Life is strange and uncertain for all of us at the moment, but for those of us trying to run a business (particularly in the hospitality sector) it’s becoming increasingly complicated. We don’t know from one week to the next what we’ll be allowed to do, which makes ordering sufficient quantities of fresh supplies a bit challenging!
The last few weeks alone have seen us have to shut completely for 72 hours, as a member of staff unfortunately contracted the virus. We closed to complete a very thorough deep clean and get all remaining staff tested, and re-opened as soon as we had sufficient staff with negative results to do so. It was a difficult time, made easier by the ‘can do’ attitude of our staff, but the security of everyone was our first priority and we had no choice but to close down temporarily.
On a more positive note, we’ve been experimenting with offering breakfast and brunch at the weekends and it’s gone so well that we’ve decided to serve it every day between 9.30am and 11.30am. It’s proved a popular choice for walkers, cyclists and people who just want a run out into the country, and until 6 November there’s 50% off the food menu, as well.
Our latest new development is the temporary change to our opening hours. We’re opening earlier, to accommodate breakfast service, and closing early as well – this is partly due to the government’s changes in when pubs are allowed to open, and partly to allow us to concentrate our staff where they are needed. All we can do at the moment is remain very flexible, and react to each new development as it arises.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the fantastic support and loyalty of our customers. They’ve stuck by us when things were very difficult indeed and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has come to see us over the last few months, it has made all the hard work worthwhile.