Well it came as no surprise that June 21st reopening has been postponed!
We’re carrying on as normal – or as normal as it gets in the UK now – for the moment, with seats outside & a few seats inside. Looking to get more tables & chairs for outside – especially because the sunny weather is here now.
It’s rumoured that we’ll be open properly in early July – we can only hope.
To keep your loved one happy we’ve put together a range of gift boxes for you to buy in our online shop.
There’s cocktails, Prosecco and Gin (plus chocolates) for the guys to buy for the ladies. And there’s Beer, Rum and Jack Daniels for the ladies to buy for the guys. But, of course, it doesn’t have to be that way around if your lady likes Rum :o)
We’ve just added Margarita and Mojito to our ever growing list of cocktails. These are available to buy in our Shop. As usual we sell them in “pouches” of 2 cocktails and include all the trimmings & extras you need – apart from the ice – which you’ll have to provide ;o)
They’re both pretty much what you’d expect – we’ve not strayed from the traditional with these two.
A margarita is a Mexican cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice
Ingredients: Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice
Extras supplied: lime slices
To Serve: shake the pouch and pour over ice. Top with a couple of the lime slices.
Mojito is a traditional Cuban highball. The cocktail often consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Its combination of sweetness, citrus, and herbaceous mint flavours is intended to complement the rum, and has made the mojito a popular summer drink
Ingredients: White rum, soda water, lime, mint
Extras supplied: lime slices, fresh mint
To Serve: shake the pouch and pour over ice. Top with a couple of the lime slices and mint leaves.
NOTE: Because of the current COVID-19 restrictions we will be calling “last orders” at 9:15pm. This is to give us sufficient time to serve final drinks and for customers to drink them in time for us to get everyone out & the place closed for 10pm.
Well we did it… we opened… it was a bit strange as we were restricted in what we & the customers could & couldn’t do. But we got through it and saw lots & lots of people.
So, a big thanks to all who came to see us.
We’ve learned a few things from the first night, so we’ll be putting them into practise starting Thursday.
For example, we realised that taking orders and serving tables at the same time is too slow and restrictive. So from Thursday you’ll be able to go to the bar – strictly one at a time & socially distancing – to order drinks. If it’s a small order then you can wait and take it to your table. If it’s a bigger order (or if it’s busy) then we’ll ask you to go back to your table and we’ll bring it over when it’s ready.
There are a few more ideas we’ll be doing to help speed things along.
We’re aiming to open on July 4th at 12 noon (until 11pm).
We obviously need to get all the correct safety measures in place as per government guidelines – which we should.
Space will be limited but we’ll be offering table service inside and outside – hopefully it’s a sunny weekend. We’re not taking table bookings at the moment so that we can welcome everyone who’s supported us.
Then we’ll be opening from Thursday July 9th. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday will be our normal opeing days for the moment. We’ll also have food available from Eat Homemade (menu tba).
So next week we’ll be suspending deliveries so that we can get the bar open and food onto the online shop too.
Well it’s been an interesting couple of days! The takeaway service has been going so well we ran out of flagons for the draught beer. I managed to source some more on Thursday – for delivery today (Saturday). But the supplier was expecting DPD Local to deliver – they don’t do Saturdays. Which meant I had to go up to the DPD depot at Denton this morning & hope they’d arrived!! Thankfully they were there – so panic over.
But… when I got back to the bar we found we had just enough draught beer to supply the orders for Father’s Day. If we received any more we’d be knackered! One of the great features of being a new bar – we don’t know how much we’re going to sell!!
It’s not easy to find a draught beer supplier on a Saturday. But, shout out to Chris at Torrside Brewing in New Mills for coming back to us so quickly. We now have 3 extra ales for home delivery (or pickup) on our online shop. Only had the chance to try the IPA properly – it’s very good – citrus flavours. The Amber and Bitter taste good but only had a sip of them – I’ll have a proper taste during the week.
Anyway, we’re all stocked up & raring to go for Father’s Day delivery – we don’t normally deliver on Sundays but we’ve made an exception for all you lovely sons & daughters who are buying for their Dads.