My, what a month August has been! We have worked 7 days a week throughout to make the most of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme and served just over 400 diners as part of the offer. We have been fully booked for every sitting, which has been fantastic!
The scheme finishes on 31 August. We're already fully booked that evening, but have some availability at lunchtime if you would like to join us.
Come September, our plans are to revert back to our opening hours in July, as these allow our small team to have the time off they need each week. This means from 1 September we will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, then open 12 to 2.30 pm and til late Wednesday through to Sunday.
We are also planning an extra day off on Wednesday 9 September, to give the team a 3 day break to re-charge after such a busy August. This means we will be closed the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of that week - but open again on Thursday 10 September lunch and evening and for the rest of the week.
September will also see the start of a collaboration with our local Vicar to start a well-being coffee morning once a month on Wednesdays. More details to follow, but we'll be hosting this in the pub (and/or marquee) to offer people a chance to come and have coffee, tea and cake and a chat with others, 10 am to 12 noon. As a community initiative, we hope it will help those who perhaps have felt more isolated in these tricky times to connect with other people, all in a safe and socially distanced way. Keep an eye out for more information on our website, Facebook Page and our A-boards outside the pub.
We've also been asked about whether we'll be re-instating our quiz nights, meat raffle and doing any Christmas meals this year
. The answer at the moment is watch this space, as we need to move into Autumn and understand what further guidance, if any, the Government will provide for the colder months. It's probably safe to say we won't be able to host large parties or events indoors for quite some time, or enable people from multiple households to gather for a Christmas meal. However, we may be able to offer family groups or those who are in the same bubble a meal out to celebrate together, with a traditional festive theme.
That's all for now - apart from taking the chance to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make August such a success and continued to come and see us when you can. There's no doubt we're not out of the woods yet as far as navigating our way through this pandemic is concerned, but your support, understanding and patience has been phenomenal!