December is a big month for Flesh & Flour. Not just for the obvious reason that it is Christmas but it also marks our first birthday.  It feels like quite an achievement. The media loves to throw around the stat that 90% of restaurants fail in their first year, its actually closer to 60%.  Anyway less of the doom and gloom, we made it!

It’s been a real journey and one that we feel is only just beginning.  We couldn’t have done it without our staff, suppliers and most of all our wonderful customers.

Our staff – what a team.  Recruiting is tough, it’s a leap of faith on both parts but we feel fortunate to have our original team still intact. Grace, Lauren, Tom and Matt all started on day one, none of us really sure what was to come but people flooded in and they have been working their socks off ever since.

the-londonshire-1Our suppliers – we spent months scouring the country, sourcing the finest British produce.  It was a very enjoyable few months, a foodie road trip round the British isles.  Meeting Karen and David at Capreolus was fabulous and we simply have to mention Phil and Keith of Wildes Cheese ‘The Urban Cheesemaker’. They have been so supportive and wonderful to work with.  We have so many great suppliers, many of whom have a unique story behind them and one that we will share in future blog posts.

shopperOur customers – the regulars who have been there from day one, the new ones who have only just discovered us and the ones that our queueing outside the door on a Tuesday morning for their coffee fix (you know who you are).  Muswell Hill has a unique community and some customers now feel part of our team.  Our branding, website and the current art installation are all from people we have met in Muswell Hill.  We thank you for your continued support.

Finally we have to mention Lewis, the man in the checked shirt, Mr Flesh & Flour.  He managed to get his dream from paper to reality and the first year simply wouldn’t have happened without all his hard work and determination.  He’s going to kill me for putting this in but he deserves a big shout out.

We would like to thank everyone who has been part of the journey so far.  We will be celebrating in store on Sunday 11th December 2.30 – 4.30 with a few glasses of mulled wine and mince pies.   Please do come along and raise a glass with us.

The blog has been on the to do list since day one but some how has never made it to the top until now.  Watch this space…