Outdoor seating is back!

As part of our ‘phased’ approach to re-opening, Barnaby’s outdoor seating will be available from this Saturday. Sadly, the weather gods look like they may have something to say about it this weekend, but we’re going to try anyway! If there is a table available, please sit down and then send an emissary up to the till to place your groups order. We’ll bring your coffees out to you.

The takeaway service will operate as normal.

There are restrictions still in place for meeting people outdoors (rule of 6, social distancing etc), so please be mindful of those while you are visiting Barnaby’s. If in doubt, one of our wonderful volunteers will help you. 

‘Trial days’ announced

The easing of Government restrictions this week allows for non-essential shops and business to open.  Because Barnaby’s is such a vital hub for our community, we are now finalising a plan with the help of the PCC that ensures we can open Barnaby’s as safely as possible, particularly so far as the rules on social gathering are concerned.

Our intention is to run two “trial days” on Saturday 24th April and Saturday 1st May between 10am and midday. Both days will feature a takeaway-only service. The outdoor seating will not be available. We sincerely hope that you will support our trial dates by coming along to enjoy a lovely coffee!

When might Barnaby’s return?

Since the Government posted their roadmap for the easing of restrictions, the BBT have been considering how and when Barnaby’s might reopen. In short, we are very much looking forward to 21st June when it is expected that all the legal limits on social contact will be removed. That is the point at which Barnaby’s will be able to safely return to its rightful place as a vital hub for our community.

The Government roadmap proposes a series of steps that lead up to 21st June. Indeed, we could potentially launch a restricted outdoor service as early as 12th April. So as that date approaches, we’ll be able to tell you more about our plans, guided by whatever is required in order to operate as safely and as successfully as possible. Until then, please stay safe.

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We remain closed

In order to protect our volunteers and our customers, Barnaby’s will not re-open as planned after Autumn Half Term. This follows the announcement of a nationwide lockdown that will begin on Thursday 5th November.

There is no telling when we’ll be back, but we’ll post details here when we are ready to do so. In the meantime, please keep yourselves and your families safe.

Sitting outside? Here’s what you need to know.

As the guidelines for businesses like Barnaby’s tighten up, we want to be clear about the rules that apply to those enjoying our outdoor seating area. This will allow us to continue to provide the service you enjoy:

  • Barnaby’s now has 1 table that seats 6 customers, and 4 tables that seat 4 customers. Please wait until one of our volunteers can seat you at a table suited to your size of group
  • It is not possible to reserve a table
  • If a table is not available for your size of group, please do not move our tables or chairs
  • Once seated, do not move to a different table from the one at which you were originally seated
  • You can remove your mask when you sit down. Put it back on again when you get up, and ensure you are socially distanced when you do so

Most importantly, please respect the requests of our volunteers, particularly if a table is not immediately available for your size of group. With your help, we’ll be able to continue giving you the service we know you want.

Volunteers. We need your help!

If you have volunteered at Barnaby’s, you’ll have recently received an  email from us asking if you’d like to help with our new takeaway and outdoor seated services. Many of you have replied.

Barnaby’s doesn’t work without people like you, so if you have not received the email, please write to hello@barnabys.coffee and us know. If you have received it and not replied, please get in touch.

Barnaby’s set to re-open this Saturday

We’ve waited a long time to say this, but we’re back!

At 1000 on Saturday 12th September, our new takeaway service will be launched, alongside a new “seated” service in our extended outdoor area. Both services have been extensively tested within the rules we must all now follow, and our volunteers look forward to serving you.

As you might expect, things will be a little different when you arrive. If you wish to be seated outside on one of our tables of 4,  wait until we can offer you a table. Use the hand sanitiser while you wait. Once seated, we’ll take your order and bring it out to you. Payment will be by contactless only.

Our takeaway service uses a strict one way system, which is clearly marked. Your coffee will be available from the window on the East side of the building.

This is all a bit strange for us too, and it couldn’t be done at all without our amazing volunteers. Please be patient with them and do as they ask. Our intention is to run a Saturday service every week with a restricted menu, to which we will add Thursdays and Fridays in due course.

 

Volunteers trial new takeaway service

Yesterday, Barnaby’s volunteers were invited by the BBT to “be a  customer for the day”, in order that they could trial a new takeaway service. The trial day was an important first stage in our phased approach to re-opening, bearing in mind the unique layout of Barnaby’s and the community we serve.

The trial day was a great success, and we are now evaluating the things we learned in order to prepare for a full launch of the service in September. Details will be announced here shortly. Thank you to all the volunteers who took part. It was great to see you again!

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