Taproom Evenings

SEPTEMBER UPDATE: After two thoroughly lovely Tap Rooms in July and August, we’ve had to take the decision that we won’t be able to have another one until either the weather is more reliably good, or physical distancing changes, so hopefully sometime next spring. This is because we don’t have enough shelter for everybody to maintain safe physical distancing if the weather is bad, and our set up is too informal to make bookings practical. Obviously we’re sad about this, but everybodies safety has to be paramount.

We are SO looking forwards to reopening our monthly Tap Room, on Saturday July 18th 2020, when we’ll have Woolacombe Rye and Clamoak Bitter on tap and all our other OrignAles and current SeasonAles available in bottles. We’ve really missed the Tap Rooms and are so looking forwards to seeing everybody. We’ll be open from 4pm, and will be closing promptly at 9pm. (August’s Tap Room will be on Saturday 15th, 4 to 9pm)

Our hope is that our Tap Rooms can keep that same jolly, mellow, friendly and welcoming atmosphere that they’ve always had, while we manage the extra measures needed to keep us all safe at the moment. We hope you can all come along and have a lovely relaxing time!

We have a small outdoor covered area next to the brewery shed and plenty of outdoor space in the orchard and hop garden. We have some seating, but you are very welcome to bring along your own chairs or blankets to sit on, or stand if you prefer.

We are not able to offer parking at the brewery for Tap Room evenings, so you’ll need to park elsewhere and walk up. It’s easy to get here on the train from Plymouth, Calstock or Gunnislake – a 15 to 20 minute walk up from the station, and around 12 minutes walk back.

Our Tap Rooms are family friendly and we love welcoming people of all ages. We love it that many of our beers are really enjoyed by people that tell us that they ‘don’t drink beer’; however we do have red and white wine available, along with Apple Juice, Elderflower Cordial and sparkling water for Soft Drinkers and children.

For the time being, whilst things are different and we need extra space by the brewery for a 1 way system, please could we ask for NO DOGS to be bought along.

COVID 19, Things you’ll need to know.

If we all stay safe, everyone will feel comfortable enough to come, we’ll feel happy, confident and able to keep opening our Tap Room again, and our brewery will live to brew another day.

Part of the conditions for our opening are that we provide those coming along with information on

  • how to stay safe in line with current Government guidance,
  • the extra things we’ll have in place for keeping us all safe,
  • and how all our lovely customers can best help us to do so.

So a huge thank you for taking the time to have a look through the following.

Are you well?

If you have any suspicion that you are developing symptoms of Covid 19, or anyone that you have been in contact with is, please don’t come. If all goes well, there’ll be more Tap Rooms to come and we’ll look forwards to seeing you another time.

Who are you coming with?

We are allowed to welcome groups of no more than 6 from different households, 2 households together, or a household and a support bubble together. We are obliged to ask larger groups not to form, but as a Tap Room we are not limited to only 30 people being here at a time.

2m Physical Distancing

We have loads of outdoor space, so lets use it! Ours must be one of the easiest places to keep 2m distance whilst queuing for drinks or sitting out in the orchard or hop garden. There will be people here who have been shielding or self isolating, so though some may feel comfortable at 1m with mitigation, many will not. We are sure that our lovely customers will understand and want to respect that, so 2m it is! We want EVERYONE to feel safe and happy to stay here, and confident to come again.

What if it’s raining!

We’ll be open as usual, but please be aware that we can’t provide shelter for everyone and still maintain 2m physical distance. Dig out your best umbrella, cagoule and wellington boots!

Do we need to wear masks?

As an entirely outdoor venue we don’t require people to wear masks. And the recommendation is that customers don’t wear gloves, as frequent handwashing and alcohol gel are much safer for everybody.

Buying that Beer!

There’ll be a beer list to collect for your group at the entrance

First, find yourselves the place you want to sit or stand (2m away from any other group) – you’ll have to use the one way system to cross the front of the bar.

This is to prevent a bottleneck of people to close together outside the brewery

Then decide on what you all want, and send 1 person from your group to join the 1 way system to buy at the brewery shed

There’s alcohol gel at the brewery door to use before ordering, and we’ll be keeping a safe distance from you

Apologies, for the time being it’s safer not to offer the tasting samples as we usually do

1 person at a time at the bar, and we’ll offer contactless card payment or cash, and there’ll be trays if you need one

We’ll be following our hourly cleaning and sanitising regime, so please excuse us if there is a pause while we do!

Please use the green crates you’ll see lying around for finished with trays, glasses and beer lists for us to collect and clean

What about the toilet and handwashing?

One person only at a time into the house for the toilet, or the additional handwashing sink by the door

Alcohol gel to use before going in

Hand wash on the way out, and more gel if you like

And the voluntary NHS Test and Trace system?

We’ll be offering a guideline compliant ‘no-tech’ system, which can take contact details of 1 person per group. It will stay unopened and completely private unless we are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, and will be destroyed after 21 days

Although we are too small to be obliged to write down our risk assessment, we have done so, and anyone is welcome to see it. We’ll be changing and amending how we do things over the coming months if we assess there to be a better or even safer way, or if Government guidelines change again.

And most important of all?

A huge and heartfelt thank you again for all the support we’ve received from our tremendous customers through what has been, and will continue to be such a difficult and challenging time for so many.

We hope you’ll feel safe enough to come along for a bit of peace and mellowness in all the madness, accompanied by a glass or 2 of good beer!