An advertorial in The Caterer tells us that:
Country pub the Shepherd and Dog serves locally sourced produce and a wide range of local beers in a picturesque setting in Fulking, West Sussex. And while its sprawling setting is undeniably an asset, staff used to find it difficult to maintain a constant presence as customers were hidden away in the many nooks and crannies spread across the gardens.
Since installing Lightspeed, waiters have been able to take orders via an iPad,
which are then sent back to the kitchen and bar in seconds, allowing them to spend more time canvassing the gardens, rather than running back and forth. The system also allows them to take payment at the table which, as owner David Pearse explains, has directly affected revenue. “Lightspeed means that we can pay at the table, bills are instant and online, and food comes out faster, so I turn my tables quicker. This means I make more money.”
Meanwhile, bar manager George Wilson has been most impressed with the system’s reporting capabilities: “I can look there and then, at the pub or at home, to see what’s not selling quickly and what’s selling really quickly; it really helps me with my ordering,” he explains. “Revenue has doubled since we put in Lightspeed — it’s been really, really helpful,” Pearse says.
Call My Bluff
We have been doing a Call My Bluff evening for quite a few years now and the original formula seems to continue to be popular. On Friday 27th July the evening was as riotous as ever with some really obscure wines. Eight tables of eight contestants and the winning table succeeded in spite of protests about skulduggery, which were ignored by the judges, one of whom was persuaded by the flattering limerick that won the tiebreak!. Once again many thanks to Dave and Emily from the Shepherd & Dog for all their generosity and hard work, Jackie for her knowledgeable performance, Michael for his complicated scoring, Jay and Louise for such a good raffle, Nick for everything and the few of you who helped clear up afterwards.
The Fair was cancelled due to incredibly unlucky stormy weather in the middle of a heat wave. This was most disappointing after all the hard work that had gone into all of the preparation. The Social Committee and helpers give up a lot of their spare time to create an annual event which has become a feature of the Sussex summer. Many thanks to all of them.
Allsorts Fun Dog Show
To try to salvage something from the cancellation of the Fair an Allsorts Fun Dog Show will now take place in the North Town Field on Sunday 5 August from midday till 4pm. Parking in Downside Meadow. Light refreshments and ice creams will be available and of course the Shepherd & Dog will be open as usual. If you have a dog PLEASE join us, if you don’t then borrow one!