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  1. moorings open at the mo yes, no charge currently as no one allowed to stay overnight.
  2. thanks pal, going to be a long slog to get through this. I also think many a pub will go under, many will play the system and just come back like nothing has happened without recourse but that is life. cheers! to fighting the good fight!
  3. cannot comment on councils overall job but frustrating thing was we only had the scrutiny because of positive press coverage whereas a lot of other venues have done what they wanted and got away with it. we have provided toilet facilities since the council ones are shut and also offered up extra bins for people visiting as the council ones are inadequate.
  4. nope afraid not. the rules state ALL food and drink must be consumed OFF the premises. so that should be stopping every pub from allowing it. People can choose to sit in fields and on land nearby but we are not allowed to provide any seating or facilities on those areas. I have heard all sorts of crazy ideas of leasing and sub letting land and furniture to get around this. Its madness. This way or working isn't ideal but certainly better than nothing.
  5. and PS. yes we are open for takeaway food and drink selling fresh beer when people are struggling to get hold of any! But we are doing so withing the government regulations and in conjunction with advice from local council.
  6. hi all! been away trying to salvage some sort of business from this covid -19 **** show! greenhouse will have safety glass and probably a lining also. custom made benches and they are over sized to create a spacious feel. Nothing is perfectly safe but should be good. Already had a raft of people try to book them and they aren't even here yet! here is hoping we all make it through this and can have a great summer next season! until then we are doing food and drink takeaway stay safe all and feel free to message me with any queries cheers rick
  7. thanks mouldy, certainly is a bit dire at the mo but we are trying!
  8. cheers howard, i loved my 5 minutes of fame apart from the fact every government office phoned me the next day it seems to tell me what i can and cannot do ....fun!
  9. AN OPEN LETTER FROM TEAM LION AT THURNE Thank you all for the support we have received since our opening in late may. We have now closed for work to commence on finishing the refurbishments ready for us to open for Easter time. These include secondary toilets, lobby area, new windows, fascias and guttering, staff area, new septic tank, new gas tank, secondary garden space, car park and a few finishing touches internally. Contrary to rumours we are not closing permanently but at the same time we made the decision to close earlier than planned as it wasn't financially viable to stay open any longer without getting the rest of the work done. This year has been a tough one with ill health (myself/family/staff), chef crisis after chef crisis, equipment failure, building issues and general poor luck. We have struggled our way through and have not always been at our best and we apologise to any customers we have let down this year. We have a clear idea of what we need to do going forward and are already hard at work trying to address all of the areas brought up by various people this year. This business has been the toughest challenge I have ever undertaken and it has nearly cost me my other pub in the process but we will not be beaten. Thank you to all of my amazing staff that have worked so hard to get us through. Hope to see you all next year! Rick & Staff
  10. i have ran town center pubs and there are many incidents with stray darts and pool cues we have a dart board in our 'top bar' at the white horse no room for pool tables though yep we offer it at the lion as well, normally have 26 ale, lager, cider choices but this weekend we have 32! we always offer a sample, it lends itself to what we do very nicely
  11. i love you poppy! haha. I just shouted at my manager the other day for ordering a marstons beer in (pedigree). never order from them or greene king.
  12. you would like our farrier 4.5% rich malty best bitter (6 grains, dark brown, english hedgerow hops) or our etty ann malt 3.7% low bitterness, good body, caramel notes. I brew these regular but this time of year we can't keep up
  13. no pool table or dart board, dart board will probably come when we renovate the other side of the pub. pool table may go into the arcade next year Moorings have had around 13k spent on them to make them safe and usable for the next few years. Our side is currently free and the farmers side is £4 overnight. Next year there will be a charge both sides of £5 TBC as we will be renting the farmers side. Thanks, the menu has started to expand and be tweaked already. We are nearly back up to a full kitchen team so we can tweak a bit more soon. I am awaiting some dosh to come in and i can then get a few soft furnishings to hopefully help with that. I may brew an 'Old fashioned Mynah' as one of my Christmas beers :) I have 'BASS Ale' on this weekend for our beer festival :) i need to make up a range of merchandise i think
  14. we are carefully monitoring the situation just as we have done previously at the white horse. in 3 and a bit years we have only had one large male group be unruly which resulted in someone throwing up everywhere but surprisingly when i thrust a mop into the hands of the groom he cleared it up no bother. we are hoping due to our offer we don't really attract such large groups as firstly we don't sell stella etc and most rowdy groups come in realise we are focused on craft beer and ale, have a couple and then toodle off to somewhere a bit more mainstream such as the ferry at horning (no offence meant).
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