DUE TO GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON - BUT YOU CAN JOIN US ONLINE EACH WEEK FOR OUR QUIZZES.
ANGEL INN YARWELL – COVID UPDATE, 29 NOVEMBER 20
Tier Two brings us To Tears
We once again find ourselves having to make some tough decisions about our business and unfortunately conclude that The Angel will not reopen next week when Lockdown 2 is “lifted”.
We are a small pub and Covid compliance has already seen us need to reduce our potential capacity and the further restrictions we now face leaves us with little opportunity to assure business security over the next few weeks/months.
The rule of six is no more and people from differing households cannot mix, this prevents us maximising on the already depleted space. Then there’s the “substantial meal” ruling, this too hits us hard – we are a wet-led pub with the food side only equating to circa 25% of our business. With alcohol limited to those eating said meal, this would require extended hours in our kitchen and in turn, us requiring additional staff – a ridiculous risk in this unpredictable environment. Combine these factors with the added obstacles that winter brings in heating and lighting – the costs stack against the potential.
Add our fears to the actual issue, the issue of the pandemic and the encouragement to stay home to stay safe, so, despite us adhering to minimise risk in our environment – we question what the actual potential market is in this current climate?
The government have advised that there will be fortnightly reviews of these rulings so as soon as we can bring you a viable offering, we will of course be back with you as soon as we can.
Please understand that the decision to remain closed has been an extremely emotional, with frustration, anger and tears all showcasing. We have an eager to please, “rule with heart” versus a pragmatic “rule with business head” competing dynamic here – in these weird times, the latter will always prevail!
We will continue to “entertain” via Facebook with our twice weekly quizzes and we appreciate that we are social lifeline for some people – we ask that if any of our customers are feeling lonely or need anything at all that they do not hesitate to be in touch with us and we will be happy to virtually supply you with our useless banter!
We hope to see you soon – the place isn’t the same without you – we’ve put the Christmas decs up and everything as we naively/stupidly thought we’d remain in Tier 1 (!) so if we get the chance to show you them, we will!
Please stay safe, stay sane and we hope to have you back here as soon as we can. We truly hope you can understand our decision – there’s none more gutted than us we can assure you.
Di, Nick and team xx
WE ASK YOU TO READ THESE GUIDELINES PRIOR
TO YOUR VISIT
What a bonkers and surreal world we find ourselves eh? The path of laws and guidelines we now find ourselves walking along has ripped the very heart out our lovely pub and while we get to grips with the continual changing adaptations we ask for your patience and manners during these difficult times. We will try and retain what we can of our fun and jovial environment while continually reminding you of the the bloody rules that visiting a pub now endures! Have a read of this please and we will see you soon!
Firstly, if you or any of your party are showing any signs of illness, please do not enter, please go home and self-isolate
Everyone needs to check-in as part of the Track & Trace formality - scan the QR code or manually, but this must be done please
Unless while seated at your table, please wear your mask at all other times during your visit
Keep your distance from people not in your party or “social bubble” (recommended 2 metres where possible)
Using the outside area is recommended, but if seated inside please keep to the social distancing advice
Once seated, please do not switch to another table and please do not move any furniture
Our pub is small - apologies if you arrive and we do not have space immediately for you to join us
We are trying to operate a one in one out policy for the toilets - please use common sense and wait, suitably distanced if there are already people using the facilities
Our pub is an adult environment, families with small children are discouraged unless parents are confident that they will remain seated with them at ALL times and must be supervised when using the toilet - click here for our general stance regarding visits with children!
Dogs are welcome, but please keep on a lead
Wash or sanitise your hands at all opportunities to do so
Most importantly always keep your common sense and respect for others intact —we’re trying our utmost to operate a safe, friendly and welcoming environment which in turn will help us survive these trying times - you will be asked to leave should we feel that you or any member of your party may be jeopardising that at any time
NEW OPENING TIMES:
Subject to change at any time
12-2pm & 6-8.30pm
Note: We operate a zero tolerance policy towards d*ckheads!
The Angel Inn Yarwell - Update about reopening – update 26 June 2020.
As a small, privately-owned, independent pub we have needed to wait until government guidance has come out to ensure that we reopen correctly first-time round. This would help us avoid unnecessary costs, additional losses as well as ensuring the paramount safety of our both our staff and customers.
You can imagine that the last few days this has caused the odd (many) domestic debate here with the two of us having initial opposing opinions: one feeling the pressure on the "eager to please" side, with what we “ought to do/expected to do” listening to those that tell us that “you HAVE to open on the 4th”
The other having a more pragmatic approach: ensuring we are equipped to adhere to strict safety standards and limiting the risk for both staff and customers as well as the huge financial risk that we face in said adherence as well as re-stocking the pub for what is, at this stage, an unknown demand.
The virus is still out there – there will be many, many people not yet ready to socialise in a pub environment; on the flip side, it may be a euphoric demand – thus potentially putting people at risk. We just do not know.
We have concluded that we are going to wait for the 4th of July to pass, see how things evolve and learn from the industry and the larger chains and those that are prepared to or can afford to take the risk before making any further decisions.
We have taken the time to be involved in several online forums and it seems many freehold, small, independents are taking this stance, which helped reach and substantiate the decision to wait a while longer.
Our emphasis has always been on atmosphere, so we are hoping that the results continue to improve so that we are able to re-open as close to being the social hub, for which we are renowned, as we can.
We hope you all understand our reasoning behind us not opening straight away. It is not an easy decision to make but one we feel is best. We will of course keep you all informed via all social media mediums as soon as this changes, which of course we hope not to be too long.
“FOOLS RUSH IN WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD….” ?
In closing, we thank those of you that have continued to support us during lockdown - we have been "entertaining" twice weekly with our quizzes and have managed to gain some great new supporters!
We have also been overwhelmed by the number of thank messages and even dropped off gifts in this respect, it has been extremely humbling, albeit unnecessary! We are just doing our bit to keep our unique pub atmosphere alive in some way, shape or form!
Take care everybody – we once again want to reiterate that is has not been an easy decision to make and be assured that we cannot wait to be back in service.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Nick, Di and Team