WE ARE OPEN!
Updated 6th July
We re-opened on July 4th as planned. There are still lots of ‘unknowns’ and there will be many ‘variables’ as we and, indeed, the authorities get to grips to see how this works out and acting on any changes as advised. This is a learning curve for me, my Team and you, the customer.
Today, I am pleased to publish our current “new normal” opening hours. These are due to be in place for the next few weeks and I will give as much notice as possible IF they are due to change. Changes will only be made to suit customer need and/or business trends. Please refer to the opening times list below.
So, as we continue to welcome you back to The Red Lion please be aware that not one of us here is an expert in disease control, so, based on Government advice and the ‘logistics’ of The Red Lion we will be operating like this: –
Where practically possible, we will be adhering to the 2m social distancing guidelines but, where this is not viable, then the 1m distance will be strictly adhered to.
First and foremost, a member of each party (table) must ‘check-in’ BEFORE they sit, whether inside or out. We will be expecting to operate a booking system to help us manage numbers comfortably and not every empty table is necessarily empty! (Due to the size of our kitchen we will have to operate with only one person so managing numbers and arrivals is very important and for everyone’s benefit. As such, we will also be operating a reduced menu.) We are required to keep a record of every party that uses The Red Lion. This will be done by means of recording a name, number in party, telephone number, date and time of arrival in exactly the same way as if you had/have made a reservation in advance. We are obliged to keep this information for 21 days and provide to the NHS Track and Trace team on request within this time. This will be done every time you use the pub, no matter how many times during the week – sorry!
Inside, sitting or standing at the bar is not allowed. Everybody has to sit at a table where table service will be provided. No more than two households can sit at one table and, subject to table availability, a maximum of six people. Please note that we will have to reduce the number of tables available inside. During these restrictions we regret that we will not be able to accept dogs inside the pub.
Outside, multiple households may share a table but this is, again, restricted to six people per table. Apart from the initial food order we are not planning to offer table service outside, as has always been the case. Most tables outside will have some form of cover/shade provided by either gazebos or trees. As all tables outside comfortably sit six people there will no need to move tables and this will not happen under any circumstance.
There will be a ‘one-way’ pedestrian system operating within the pub which all customers will be asked to adhere to. This will provide a natural flow from the car-park, to the check-in and then either to your table, if you’re sitting inside, or, if outside, to an ordering/payment point, then to a drinks collection point (food will be delivered to the table) and back into the garden. This will also allow for relatively easy access to/from the toilets.
The Prime Minister has said that he is relying on the “common sense of the people” and so are we. The Red Lion, like all pubs, will not be how you remembered it, or how you hoped it would be, but we will try our best. Please remember we have been in lock-down too! Things will get back to normal I’m sure, just not straight away.
We look forward to welcoming you soon. If you can, please book in advance. When you get here, we just ask for a bit of patience with us, while we learn the “new normal”. While you’re here, please be kind, polite and respectful to your fellow customers.
Andrew and The Team
Come and see our “Interior of Special Historic Interest” as recommended by CAMRA’s publication Real Heritage Pubs of the South West
A warm and friendly atmosphere can be found in this attractive traditional Free-House located in Kilmington right on the B3092 between Mere and Frome. Situated on the world renowned Stourhead Estate, this National Trust-owned building has been under my new private business ownership since December 2014. Situated at the base of White Sheet Hill and adjacent to an old coaching route (the extra horses needed to negotiate the steep hill were once stabled here) the 16th Century former farmworker’s cottage has been a pub for some 250 years serving the Parish villages of Kilmington, Norton Ferris, Stourton, Gasper, Zeals and Bourton.