New Stage 3 regulations from Monday 17 May mean an important step towards the return of normality but there are a few things to remember:
- All guests over 16 need to comply with Test & Trace requirements on entry.
- Table service only. Tables of up to six people or two households indoors. Larger groups up to 30 allowed outside.
- Face coverings are mandatory at all times, apart from when seated at a table.
- Social distancing guidelines of maintaining 2 metres distance or 1 metre plus other mitigating factors remain.
- But there will be no curfew or “substantial meal” restrictions.
- Those who do not comply with the rules must be refused entry by the venue. Failure to comply with the guidelines may result in serious consequences for the licensed premises.
Local Pub Opening Information
The Pheasant, Shefford Woodlands
The Pheasant will re-open Mon 17 May with a beautifully refurbished restaurant and three brand new hotel bedrooms. Please book online at thepheasant-inn.co.uk
The Crown and Garter, Inkpen
The Crown and Garter will adapt to the new rules on the 17th May. Opening hours are :
- Monday to Thursday 12.00-10.00pm
- Friday & Saturday 12.00 – 11.00pm
- Sunday 12,00 – 4.30 pm
Their coffee shop is open from 8.30 to 4.30 seven days for breakfasts, light meals, freshly baked bread & cakes and hot drinks.
The Hartley Arms, Donnington
The Hartley Arms will reopen on Wed 19 May with indoor and outdoor seating with the following hours :
- Wed/Thursday 12.00 – 10pm
- Fri/Saturday 9am – 11pm
- Sunday 12.00 – 4.30 pm
The Hartley Arms will be mostly about inside seating but we do have the picnic tables by the river and we share a small courtyard which seats ten with The Donnington coffee shop which is open from 8.30 to 4.30 pm Wednesday to Sunday for breakfasts, light meals, freshly baked bread & cakes and hot drinks.
The Royal Oak, Bishopstone
Opening times for food Monday to Thursday noon-8pm, Friday and Saturday Noon-8.30pm, Sunday lunch (Sunday style) noon-3pm; supper 5.30-7.30pm. Nibbles all afternoon.
Organic pizzas available from 2.30-5.30pm, between full menus every day
Breakfast every week day 8-9.30am; weekends 8.30-10am
Booking not required, but usually recommended
The Ibex, Chaddleworth
Mon- Sun 12- 9pm (Kitchen), 12- Late (Pub). Bookings advised but not essential.
The Queen’s Arms, East Garston
Re-opens indoor dining from Mon 17 May
Blandy’s Bar & Bistro, Audley Inglewood near Kintbury
Pre-book a table for indoor dining for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner in our beautiful bistro, restaurant or terrace. Sunday lunch takeways can still be ordered by phone on 01488 208173. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible.
The White Hart, Hamstead Marshall
Book a table and get a free drink for every mains course ordered.
Crown & Anchor, Ham
Inside service from Thur 20 May
The Five Bells, Wickham
The Five Bells has a Special Offer for PP readers: Book a table 17 May – 17 June and get a free dessert with every mains ordered!
The Chequers Inn, Charney Bassett
John O’Gaunt Inn, Hungerford
From 17 May we are opening innside, but we are already heavily booked for the first couple of weeks, in order to cater for more of you, we are reducing our booking availability outside, meaning it’s first come first served. You may still book under the larger of our Tiki Tents, but the remainder of the garden is 1st come 1st served, allowing more options to get a table and more option to “walk in”, just as a pub should be. We can’t wait to see you innside, and out.
Honesty Coffee shops in Kingsclere, Greenham, Hungerford, Overton, Inkpen, Saddleback Farm Shop