The grand tradition of the British office Christmas Party is a strange one…you hear all manner of horror stories where people have a few too many drinks and then behave in an inappropriate way – forgetting that they are still in essence representing their employer.
It was our office party yesterday. It was very enjoyable. There were no obvious signs of misbehaving (thankfully!). We went to The Alchemist in the Trinity Shopping Centre in Leeds and the set Christmas menu was very good. The best bit though was the Smokey Old Fashioned drink I ordered in a hipflask which you can keep or refill…Wild Turkey bourbon, maple syrup, Jerry Thomas’ bitters, oak smoke, served over an ice ball. Nice. I even bought some home to drink later!!
We then headed to a bar called Angelica at the top of Leeds with a nice view over the surrounding rooftops. Leeds is not a pretty place but with the Christmas lights glittering across the skyline you could be forgiven for a moment for enjoying the view.
A good evening with good friends…and one or two colleagues. I even saw Paul Jewell at the station.
Christmas next year is scheduled to be warm because it will be summer in New Zealand. Can’t wait for a new set of experiences and a new culture now.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!