Hello and welcome back to the Forest Lodge!
The last few months have undoubtedly been difficult for everybody in one way or another but, happily, we can now hopefully begin to enjoy life again in this post-lockdown world. Since it was announced that places such as ours could re-open from Saturday 4th July, we have done a lot of work to prepare for this moment. We have undertaken all the necessary Covid-19 risk assessments and are confident that we have made the Forest Lodge as safe as it can reasonably be made. There will still remain, of course, some risk of catching the disease and we leave it to your own discretion to decide whether or not this risk is acceptable to you.
With this in mind, we have introduced various measures around the premises to help to keep our customers as safe as possible. So for example, you will now be required to log in to our WIFI system on entering the building as part of the Government’s ‘Track & Trace’ programme. You will be asked to provide some personal information which will be held on a database for the following 21 days. This information will be used to contact you in the event of anybody becoming infected with the disease whilst you were here. You will be expected to adhere to the Government guidance on social bubbles and meeting another household. Please refer to the following Government website link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-people-from-outside-your-household-from-4-july.You will also be asked to follow certain one-way ‘routes’ depending on whether you are either eating or drinking with us. You will be encouraged to maintain a social distance of at least one metre whilst in the building, two metres when outside. You will notice several hand sanitising stations located at entrance and exit points. Please use them! And you will not be allowed to congregate at the bars: table service will be provided for both drinks and meals.
Please note that as customers are still acting very cautiously, we have not been as busy as expected since re-opening, so we have therefore revised our evening opening hours to the following. Monday to Wednesday 5.30-9.30pm , Thursday 5.30-10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 5.30-11pm Sunday 6-10pm.
We are encouraging customers to reserve a table prior to coming, whether this be for a meal or a drink. In that way, you will be guaranteed a spot! You will be allocated a time slot on booking. You can of course turn up on spec but please be aware that we might not be able to accommodate you. Once our tables are full, they’re full! And in the same spirit, we would respectfully ask all customers to consider others and not to remain at a table for longer than really necessary. In this way, everybody will get a chance to enjoy the pub!
We expect that there might be some teething issues as we get back up and running and we would kindly ask you to bear that in mind as we gently open up. We will not tolerate any unwillingness to abide by our guidelines or indeed abuse of any sort. It may be the case that we have to make some adjustments and changes to our initial policies but we will do so at our own pace and as we see fit.
We all very much look forward to welcoming you back.
The Forest Lodge Team