March 2021 News Update
It is wonderful to hear that so many of you have already had your vaccine and it really is beginning to feel like there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
We are remarkably busy behind the scenes getting ready for reopening and we are reinvesting into the business to make it even better for you. We have made amazing improvements in the kitchen and with the assistance of a bounce back grant, (which we were lucky to find out about from a friend of the pub), we have bought 2 new swanky ovens which were much needed. Watch this space and get your taste buds ready for some amazing food coming out of our kitchen.
In addition, we are fully refurbishing our other two guest rooms (2 were done in the last lock down), hopefully in readiness for a busy summer of staycations. Bookings are already starting to build for the summer so if you are planning to book for relatives then please let us know as soon as you can. Don’t forget that village folk get a 10% discount for room bookings. Rooms can be booked from 12th April 2021 on a room only/self-catering basis and we can offer full B&B from 17th May 2021.
We have more plans afoot for improving the bar area and adding extra seating as well as sprucing up the outside area, adding to the work started last summer. If you haven’t guessed already, we are starting to get a little excited!!!
Take away has become very popular so we will continue to offer the service, even when we have reopened fully.
We will have some specials for St Patricks Day so keep a look out on social media and we are offering a special Mother’s Day Menu (please click here to view) which will run on a pre order only basis that must be in by Wednesday 10th March 2021 at the latest please. Collections will be available 12-6pm on that Day, so don’t forget to book your slot to be sure to get the time that you want.
The time has come to say farewell to the pub shop. It has served its purpose for us all. We know that to some of you has been a lifeline, certainly during the uncertain times of the first lockdown. You in turn have been a lifeline to us and although the shop income has been limited it has allowed us to keep going through these stressful times and stay in good enough shape to be able to weather the storm. I am fully aware that some of you have only used the shop purely to show your support to us and through your desire to keep a pub in the village. To you all, we are so grateful, your kindness has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. The generosity to others that we have seen during this pandemic has warmed our hearts and kept us going through some dark days. We have seen the best that Barrow has to offer and learned much about those who truly value the wonderful community that we have here. We are so incredibly lucky that our landlord is a member of the community and has been very understanding during the pandemic, giving us a great deal of support for which we are forever grateful. Sadly, not all Landlords in this industry have offered their tenants the same understanding and we will see many businesses fall over the coming months with thousands of jobs lost. Thankfully, we are one of the lucky ones.
We aim to close the pub shop at the end of March; however, we would really love to continue to support those who have supported us, not just you but also our local suppliers who have all had to diversify to survive and have had to work incredibly hard to do so. With that in mind, we have decided to continue with an order and delivery/collection service for those who have loved buying local produce. We will take weekly/monthly order for Meat, Veg, Cheese, baking products and eggs and of course booze (we are a pub after all) which will all be ready for collection or delivery every Friday in time for the weekend. Collection/ delivery times can be arranged with you directly.
We really do hope that you will make use of this service, the extra sales will still be a huge help to us and our suppliers during the long recovery ahead. For more detailed information please contact us directly for an order form.
Anyone who is taking part in the Loyalty Scheme can continue to do so if you wish but if you would prefer to now cancel your direct debit we completely understand and thank you for your show of support when things were looking pretty grim.
We are excited to tell you that we will be opening outdoors initially on Monday 12th April 2021 at 12pm. There are no mad rules involving scotch eggs however we can still only operate a table service system with rule of 6 and you will not be able to order at the bar. This first week we will be opening earlier and hosting a series of BBQ’s starting on Monday so let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather.
All social distancing and hygiene rules must still be adhered to and wearing of masks when not seated because none of us want another lockdown and we are all responsible as individuals to look after each other.
From May 17th you will be able to sit indoors in our newly refurbished tap room and providing the numbers are still low we will be able to operate without any restrictions in place from June 21st.
Our hours of business will be different initially so please call us or check your social media for updates.
We are now well and truly in planning mode for strengthening the future of our village local and that needs good people who share our vision and who want to give our customers the absolute best experience when they visit us. With that in mind we have several vacancies that will be set to start April/May when Boris lets us out to play again. If you have hospitality experience and think that you would be a good fit, then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us a little bit about yourself and what you are looking for. We are looking for people in front of house, kitchen, and housekeeping. We pay above minimum wage and offer a pension scheme and paid holidays plus you benefit from a staff discount scheme.