat and types of fish.
We are currently checking out another course for Gemma, this is likely to be a Sommelier course.
Hannah has already passed the first part of her accountancy training and is working hard on the next part.
Well done to all our talented staff for their commitment to ongoing training.
We are now serving up the beers for Season 1 this year.
Three beers will be popping up at the Volly:
Hop in the Dock: brewed by Adam Lumb. An English ale, amber in colour, brewed 50/50 from two classic malts – Maris Otter Pale and Cornish Gold. Flavours of cherry, pine, vanilla and peach, we’re told!
Divine Inspiration: a collaboration between the Bath Ales and St Austell brewing teams. A session pale ale to challenge your taste buds, brewed using Columbus, Chinook, Rakau and 7270 hops to give fruit and pine flavours.
The Fifth Amendment; brewed by Bryan Day, this is a distinct amber-coloured American style ale using Maris Otter, Crystal and Oat malts combined with American hops and yeast. Tastes of malt biscuit and blackcurrant lead through to orange, citrus and tropical fruits.
Enjoy the new season and let us know what you think of the latest batch!
We hope everyone has been enjoying the Small Batch Brews from St Austell Brewery. We think they must be having fun making up the names – Raisins to be Cheerful being one of our faves.
They have been a real mix of seasonal flavours, Christmas ales, pale ales, festival favourites, tastes from the South West and overseas, including Slovenia and Australia.
1972 celebrated Trade Quality Brewer Mervyn Westaway, who has been with the brewery for nearly 45 years. Fruity red ale Ruby Jack was brewed in honour of C19th World heavyweight boxing champion from Helston, Bob Fitzsimmons, known as Ruby Robert.
The good news is that the brewery will be releasing small amounts of the Season Three brews prior to the launch of Season Four. So if you had any particular favourites, look out for them when you visit. All available on draught.
We’re delighted to announce that Hannah has passed her first accountancy exams.
Hannah took over the book-keeping for the pub last year. She is currently training for an AAT (Association of Accountancy Technicians) Level 2 Accountancy & Bookkeeping with Accountancy Learning in Southernhay.
Hannah now has four more exams to take before qualifying. She can choose to take them when she’s ready.
Well done Hannah, and good luck with the next exam!