Thank you so much for all of the emails, insta messages and check-ins whilst we've been closed due to the pandemic (words we never imagined we would ever write!) Over the past week or so, as the government has sent out some (mixed) messages regarding an easing of the lockdown, we've had a few emails asking when we are reopening, and wanting to book tables. So, we thought we'd give you a little update here.
We haven't previously taken bookings, and we aren't currently set up to do so. It may be that we have to move to taking advance bookings, and that is something we are looking into at the moment. The official advice for restaurants and hospitality businesses is quite muddled and inconsistent. Whilst some places are saying that they will be open on 4th July, it's difficult to see how that is possible for smaller spaces like ours. The 2m apart rule just won't work, and as other countries aren't implementing that, it seems arbitrary. Likewise, we struggle to see how hairdressers and dentists can reopen when they actually have to touch individuals and cannot socially distance at all! There needs to be some real clarity based on actual science and there needs to be a unified and sensible plan before we feel that we could safely reopen. We are watching carefully for guidance from the Federation for Small Businesses, and from UK Hospitality, both of whom are working really hard to help businesses like ours, and who are actively lobbying the government for some real, workable guidelines.
In the meantime, we are planning as much as we can for our return. We are lucky to have had such amazing support from customers over the past 2 years and we were so looking forward to our first 'proper' season in Windermere. We can't wait to get back and see you all, but it has to be when it's safe for us, for our lovely staff and you.
Watch this space. Rob & the gang.