Firstly, may we take this opportunity to thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for continuing to support us through these testing times. Whether that was by utilising our meal delivery service during lockdown or by coming back to visit us once we reopened. It really does mean the world to a small business to have the support of the local community and we are humbled by your kindness, and willingness to adapt to the new normal.
In light of the recent government regulations concerning the hospitality industry, we would like to let you know what we will be doing to keep you, our staff and the wider community safe.
Since we reopened in July we have provided hand sanitiser at all entry and exit points, initiated table service, utilised a one way system around the building and implemented a rigorous cleaning regime. We have also insisted our customers take part in the track and trace system which was, until now, voluntary.
The new guidelines have set new rules by which we must abide by law. We will continue with all the measures listed above however there will now be a requirement to wear a face covering when moving around the building (it can be removed to eat and drink when sat at a table). We have placed posters around the building containing a QR code compatible with the new NHS Tracing App, which can be downloaded here https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19/ . For those unable to utilise this app we will continue with the paper based system that has been in place since July.
We are currently in tier two restrictions. To enable us to comply with the regulations we, like most businesses, have made some amendments to the way we are doing things from today.
Firstly, 2nd December 2020 sees the start of our Festive Menu. A delicious selection of dishes to suit all tastes and occasions. It includes a mixture of old favourites, new flavours and traditional festive fayre with something to tempt everyone. This will be available at lunch and dinner time daily apart from Sunday lunchtime. We have also added festive options to our usual Sunday Lunch menu for those that want to add a bit of sparkle to their traditional roast.
Alongside this, we are introducing a Bar Menu which will satisfy the requirement to serve alcohol only alongside a substantial meal. We know that our customers have come to expect only the very best food from The White Lion and we do not intend to alter that, whatever the circumstances. To that end we will offer a small selection of simple, delicious meals from 12 noon until 10pm. The meals will be tasty, hot and filling and, at only £4 per serving, reasonably priced. There will be a minimum of three choices available at lunchtime between 12-2pm and dinnertime between 6-10pm with a rolling rota of a single option available between 2-6pm (as we only have front of house staff on duty during this period). We will still be offering our light bites menu of jacket potatoes and paninis at lunchtime which also satisfies the substantial meal caveat.
Once again we would like to thank our customers, friends and staff for all the support we have been shown in recent months and look forward to seeing you all soon.
Take care, stay safe,