I hate cooking when I entertain because you never have a chance to relax and enjoy your company. When everyone leaves you spend hours cleaning up the kitchen and it’s a thoroughly unpleasant experience. A few times a year I have the whole extended family over for a meal, maybe a weekend lunch or something and mostly I deal with the inconvenience.
Last weekend I went another way and organised to head to Universal Restaurant and make the most of their free function room hire. I spoke with the friendly team over the phone and discussed menu items. They were able to cook all the family favourites and do a much better job of them than I usually do. I put a high price on stress and inconvenience and considered this a cheap alternative to the usual option.