It has been 4 years since Brexit was voted. 4 years wondering about the future of the UK, or actually forgetting that the referendum even happened.
Working in the hospitality industry, I have been slowly but surely wondering and worrying.
First, wine suppliers started talking about it in term of delivery and price increase. Will the restaurants and/or suppliers be able to swallow the price increase or will it affect the customers? Will it take longer to receive orders? Will the winemakers bother to go through all the admin fuss to send their wine over?
Then, it was the turn of food – so much products come from Europe. From produce not found here like olive oil or lemon to meat, fish, cheese, charcuterie, vegetables and fruits. Would we still be able to use it and enjoy it at the same price? Would they actually be available in shops?
The end of last year and beginning of this year gave us an idea of border controls and delays with deliveries.
It doesn’t look good, does it?
What do I do with the fantastic partners I have from outside the UK? Is it worth to have more of them joining if it becomes too difficult to get the products?
The UK has fantastic producers, products and makers. ‘Papilles on the table’ will continue to be the centre of the art of the table, representing the great artisans living in this country. Too many people don’t know about British produce and too easily go for well know international brands.
All in all, everything will be alright. Let’s use the time of transition to discover what Great Britain has to offer and when things will become easier (I believe it will), we will be able to reconnect with the great European products that we love.
Only one thing to do. Keep calm and carry on.