From Saturday 17th October, Essex will move to Tier 2 or High level restrictions. This means that unfortunately only members of the same household, or one other adult forming a support bubble, may meet indoors.
Any bookings from Sunday 18th October will be affected by these new rules. We will continue providing table service only, and closing the pub at 22:00 as per existing rules.
Please remember that you must wear a face covering (which covers both your nose and mouth) when entering or leaving the pub, as well as moving around the pub.
We thank you for your continued support during these difficult times!
Our Wednesday morning Coffee Shop will be opening again on 26th August, serving coffee and cake from 10am to 12pm. We have a limited number of tables which have been placed for social distancing and a table service will be in operation. There is no need to book but if you would like us to reserve you a table please message us on firstname.lastname@example.org . The Post Office and Library will also be open. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
Please note payment is by card only (no cash).
We do hope you are all well and missing us as much as we are missing you. I can’t believe it has been over three months since our doors were open to customers. We wanted to let you know that discussions are underway for the re-opening of the Great Bromley Cross. The Committee have been meeting regularly to review the situation which changes by the week.
We are taking advantage of the closure to carry out some improvements to the Pub which we had already scheduled. These include some improvements to the cellar and a new bar front and a few mod cons fitted into the bar area such as a glass washer and ice machine which will make our volunteers happy. We have been keeping our costs to a minimum, to continue to maintain our strong financial position which has been supported by a small grant from the government.
We had so much planned for VE Day on 8th May but we are hoping to run this event as and when we are able. Thank you to Linda and Steve for taking the trouble to put up the bunting. Thank you also to our garden maintenance team who have attended to the plants while we have been shut.
You may have seen that The Cheese and Pie Man comes along on Friday mornings. This will continue for the foreseeable future so if you haven’t already tried one of their pies pop down between 9am and 2pm. They also have a large selection of cheeses.
The recent announcement that pubs can open from 4th July was good news, but there is a lot of rules and regulations that need to be adhered to. We are working on a plan to implement these with a view to opening our doors on Friday 31st July. In the interim, we are proposing to offer a Takeaway service from Friday 10th July. Details will follow next week on opening times, ales available and procedures for ordering and collection. The COVID opening regulations mean that our need for volunteers is greater than ever.
We hope to be in a position to tell you about how we will be opening and what will be required of you to come into the pub next week.
We look forward to seeing you all before too long and will be in contact soon with an update.
The Management Committee
On Saturday 10th August a group of 50 people set off for the annual Newmarket Races trip from the Pub. The weather was not too good with the winds blowing at 40 mph but the rain did hold off until we had finished our picnic. A good time was had by everyone but there were not too many winners backed. It was all back to the pub on our return for a delicious chilli and jacket potato courtesy of Vanda and Amanda. A big thank you to Paul Francis who arranged the trip.