C O V I D - S A F E
The earliest we might re-open is July 4th. It is very possible that we may need to delay beyond that. The date when we
re-open will be when it is safe to do so. When we re-open, we will have the same commitment that we have always had to
ensuring that our customers and our staff are safe here.
We are watching closely to find out what the Government will expect of us in terms of safety measures.
There is very little detail available, but as soon as there is guidance, we will move to implement any required
safety measures,and any optional measures that we feel will contribute to keeping everybody safe.
Some of those measures may mean that your experience might be slightly different to
usual. We will do whatever we can to minimise the impact on you. Whilst we don't yet know
what the requirements will be, we expect that SOME of the following might be in place;
Whilst we wouldn't expect there to be any requirement for you or your guests to wear any PPE,
our staff may need to wear masks. We will do our best to make them stylish rather than clinical!
If your guests do decide to wear masks of any kind, we ask that they take great care to dispose of them
safely. Some staff may wear gloves, where required to protect themselves from cleaning chemicals, but the
health advice is that gloves do not provide any protection against the virus, and can cause increases in
transmission. As such, your guests must not wear surgical gloves.
There may be limits on the number of people that we can accommodate. Staff will control numbers
entering, and carry out any additional checks at the door. During this time, we may need to close
the front entrance for short periods.Where capacity limits materially affect your function,
we will offer you an opportunity to move to a new date.
We may need to check temperatures of your guests on arrival using infrared thermometers.
Unfortunately, guests who have a temperature would not be allowed to join the party.
If your function is a wedding, we would urge that the Bride and Groom self-isolate
in the period leading up to the wedding, to ensure that they are not infected,
Hand sanitisers will be provided on entry and at suitable locations in the building. Use of these is mandatory.
It may be necessary to close smoking areas.
We will be unable to provide any facilities for your coats, and you should take them with you to your table.
We will need to remove some tables from the bar area and make use of smaller tables in the main hall to facilitate social
distancing. You may need to have a table plan which ensures that people are seated in social bubble groups.
Tables will need to be arranged to increase the spacing, which may reduce the available dance floor
We may need to limit the number of people who can be on the dance floor at one time, and to ask
that those dancing do so without being too close together.
There is strong evidence that good ventilation reduces transmission. For this reason, our ceiling mounted extractor
fans will be in use during your function. You should note that this does have a tendency to cool the
room, and that you may wish to dress on the assumption that the room will be cool (but not cold)
It may not be possible for you to order drinks at the bar as you usually would. We will be introducing
the facility to order and pay for your drinks from your smartphone, using the Round App. For those who
cannot use the app, we will have a new system of ordering drinks from an order point, and then waiting
to be called back to the bar to collect your drinks.
When we first re-open, we expect that there may be shortages of draught beers, as the breweries
restart production (rest assured that the draught beer from before lockdown is gone!). It may be
necessary to offer canned drinks instead for the earliest functions. There will still be a great
selection of spirits and bottled beers.
We know that this will be a party, and particularly that people will be celebrating freedom as
well as your special day. We are absolutely not going to turn your party into afternoon tea with
bone china cups, but we do need to be aware that the more people drink, the less good they are
at social distancing. That means that we may need to limit what people drink just a little!
In order to keep our staff safe, we will ask that you return your empty glasses to a collection point (but
not to the bar) rather than having glass collectors touring the hall collecting glasses. Please note that whilst
we have a good stock of glasses, there aren't enough to keep us going all night!
All sit-down meals will be served fully plated, rather than using tureens for you to help yourself to
vegetables. Cutlery might be delivered with each course, rather than set in advance, and it may be
necessary to use sachets of condiments rather than having salt and pepper on the table
We will continue to offer our full range of buffet options, but self-service buffets will not be allowed. Instead,
our staff will be on-hand to serve you, and we will ask people to come up to the buffet in small groups.
We know that the flexibility to bring in your own caterer, or to self-cater, is important to many
of you. We intend to continue to facilitate this if permitted by government, but the same rules
regarding self-service buffets will apply. Either your caterer or you must supply staff to serve food to
your guests, and the person supervising the food service must hold a level 2 food hygiene certificate.
You must also ensure that guests use hand sanitiser on entry to any food service area.
We look forward to welcoming you for an enjoyable and SAFE experience
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