Sunday, July 12, 2020
A meal out at Aromas (at long last)
Last night Gill and I went for a meal out in our favourite local restaurant. "Aromas" in Forest Gate, (opposite the station). This was our first meal out since lock down. It was a little surreal but the food and service was as usual excellent (we have enjoyed delivery foods from Aromas but the mixed grill special has to be served fresh and sizzling).
There was a "signing in" process where we had to give our contact details, hand sanitiser was available, tables had been removed to provide adequate social distance and staff wore face masks,
By coincidence my Labour Party comrade and long lost Welsh cousin, Stuart Walker, was also there with his wife Suzannah and family friend Alicia. Stuart is somewhat shy and retiring but always entertaining.
Aromas is a family business. The father cooks and runs the kitchen with his daughter and sons. It must have been very tough for them during the past few months. They also have ambitious plans to extend the restaurant to the rear.
Everyone has a responsibility to ensure that they do nothing that could mean such businesses have to close in the event of a future Covid-19 spike.
I am really pleased that on route to Aromas that the pavement had been extended along Woodgrange Road so that we could safely avoid people queuing at the fast food outlets.