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Trading Update

15th December 2020

It is with a heavy heart & great sadness that Beerhouses has had to make the decision to not open the pubs until the hospitality industry is allowed to open restriction free as opposed to the rules for Tier 2 or Tier 3. Therefore, irrespective of the Tier announcement this week we will not be opening again this year.

After much consideration of the restrictions, the figures and the way the government are handling this pandemic we feel we have no other choice. The way pubs work and for the health & wellbeing of our team we cannot be on tenterhooks every fortnight waiting to see what Tier we are going into and opening and closing at short notice.

Pubs don’t work like that and Real ale definitely doesn’t work like that!

We have investigated the ‘substantial / plated table meal’ way to be open and have found that this is not viable, it would only jeopardise our business further as well as creating unnecessary food waste.

We therefore have decided our only option is to cut our losses & stay closed until the restrictions are lifted and we can trade normally as pubs, we hope that you understand the reasons behind this very hard decision.

We want to apologise to our local breweries, suppliers & contractors, taxi firms, musicians, charities and other associated businesses that we will not be able to support through the next few months but we feel we will have a better chance of survival if we do this.

We would also like to thank our dedicated team of staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the summer, conforming to all the added guidelines and all extra work that was put upon them to keep everyone safe – they did a fantastic job in very demanding circumstances and lastly…

A massive thank you to all our loyal customers who have supported us over the years and throughout the nightmare of 2020, we truly hope you understand the decision we have had to make.  

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and (fingers crossed) a very Happy New Year!

Please continue to support local pubs and breweries where you can and we hope to see you soon.

Beerhouses

Covid-19 Update

Just a quick update. All the pubs remain closed due to the government lockdown which is due to end on 2nd December. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will look to open as soon is allowed wherever possible, probably with a reduced beer offering until brewers are back brewing a variety of beers and confidence returns. Please keep an eye on our social medias for more up to date information.

Team Beerhouses

West wins again

The West Riding was celebrating again in August as Heavy Woollen CAMRA voted it Pub of the Year once again, following up last years win. It is just reward for the hard work that Carole, Lucy (cellar manager) and the team of super skilled staff put into picking, conditioning and serving the best there is to offer in UK cask ale. There is always great beer on at The West and as our reputation has been for 26 years throughout we’ve won quite a few awards for our beer. There will be a presentation night when this is allowed and we hope to see you there where a great pint will be guaranteed.

West Riding Opening News

The West Riding is delighted and excited to say that we will be opening on Tuesday 14th July at 4pm.

Carole and the team are delighted to be coming out of our enforced hibernation and we are looking forward to welcoming our lovely customers back.

We have been working hard to ensure that you can come and enjoy a pint with us in a way that is safe for both staff & customers, without compromising our traditional pub atmosphere.

For our opening week, Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th July, we will be advising you to make bookings wherever possible. This will ensure we can manage the flow of customers, make any necessary tweaks to procedures and allow the staff to get back up to speed. Bookings are not essential however due to reduced capacity inside the pub they are advisable.

After the first week, again bookings are not a requirement but are strongly advised. To ensure safe distancing between tables we have had to reduce our capacity and all customers will be required to have a seat and there will be no seating or standing at the bar. That means once we are at capacity we will have to turn customers away therefore book a table to avoid disappointment.

To book a table email manager.westriding@beerhouses.co.uk or call us on 01924 459193. If you message us on social media please do not assume that means a booking is made until we get back to you to confirm.

You’re sure to have lots of questions. We’ve done our best to answer them below:

FAQs

What precautions are you taking to keep people safe?

We have been working hard to make The West Riding is as safe as possible and have put many new procedures in place.

The key new policy is that we have reduced our capacity and all customers must have a seat whilst they are at The West. This will ensure we can easily control the numbers of people in the building. Groups will be at least 1m+ apart, more where feasible. Separate doors to enter and exit the pub will ensure smooth flow of customers and table service will stop the need for customers to congregate around the bar.

By the entrance and exit, and by the Ladies and Gents, there are hand sanitiser facilities for customers to use.

Cleaning is of course a top priority and staff have been fully trained to ensure the pub is always clean and safe.

Finally, we will ask at least one member of each group to provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace.

What will the pub experience be like?

In many ways The West will be just the same. The same great drinks in the same lovely old traditional pub. The buzz of conversation over a pint of cask beer, that we’ve all missed so much during lockdown, will be just the same.

The two most notable changes will be that all customers will have a seat and you will order drinks from your table rather than going to the bar.

Do I need to book?

No, you do not need to book however it is strongly recommended. Since capacity is limited

we strongly recommend booking if you can. All customers are required to have a seat so if we have none available we will have to turn customers away. Best to book and avoid disappointment!

What tables are available?

We have tables available for between 1 and 6 guests inside the pub.

You can also book a table in our beer garden which has been extended both out the front and onto the stage for between 1 and 6 people. Note: Some of these tables are not undercover so you will be exposed to the elements.

What about the toilets?

Both the Ladies and Gents toilets will operate on a one-in-one-out system with well defined safe distanced queuing. Staff will clean the toilets at 20-minute intervals.

Can I smoke?

If you book a table in the beer garden you can smoke. Smokers who are seated inside will not be able to go into the beer garden to smoke as this risks infringing on our safe distancing measures, there are designated areas outside for smokers coming from indoors.

What about payment?

We encourage customers to order and pay on our new app when available or use contactless payments. We will continue to accept cash but wherever possible please pay via contactless.

What about the quiz and other events?

Our Monday night quiz we hope will return at the usual time on Monday 27th July. Once we are up and running more events will follow.

Test and Trace?

The Government has asked us to collect contact details for NHS Test and Trace. As such we will ask for the contact details of at least one member of each group coming to The West. Whilst we will ask every group this is not mandatory and if you do not wish to leave contact details you do not have to. All your information will be held securely as per our GDPR policy and will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. Please refer to our ‘Privacy Notice’ on our website for more details.

What about Dogs?

We are a very dog friendly pub. There is no change to the policy that all dogs are welcome that are well behaved, on a lead and not on the furniture. However you must also ensure your dogs do not block the taped walkways so as people can safe distance.

What are the opening hours?

The current situation is very fluid and we will have to adapt and change over the coming weeks and months. Our initial opening hours are given below but this is likely to change as we get a better picture of what the situation will be.

 

Tuesday 14th July: 4pm – 10pm

Wednesday 15th July: 4pm – 10pm

Thursday 16th July: 4pm – 10pm

Friday 17th July: 12pm – 11pm (last admittance 10pm)

Saturday 18th July: 12noon – 11pm (last admittance 10pm)

Sunday 19th July: 12noon – 9pm

Monday 20th July onwards TBC

Cricketers – Opening News

We are very pleased to announce that The Cricketers will re-open at 4pm on Thursday 9th July.

Jo and the team are delighted to be coming out of our enforced hibernation and we are looking forward to welcoming our lovely customers back.

We have been working hard to ensure that you can come and enjoy a pint with us in a way that is safe for both staff & customers, without compromising our traditional pub atmosphere.

For our opening week, Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July, we will be advising you to make bookings wherever possible. This will ensure we can manage the flow of customers, make any necessary tweaks to procedures and allow the staff to get back up to speed.

We will be closed on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th July and will then reopen fully from 4pm on Wednesday 15th July.

From that date, again bookings are not a requirement but are strongly advised. To ensure safe distancing between tables we have had to reduce our capacity and all customers will be required to have a seat and there will be no seating or standing at the bar. That means once we are at capacity we will have to turn customers away therefore book a table to avoid disappointment.

To book a table email cricketers@beerhouses.co.uk or call us on 01924 267032. If you message us on social media please do not assume that means a booking is made until we get back to you to confirm.

You’re sure to have lots of questions. We’ve done our best to answer them below:

FAQs

What precautions are you taking to keep people safe?

We have been working hard to make The Cricketers is as safe as possible and have put many new procedures in place.

The key new policy is that we have reduced our capacity and all customers must have a seat whilst they are at The Cricketers. This will ensure we can easily control the numbers of people in the building. Groups will be at least 1m+ apart, more where feasible. Separate doors to enter and exit the pub will ensure smooth flow of customers and table service will stop the need for customers to congregate around the bar.

By the entrance and exit, and by the Ladies and Gents, there are hand sanitiser facilities for customers to use.

Cleaning is of course a top priority and staff have been fully trained to ensure the pub is always clean and safe.

Finally, we will ask at least one member of each group to provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace.

What will the pub experience be like?

In many ways The Cricketers will be just the same. The same great drinks in the same lovely old traditional pub. The buzz of conversation over a pint of cask beer, that we’ve all missed so much during lockdown, will be just the same.

The two most notable changes will be that all customers will have a seat and you will order drinks from your table rather than going to the bar.

Do I need to book?

No, you do not need to book however it is strongly recommended. Since capacity is limited

we strongly recommend booking if you can. All customers are required to have a seat so if we have none available we will have to turn customers away. Best to book and avoid disappointment!

What tables are available?

We have tables available for between 1 and 6 guests. For groups between 7 and 18 people we have two side rooms that can be booked for your exclusive use if adhering to all safe distancing guidelines.

You can also book a table in our beer garden which has been extended into the car park for between 1 and 6 people. Note: most of these tables are not undercover so you will be exposed to the elements and outside tables must be vacated by 10pm at the latest. We now have seating outside for 40.

What about the toilets?

Both the Ladies and Gents toilets will operate on a one-in-one-out system with well defined safe distanced queuing. Staff will clean the toilets at 20-minute intervals.

Can I smoke?

If you book a table in the beer garden you can smoke to your heart’s content (and your lungs dismay). Smokers who are seated inside will not be able to go into the beer garden to smoke as this risks infringing on our safe distancing measures. Instead they will be able to smoke outside at the front or side of the building and away from the entrance & exit.

What about payment?

We encourage customers to order and pay on our new app or use contactless payments. We will continue to accept cash but wherever possible please pay via contactless.

What about the quiz and other events?

Our Wednesday night quiz we hope will return at the usual time on Wednesday 22nd July. Once we are up and running more events will follow.

Test and Trace?

The Government has asked us to collect contact details for NHS Test and Trace. As such we will ask for the contact details of at least one member of each group coming to The Cricketers. Whilst we will ask every group this is not mandatory and if you do not wish to leave contact details you do not have to. All your information will be held securely as per our GDPR policy and will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. Please refer to our ‘Privacy Notice’ on our website for more details.

What about Dogs?

We are a very dog friendly pub. There is no change to the policy that all dogs are welcome that are well behaved, on a lead and not on the furniture. However you must also ensure your dogs do not block the taped walkways so as people can safe distance. Also note that the dog treat jar will be out of action to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and ensuring safe distancing from the bar.

What are the opening hours?

The current situation is very fluid and we will have to adapt and change over the coming weeks and months. Our initial opening hours are given below but this is likely to change as we get a better picture of what the situation will be.

Thursday 9th July: 4pm – 10pm

Friday 10th July: 3pm – 11pm with last admittance at 10pm

Saturday 11th July: 12noon – 11pm with last admittance at 10pm

Sunday 12th July: 12noon – 8pm

Monday 13th July: Closed

Tuesday 14th July: Closed

Wednesday 15th July: 4pm – 10pm

Thursday 16th July: 4pm – 10pm

Friday 17th July: 3pm – 11pm

Saturday 18th July: 12noon – 11pm

Sunday 19th July: 12noon – 8pm

Monday 20th July onwards TBC

Beerhouses – Pubs Openings

Hello Everyone,

We at Beerhouses have been working hard over lockdown to ensure that when the time came to re-open the pubs that we could do it in a manner not only that is safe to do so but also where the offer and experience is right for you, our fantastic customers. Having carefully considered the risks and the feedback we have received we have decided to take a safety first attitude to open our pubs in stages and learn as we go. This will give us the opportunity to ensure our policies and practices work and are safe, test out new methods of working and ensure that everything we do is bang on! It will also give us the chance to ensure our staff are fully trained on working safely and that the return to work is done with their health & well-being in mind.

This schedule is a work in progress and is subject to change as we learn from each opening and guidance may change. However today we are really excited to announce that:

The Sportsman & The Cricketers will open on Thursday 9th July. More details on times, booking tables and what to expect will follow early next week.

We then hope to open The West Riding week commencing July 13th and then Stalybridge Buffet Bar & Idle Beerhouse w/c 20th July if all goes well.

As stated, these dates could be subject to change and if there are to be any changes to this we will let you know via our website & social media channels.

We are really excited about re-opening our pubs and seeing you come back in, please support independent pubs & brewers and we can then get back the social element that you can only get in a pub, a real pub, selling great beer (and other drinks)!

Team Beerhouses

#longlivethepub #supportindepentpubs

www.beerhouses.co.uk / @beerhousespubs / e: feedback@beerhouses.co.uk

Beerhouses – Preparing for Trading

Beerhouses – Preparing for Trading

Hello all, just to fill you in on some of the things we have being doing in readiness for reopening our business after the COVID-19 lockdown. These steps have/are being taken to ensure that we have taken every precaution to protect our staff, our customers, our suppliers and anyone else we may come into contact with as we start to reopen our business.

With regards staff – just some of what we have been doing includes

We have surveyed all our staff to collate information, understand their worries or concerns and to gather feedback on how they feel and what we could be doing for them, currently over 85% of staff completed our survey.

We have created and trained out to all staff a COVID-19 workbook that includes our new and updated policies and requirements on cleaning, keeping safe, safe distancing and safe ways of working.

We have created a risk assessment that understands the staff needs to reduce the risks. This has been shared with all our staff and will be available to view on our website prior to opening

All managers have had mental health awareness training and we have created a simple mental health pack with links to guidance and advice that is available to all our staff. Some of our team have also have completed the Mental Health First Aid course via the very wonderful Licensed Trade Charity

With Regards Customers – just some of what we have been doing includes

We surveyed our customers via social media and received over 700 responses which has tailored our thinking and decision making towards our offer whilst understanding the needs of the anxious, nervous & vulnerable.

We have fully risk assessed our pubs and in line with government guidance have created a plan and our own Guidance for Customers (aka The Rules) to try and ensure safe reopening. These will be available to view on our website prior to opening.

We have fully deep cleaned all areas in our pubs and will have increased sanitation / cleaning options for customers and clear defined cleaning procedures for each of our areas.

We have ensured, wherever possible, that seating areas are socially distant as per guidelines both inside and out, we intend to have an ordering app, will encourage use of contactless or app payment and will be doing table service

Plus loads more….

Also may we take this time to say that we are a small independent group. We have a fantastic team of skilled, dedicated and loyal staff who are doing their very best in very difficult circumstances. We don’t have millions to help us through this situation and are learning as we go, so please can we ask you to remember this. If we make a mistake or something doesn’t appear to be working please let us know so we can fix it before you social media or review site it, we are as new to this as you.

Please can you also try and remember that we are publicans and bar staff rather than experts in virus control. We are following the guidelines as set out to us by the government so please don’t get frustrated if your understanding of households, groups and bubbles is different to ours. The decisions we have made on groups, bookings and size is based on our understanding of the advice so please be patient with us, we are doing all we can at this time to ensure a safe return to ending restrictions whilst controlling the risks of spreading COVID-19.

We hope to announce our opening plans later today (26th June) see please keep an eye out for these

Many Thanks – Team Beerhouses

www.beerhouses.co.uk / e: feedback@beerhouses.co.uk / Find us on Socials @ beerhousespubs

Sportsman 10 Year Presentation

Last week was a proud moment for The Sportsman as Huddersfield CAMRA presented manager John Fletcher with an award for 10 consecutive years (ever present) in the Good Beer Guide.
The Sportsman has been a regular award winner since it opened its doors in April 2009. Firstly under the stewardship of Sam Smith (of The Corner now) for 5 years followed by John for the last 5 years.
Congratulations to all involved who have helped make this Huddersfield Real Ale institution what it is and continues to be.

West 25 Draws to a close

What a 12 months that has been….
It’s early January 2019 and the West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms is packed to rafters to celebrate turning 25 years old. It is also the night that the West25 Charity Challenge was launched with the specific aim of raising £10000 for three great local charities, namely – Kirkwood Hospice, Candlelighters Trust & Ben’s Music Foundation.
The idea behind the challenge was to give back to the local communities that are at the heart of Beerhouses pubs. Beerhouses are proud to be at the heart of local communities, employ local people and use wherever possible local brewers, producers and contractors and as such see the great work these charities do for our friends, families and customers. Beerhouses felt it important that they gave something back after 25 years and as such we set the ambitious challenge of raising £10000.
There have been numerous challenges undertaken in a bid to raise this money as well as many other smaller in pub events. The key Charity Challenges included doing the 3 peaks, climbing Snowdon & Scafell, walking from Stalybridge Buffet Bar to the West Riding and cycling the Liverpool to Leeds canal. Sarah Barnes, Director of Beerhouses took on all these challenges and was joined on them by a selection of team members, customers, friends & family and finished every single one.
The pub commissioned a calendar for 2020 featuring staff & customers in familiar situations from through the years with photographs kindly taken by local photographer Jason Batley, there was a book sold that was written by Christine Wood and set in The West Riding as well as numerous smaller in pub events which all brought in some good funds including Beerhouses Office manager Clare Cleverly & her husband donating their time and petrol during Sober October to provide a donation only taxi service.
As well as celebrating 25 years trading The West was celebrating again after winning Heavy Woollen CAMRA pub of the year. Since the West’s inception this has been an award that has been won on many occasions due to the quality & range of the cask ale it sells. This also played a big part in the charitable efforts as a beer brewed in collaboration with Elland Brewery was sold throughout 2019 with 10p from every pint going to the fund. ‘Line Four’ proved to be a best seller and raised over £2500 from the pints sold.
Barry Shaw, Sales & Operations Manager for Beerhouses Pubs is proud of the effort that all the staff, friends & customers of the West Riding have put in during 2019 for the Charity Cause.
“We are delighted to say that we beat our tough target of £10000 to be split amongst our three great charities, as it stands we have raised around £10300 with some still to come in. The effort some people have put in has been extraordinary and just goes to show how much people care and how good pubs are at raising money for charity. I would also like to thank some of our suppliers such as Elland Brewery, Cave Direct North & Timothy Taylors for their help and donations throughout this year as they have really helped us hit our target.
There will be a presentation to the charities on January 23rd at The West Riding, when there will also be a presentation by CAMRA in recognition of The West’s 25 consecutive years (& ever-present) in the Good Beer Guide and everyone is welcome to help us celebrate the year.
For more information about Beerhouses, The West Riding or any other Beerhouses pubs & events as well as charity updates please check out www.beerhouses.co.uk or out Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages.

First Battle of the Bands on Platform 3

By now you’re all aware of ‘Platform 3’ at the West Riding – our outside stage where we host live music, DJs and open mics all summer, every summer.

Year to year Platform 3 continues to grow and expand it’s scope, and we are very proud to have become part of a thriving live music scene in Dewsbury and beyond.

But to stay relevant we need to keep an eye on who’s coming up, that’s why we are hosting our first Battle of the Bands this year. We want to find the best of our local talent and give them a platform (3). The winning band will receive £500 in Beerhouses tokens and will be given a paid gig on Platform 3. You will also become part of our network of musicians, meaning opportunities to play at any of our 6 pubs in the future.

A backline (including drum kit) and sound man will be provided, you will just need your instruments and breakables.

E-mail events@beerhouses.co.uk with the subject header ‘WestBOB’ for more info or to get an application form.