We are doing our very best to ensure that we re-open on July 4th and provide our guests and teams with a safe environment in all of our sites. Things are undoubtedly going to be different from the experiences we were used to prior to the lockdown in March but everyone’s safety is of paramount importance.

We would ask everyone to please remember that not a single member of our team is suddenly an expert in disease control, politics or even the policies of their own Pub Co. So when 20 of you show up to finally go out to party after 3 months of lockdown, it’s not the minimum wage barmaid’s decision to tell you no, but she HAS to anyway. When 6 of you try to book a meal because you’ve not seen your grandkids for 3 months, it’s not the manager’s fault group sizes are limited so don’t demand to see them and tell them they’re wrong. We are abiding by a new set of rules. BoJo is again relying on the “common sense of the people” (don’t get me started) so PLEASE remember that when pubs aren’t exactly how you remember them, or hoped they would be, we’ve all been in lockdown too.

No, we can’t just move some tables together. No, we can’t turn a blind eye (you know, just this once). And no, a bad Trip Advisor review won’t help. Things will get back to normal, just not straight away. Please be patient with us. And show some common sense.

We would ask you all to ensure that you abide by the rules as laid down throughout the establishment as there is no doubt we are all on trial and can ill afford and second spike of Covid 19 and further site closures.

Please try to be patient with our teams and start to enjoy socialising again, albeit rather differently.