As you’re probably already aware, the rules and laws around the pandemic are changing significantly in July.
First, whilst masks and social distancing are no longer legally required, they are still very much recommended. We are recommending those measures to our staff and volunteers and we are also recommending them to our customers – until seated. So if you’re moving around the inside of the building, waiting in the queue or engaging with staff at the till we (and they) would very much appreciate it if you could follow those requests where you’re able.
Secondly, table booking is not essential. We are back to our normal complement of seats inside and there’s lots of outdoor seating both on the patio and around the cliffs, tunnel entrance and surrounds.
Finally, there are no restrictions on group sizes either indoors or out.
Well this has been a long lockdown… We’ve been operating as a takeaway since the beginning of November 2020. We had to effectively cancel Christmas and find new ways to deliver Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day menu options (thank you everyone who made purchases for those events – the support was incredible), but now it would seem like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
For starters you can now sit outside with one other person and socialise, chat, eat and drink. It might not sound like much, but it’s a start and it only gets better from there…
March 29th expands that one person up to 6 or from one other household.
From April 12th, non essential retail will reopen and we have a fantastic new range of gifts, jewellery, art and models that we can’t wait to display. We will also be allowed to serve tables of 6 outside with proper food on proper plates – no more takeaway only options.
On May 17th the rule of 6 moves indoors and our interior seating will reopen with brand new tables in order to make the most of the space and ensure social distancing between tables. Outside you can have groups of up to 30, so we hope to see the return of the West Kent Veteran’s Breakfast Club and the outdoor space will also be available for evening hire for groups of up to 30.
And finally on June 21st (hopefully) everything should return to normal with all remaining restrictions lifted.
We are currently open Monday to Saturday 09:30 – 14:30 and will look to extending both the hours and the days as the lockdown eases. Our facebook page @pantrychatham is a great place to make sure you’ve got the latest information.
We, like many venues are still being affected by the current pandemic and the changing information and advice from both central and local government. The current guidance is that:
Group bookings of more than 6 are not allowed.
We will not open beyond 10pm for private hire events.
Face masks should be worn by staff at all times and by customers when not sat at a table.
Customer information for the purposes of Track and Trace should be taken. You can scan the QR codes inside the venue in order to do this.
Please note that this guidance is likely to change with little to no notice, we will do our best to keep everyone up to date.
Should the situation deteriorate we will revert to takeaway only business while possible. Closure is very much our last option, but if that is the responsible thing to do then of course it is what we will do.