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.
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.
We were aiming to be open yesterday (March 21st 2020) for our Open Day – not an official Opening Night. There was going to be a market, “Make It Marple”, on the street outside the bar but this was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
We’d got a Temporary Events Notice which allows us to open for one day only. We wanted to show everyone where we’ve got to with the bar.
And now, even if we get our Premises Licence in the next few weeks, we can’t open!
When we do open we’ll have food available through Dan at EatHomemade. We’re not cooking on the premises but it’ll be served up in small portions – the final menu hasn’t been decided yet – we’ve obviously got plenty of time for that now! Go have at look at what he’s doing at https://www.facebook.com/EatHomemade.Marple/
We’ve just got to wait & see what happens over the next month or so. Hopefully we’ll be able to open soon.