After weeks and weeks of being closed to the public, pubs and restaurants have now been given the green light to reopen. As of tomorrow, some of our favourite local establishments will once again be open to customers and serving the food and drinks we have all missed so dearly. It has been a long and worrying road for many, and although some amended their business models temporarily to ensure a continued stream of income, they are far from being out of the woods yet.
Quite a number will reopen tomorrow (4th July) with others due to open in the days that follow. They’ve been provided with strict guidelines and these must be adhered to if they wish to remain operational. The threat of COVID is still very credible and measures must be put in place to protect both staff and customers. We know that a lot you will be understandably hesitant to venture out and start visiting the places you frequented before the pandemic. With this in mind, we spoke to a few of Skipton’s independent pubs, bars and restaurants to find out more about how they will operate once they reopen…
Venue Sports & Music Bar
Here at Venue, we are looking forward to opening our doors once again. Things are going to be different whilst we adapt to the government guidelines set out but we will be doing our best to make it an enjoyable experience for everyone.
We have reduced our opening hours to start with from 12pm every day till 10 pm and we’re extending that to 12 am on weekends. We will be operating table service on a first come first served basis whilst also giving the option of using our big outside space too.
All social distancing measures have been put in place and we are positive that, as a town, Skipton will adapt and flourish again. Lockdown has been a great time to reflect and think about future plans going forward with exciting things in the pipeline for us.
Changes at Venue include:
- Safety screens at the bar
- One-way queueing system
- 2 designated serving points at the bar
- Spaced out tables
- Reduced opening hours
- Sanitising stations
- Designated staff to be cleaning and sanitising at all times
Here at Calico Jack`s, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide a thoroughly enjoyable experience for our customers on every visit.
One night before the lockdown, we built in an independent online ordering system on our website, and on the first weekend, we delivered more than 100 orders. We have tried our best with home delivery, and we will probably keep this service, but we are so excited to go back to our main profile: serving people in a special atmosphere, here at Calico Jack`s.
We have designed a new food, drink & cocktail menu, and as usual, we will only be using the finest ingredients in both our food and drinks to ensure no-one is left hungry and everyone leaves with a smile.
There will be many surprises in the restaurant, so we can`t wait to get feedback from our regular customers on our refurbishment.
The safety and wellbeing of both our customers and our team is our number one priority and based on the latest Public Health England guidelines we’ve put enhanced health – hygiene & social distancing measures to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.
- Frequent sanitising of all items you might have contact with inside our restaurant including tables, chairs, wooden rails, door handles, taps, bathroom surfaces.
- Our restaurant will be operating a one-way system. It means you can use the regular entrance on arriving, and when you leave, you can use our secondary entrance/exit by the end of the restaurant.
- Menus will be sanitised and every piece will be used only once a day.
- Cutlery will be served with your meals & hand sanitisers will be provided to every customer at the table.
- All team members will be using alcohol hand sanitiser before/after serving you & wash their hands at least every 10 minutes.
- As we are a restaurant, we have always provided table service but going forward, we will be taking payments by contactless and debit cards at the table, to reduce the use of cash where possible and to keep the bar area safe.
Lockdown for us at Le Caveau has been tough. Going from doing a job you absolutely love, day in day out, to absolutely nothing is something I don’t want to have to experience again. I have missed seeing the regulars and catching up with what’s going on with their families and their lives. We have missed the social we have when people dine with us.
Lockdown hasn’t been all bad though. It’s allowed me to really spend some time with the kids but I can safely say and, probably like most people, I’m ready to get back to work.
You’re only going to see a few changes at Le Caveau. Nothing too drastic – just a more obvious presence of hand sanitiser and a little more room between tables. Service will still be impeccable but different and the food will still be made with as much love and care as always.
Fortnightly changing menus allow us to still offer a good variety of dishes using the same great seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. We reopen with a special 4-course menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 9,10,11th July. Then we’ll be back to our fixed price menu on the 14th, which is actually our 6th anniversary!
The Woolly Sheep Inn
The Woolly Sheep Inn has completed preparations for reopening on Saturday 4th July. This has involved significant investment in new and extensive protective measures for the pub to comply with guidelines set by the government in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic including:
- Innovative dry mist ‘fogging’ sanitisation provided by Protect Pro Solutions, deployed throughout the pub
- An infrared thermometer to allow temperature checks for team members ahead of every shift
- New safety signage to reassure and inform customers about new guidelines as well as directions for safe entrance and exit to the building
- Outdoor seating separated in line with government guidelines and physical screens introduced between indoor seating
- New hand sanitiser dispense stations situated throughout the pub
Some temporary changes will also be introduced to the way the pub operates, including:
- Seated table service only, which will reduce capacity numbers.
- Table service offered either through a member of staff or through a mobile-based ordering app depending on customer preference
- 2-hour time slots introduced when booking
- Single entrance and exit points to the pub. The entrance is located to the front and the exit will be to the rear, through the outdoor area
- Maximum occupancy of toilets limited to four people with distancing measures
- Introduction of single-use recyclable paper menus
- All condiments removed from tables and only available when requested
- Cutlery taken to customers by our team members
- Increased cleaning regime, with focus on high-touch points
- No standing at the bar and drinks instead provided by table service
- At busy periods socially distanced queuing may be necessary outside the pub
In addition to this, for a temporary period the Woolly Sheep will offer a more focused menu to achieve their usual high service standards with a reduced kitchen staff due to social distancing guidelines.
The menu will include pub classics as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes and will be available to view on the pub’s website.
Brody’s @ Sheep Street Social
Brody’s was closed for a period during the lockdown before we relaunched our successful delivery service.
In the leadup to lockdown, we had plans for a refurbishment and rebranding as Sheep Street Social. During lockdown, we’ve carried out all the make overwork ourselves as well as generating lots more plans for the future.
Now that we have the guidelines; we’ve had to put some of our ideas on hold. All of our soft furnishings have gone into storage and we’ve removed sharing dishes from our revised new menu to protect the wider community. Much as though this has upset us; we’re keen to push on ahead and start the relaunch and, as restrictions are lifted, you’ll see changes at Sheep Street Social. In the meantime; you’ll find the tables a little further apart, the music a little softer but the food and drinks better than ever. We can’t wait to welcome you all back!
We’ll be continuing with our delivery service as we’re conscious that some of our customers are still shielding and we’ll keep this going for as long as there’s demand for it. Our menu can be found at www.brodys-bistro.co.uk or on our Facebook page and you can call us on 01756799991 to order, book a table, or just for a friendly chat.
As small business owners we know we are key to keeping the independent charm and variety of Skipton. We’ve been touched by many messages of support from around the Town and feel privileged that Brody’s @ Sheep Street Social is a part of it. We’ll be re-open from 4th July at 4:30pm and we hope you like the changes!
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