THINGS can become pretty hectic and challenging for anywhere in the hospitality industry over the festive season.
But two freak accidents and a new baby meant one pub and restaurant lost three chefs in one fell swoop on one of the busiest nights of the year.
The Glynne Arms in Hawarden had every seat booked up on Christmas Eve. But then a string of unexpected occurrences left the venue battling against seemingly impossible odds.
The first of the three chefs, Kieran Benton, 23, called in to say he would not be able to make it in because his partner had given birth to their second child.
The second, Nathan Croft, 18, went down shortly after 9.30am after badly cutting his thumb while preparing food.
And finally the restaurant lost its third chef, Chris Turner, 23, at about 4.30pm after he fell down a flight of stairs, which necessitated him being taken to hospital.
But despite all of that, the remaining members of the team valiantly struggled on to serve all 75 of its diners.
Glynne Arms manager James McAdam said he called all of the customers and informed them of the situation, but told them he was committed to staying open.
“It seemed like we were going to be really up against it,” he said.
“At first we were thinking what are we going to do?
“But it went really well. I couldn’t have been happier with how it went.”
He added: “No one even waited that long. I am really proud of the team. They all chipped in.”
All three chefs are now back at work and were all on station for the busy New Year’s Eve.
Mr McAdam said this was his first Christmas working at the restaurant and said he was delighted with how it went.
“I have really tried to get the team spirit going at the place,” he said.
“It was really good to see everyone step up to it in the face of adversity.”