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Yours and our teams’ wellbeing is absolute priority, and you can be assured that as always health and safety has our complete attention. While it’s so important to us that when we re-open from 10th July, we are here to welcome you back with The Drift hospitality that you’ve come to expect, we will be ensuring all preventative measures are in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19.

For some time now, we have been working extremely hard, re-thinking and re-imagining how we can continue to provide the best experience for you when we re-open, while keeping yours and our teams’ wellbeing in mind. From this we’ve prepared and implemented new guidelines that build on our long-standing cleanliness and safety procedures.

You can read more about the measures we have in place below.

Garry Baldwin, Managing Director and team

Making your booking

1. Our restaurant, bars and garden will be open for socially distanced dining, Wednesday – Sunday, from 10th July. To help, we will need to limit the number of guests at one time.

2. You can book a table through our OpenTable booking platform, by emailing [email protected] or by calling us on 02380 292342. We require you to pre-book before arriving.

We kindly ask that you keep to your booked times, to ensure all guests can enjoy their visit at a safe pace.

3. Should you have special requirements, please let us know before you arrive so we can make necessary preparations.

4. If you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms, we ask that you please call or email us to postpone your table booking.

Please note, your contact details may be used for the governments test and trace service, in the interest of keeping us all safe.

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Drift welcome

We are still providing the warm welcome you’d expect from us, it’s just things may look a little different.

1. If you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, please do not visit us at The Drift as this puts other guests and our teams at risk. Instead we ask that you call or email us to postpone your table booking. Please note, any of our guests displaying Covid-19 symptoms may be asked to leave.

2. We have put in place new signage on arrival and throughout detailing new guidelines and directions for one-way routes, to help protect you and our teams. Upon arrival, please wait to be seated, where a team member will show you to your table.

3. You will find we have put in place new floor markings, so we can all keep our social distance and follow the government guidelines.

4. Sanitising stations are placed throughout key areas , at the entrance, outside, and at exits for you to use as throughout your visit.

5. We will be carrying out extensive cleaning of high touch points throughout the day and evening – all of which will be checked by our Covid-19 ‘champions’.

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Restaurant, bar & garden

Our spectacular forest location and large spacious garden, means on warm and sunny days, you can enjoy safe outdoor dining. But whether you’re dining outdoors or in, we will be following government social distancing guidelines at all times.

1. All of our menus will be available online – you’ll just need to scan the QR code on your table to see our menus. If you prefer, we have single-use menus available; these are recycled after use.

2. Indoors in both our restaurant and bar, we will be providing table service at all times. We have removed seating from around the bar to help keep this area clear.

3. If you’ve opted for a table outside, we kindly ask that you order your food and drink from our garden bar. We have created a separate collection point for your drinks, while a team member will bring your food to your table when ready. We have put in place new floor markings to help with keeping a safe distance should there be a queue.

4. To help you, other guests and our teams maintain a safe distance, we are limiting the number of guests at one time and have positioned tables further apart. We kindly ask that tables are not moved.

5. We’ve adopted a new ‘contactless’ approach to avoid the handling of cash, so we will only be accepting debit or credit card payments for the foreseeable future.

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Guest washrooms

1. Our guest washrooms are checked regularly, and we have disconnected our hot air hand dryers in favour of use of disposable paper towels.

2. We respectfully ask that if any of our washrooms are busy, you wait until a safe distance can be maintained.

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Our Drift team

Guest-facing or behind the scenes, our team remain at the heart of what we do. This is all new to us, and yours and our teams’ wellbeing is our absolute priority, but we want you to know The Drift hospitality you’ve come to expect is a very, very close second.

As we continue to follow all advice and recommended implementation, we ask for your patience as we re-think, re-imagine and re-learn many traditions of hospitality.

1. All of our teams have undergone additional hospitality-focussed training on the prevention of Covid-19. We have also ensured all relevant teams have re-taken food hygiene and health and safety certification, keeping this at the forefront of their mind.

2. All team members, suppliers and visitors will need to complete a Covid-19 survey, certifying their Covid-19 neutral status and zero contact with those symptomatic of the virus.

3. We have put in place a new handling process for deliveries, with disinfection of external packaging prior to ambient, chilled, or frozen storage.

4. Any team members with Covid-19 symptoms will be instructed to follow government guidelines including to self-isolate before returning to work, where a return to work survey will be required.

5. Frequent hand washing, hand sanitising stations and new routes back of house are all in place to keep contact limited and practices safe.

6. Recommended PPE will be worn for team members when social distancing is not possible.

7. Our kitchen team will be allocated sections with social distancing in place.

8. Our new guidelines for team and guests is displayed in our back of house areas and available on our Covid-19 hub. This is updated, and refreshed regularly, followed by continued training and development, to ensure the health and safety of all of us.

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