Devon pubs share their plans to reopen on July 4 – Devon Live

Pubs across Devon have been sharing their plans for when social distancing rules are eased on July 4 and they can finally re-open.

While many are excited to be welcoming back their regulars and new customers, others do not yet feel ready to reopen for business.

And some have gone into great detail about the changes they are making and the rules their guests will be expected to follow.

Here is what some pubs have said about their plans on Facebook.

The BlackSmiths Arms in Lamerton near Tavistock

“We will be open from the 4th July for drinks only. Hours will be Thursday to Sunday 3pm until close. Social distancing measures will be in force and sanitizing stations will be found throughout the pub. There will also be a book of registration for you to fill in when you come in.

“We will continue to offer our takeaway and delivery food service.

“Over the coming weeks and months we will endeavor to revert the pub back to normal as we feel it is safe to do so.

“Rest assured your health and our health is paramount.

“We look forward to welcoming you all back to our wonderful pub”

The Two Mile Oak, Newton Abbot

“Plans are going well to ensure we are ready to open on Saturday safely. Can’t wait to see you all.”

Start Bay Inn, Torcross

“Thank you for being patient with us as we work through this difficult time. The challenges we have faced have been, and are, like nothing else we’ve faced before.

“Whilst we continue to provide our takeaway service, we have been looking into expanding our services in line with the government relaxations, but feel we are not yet ready. Our prime concern is the health and safety of our staff, customers, and local community, and we are yet to feel comfortable that we can safely change the way we operate in a protective and efficient manner.

“In the mean time, we shall continue to provide our takeaway service, but we look forward to welcoming you all in a different way as soon as we feel it is safe to do so. Please keep a close watch on our social media as we plan for the future behind the scenes.”

Dartbridge Inn, Buckfastleigh:

“We have never been happier to say that you can now book to join us from 6th July!

“As we look forward to opening our doors, your safety is at the forefront of our minds, and so we encourage you to book before you visit to avoid disappointment.

“Welcome back!”

Mill on the Exe, Exeter

“It’s official. Following the government announcement, we are pleased to confirm that we are reopening on 4th July!

“We are busy bringing our teams back from furlough and training them in the additional measures we are taking to minimise the risks to our visitors and our team, as well as getting ready to open.

“It will be a different experience to the last time you visited as we will have to work in different ways. Some of the steps we are taking include:
• A full risk assessment
• All customers to register with us before being taken to a table (queues possible)
• There will be no service from our bars
• A smaller but interesting menu
• Reduced team numbers to keep them safe
• Partial one-way systems
• Increased cleaning protocols
“Look out for more information on our social media sites in the build up to 4th July and we will add signage inside and out to help you understand the measures that have been put in place to keep you safe.

“To make a reservation please contact us by email or telephone (leave a message if we are not able to take your call). A deposit to secure your reservation may be requested.

“We look forward to welcoming you back!”

The Smugglers Inn, Dawlish:

“The online booking system is live and you are able to make bookings online from 8th July.

“Due to distancing measures we have to take there are limited tables and our system wont accept bookings of over 6.

“Until August we wont be open on Mondays or Tuesdays.”

The Old Mill at Woolacombe has had a beer delivery ahead of its re-opening
(Image: The Old Mill at Woolacombe/Facebook)

The Old Mill at Woolacombe:

“Yep, we’re re-opening from July 4.

“We want to reassure our customers that we will be providing a safe environment for both our clients and staff.

“We have cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene procedures in place. We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace. That, when a 2m distance isn’t possible, we have taken steps to manage transmission risk: Enhancing hand-washing and hygiene procedures, including increases in cleaning of surfaces / areas. Use of PPE where needed.

“We will be publishing more details and will keep you updated on all of our Health and Safety procedures.

“We look forward to welcoming you back to our pub! If you would like to book a table or if you have any concerns or questions, you can contact us DM!

“Team Mill cannot wait to see you all soon!”

The Devon Dumpling, Torquay,

“We will open at noon on Saturday July 4.

“We as a team will ensure that all government guidelines are followed at all times and our aim is to make sure all staff and customers are safe when using the pub whilst still having a good experience.

“On arrival it is OPTIONAL to ask for every Customers details (name, address & contact number) on the door by a member of staff before being seated. This is up to 21 days for the track and trace system the government has in place.

“Customers will be required to use our fixed sanitising station by the front door before entering. There are also multiple sanitising stations located around the pub for you to maintain this on your visit.

“We ask you to keep 1 metre away at all times from other customers and staff.

” We will be monitoring how many people will be in the pub at one time if we reach capacity were the 1 metre cannot be done we will kindly ask you to wait outside the front of the pub and use a one in one out system.

“You can only reserve a table in doors and will be only able to have it for 2 hours so please arrive on time…. we will be taking bookings from 10am Friday 3rd of July…

“We understand everyone has missed the social aspect of pub life so arriving without booking may mean waiting a little while. (Please be patient)

“We ask you to only order in front of our protective screens and table service will be encouraged and avaliable to ensure no congestion and adhering to the 1 metre rule at all times. If you are not infront of the screen you will not be served. Contactless card payment is preferred however we can take cash payments.

“Please order food in the same way (table service is encouraged and will be avaliable ideally). Cutlery & single use condiments for food will be brought out with your meal it will no longer be on the table.

“Once finished please leave dirty glasses and plates on the table- Do Not sit on any dirty tables as they will need to be sanitised and cleaned before being used again or may be booked out after.

“Please bare with us with this new way as we will try our upmost hardest to serve you as quickly as possible but also following guidelines ourselves behind the bar!

“Sadly at this time sitting at the bar and standing throughout the pub is strictly prohibited, therefore we will kindly ask you to sit at a table that isn’t reserved we will have plenty of tables around our beer garden and just outside the front of the pub also.

“All Staff will have protective equipment provided to them and our cleaning regime will be heightened for the safety of customers and staff.

“Any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in contact… Even whilst visiting if you are not sure please just ask and we will explain to you on your arrival.

“We kindly ask all of our customers; PLEASE follow the guidelines as close as possible to ensure we get the Dumpling back up and running in this new way efficiently safely and as quick as possible.”