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Stuart's Message


Coronavirus Update (01.07.20)

The weeks seem to fly by, but it is very encouraging that each week there are positive steps forward in our quest to ‘Survive’, ‘Revive’ and ‘Develop’. We are still in ‘Survival’ mode but are also into the ‘Revival’ stage. ‘Development’ is still some way off and we will continue for some time to have to take steps which will ensure our pubs, our brewery and our customers survive. The announcement that pubs can reopen on 4th July is a big help!

It is frustrating when so much is outside our control. The main worry is that not only does the country come out of lockdown too quickly, but too many people flout the regulations, as seen in Bournemouth and London recently. As you will be aware, Leicester has also gone into second lockdown. It is important that we do all we can to have in place the appropriate precautions, mainly because we need to ensure that customers feel safe and secure going to the pub again. It may take time, but with the right precautions, the right offer and hard work, pubs will thrive once again and be able to demonstrate the massive importance they play serving communities. I think people will only realise how much they have missed pubs, when they start to use them again.

Most of our pubs will be reopening on July 4th, particularly those pubs which can make the most of their beer gardens and from then on it will be a gradual process towards operating fully once again.

We are starting to bring some members of staff back to work at the Brewery, who are needed for practical tasks to help get pubs open and beer delivered. Procedures have been put into place at the Brewery to help ensure that, not only are we Covid-19 compliant, but that people feel safe at work.

The beer ‘Revival’, has been in great demand and Scott, our brewer, is doing all he possibly can to boost production. But we will not rush the yeast; we have to be sure that the beers we are brewing are a perfect match to the pre-Corona brews. We will then start introducing our other beers, focusing on Triple XB and Gold. We are actually confident that the match of XB to pre-Corona brews is bang on already, but yeast can be moody, so we want to ensure that we have consistently good matches!

Once again the warehouse looks like a working warehouse, as opposed to an empty aircraft hangar and Telesales are busy taking orders.

So the telephones are ringing, beer’s being brewed, stock’s in the warehouse and deliveries are being made.

To loosely quote Churchill (not that dog off the insurance Ad’s), we might now be at the beginning of the end.

Keep smiling!

All the best,




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