PERCH Princes Park says its menu and offering may be impacted by the current national supply shortages.

The Eastbourne cafe and restaurant says times are very challenging:

“Every once in a while, you’ll see a news story come out “The UK running out of process” or “No gravy in the UK for six months.” we’ve all learnt to read these and realise it’s probably a PR agency behind these stories.

But, even if they were completely true would, it matter in the scheme of things. Because we’ve become desensitised to such things, it’s easy to think that some of the headlines we’ve been reading over the past couple of weeks about shortages are suppliers seeking to increase sales.

Regrettably, this isn’t the case. In the last six months, we’ve been chatting to suppliers daily about shortages. But, unfortunately, it’s not getting better; if anything, it continues to worsen.

Supply chains are all over the place and are extraordinarily complicated—there are lots in the press as to why they aren’t functioning.

There is a shortage of HGV drivers, wages are rising in this sector, but that doesn’t solve the problem. We are part of a global supply chain and believe it or not; we’ve been talking to suppliers for four years about the changes to our supply channels.

We’ve seen diligent suppliers take on extensive stock holdings, add warehousing and work with us to flatten these problems. Then they have suffered from limited driver capacity to distribute the products.

The bits we are hearing about now are on products that aren’t glamorous or directed at consumers, things like C02 shortages, quietly we have struggled to source diet coke as it fluctuates in and out of stock.

So why are we tell you about this? Unless things start to change, we will begin to see impacts on our menu and offer.

We will be moving some things around, and you may notice certain lines impacted. From the last 18 months, we have seen some substantial challenges; we aren’t afraid of those.

We are confident that we will be able to find a way through, no one cancelling Christmas, the world will continue to spin on its axis, but we expect changes and abundant turbulence.”