Summer Bar Safety Guidelines

Launch night on Saturday 4th July – SOLD OUT
Reservations for Canopy Bar tables to open from next week

We can’t wait to welcome you back to Hogs Back Brewery to enjoy a pint of Brewery Fresh Beer from one of our bars this summer.

For our launch night on Saturday 4th July, we will welcome guests to our new ‘Hop Hanger’ where our hops will be picked, dried and packed. This evening we will be testing a safe, socially-distanced way to enjoy a fresh pint straight from our brewery cellar. We would really welcome feedback so we can improve it ready for our Canopy Bar opening on Thursday 9th July, and then the new ‘Old Kiln Bar’ replacing it at the end of July.

Please take the time to read our simple guidelines for this launch night, which we will adapt with our learnings and feedback from the opening night visitors ahead of opening the Canopy Bar:

Ten safe steps to beer heaven…!

  1. All bookings are taken in advance online (no walk-ups we‘re afraid) and the booker needs to keep contact details of all who were on their table for 21 days after in case Track and Trace need to follow up…we are aiming to ensure that doesn’t happen by asking everyone to be mindful and use common sense with hygiene.
  2. Please queue at the welcome desk (green striped tent by large green hanger)– start times staggered to minimise queueing. Please choose your first drinks from list [below, and] on signs.
  3. You will be checked in and given a table card, to display in the holder on your table.
  4. The other members of the party move to the service table to collect their chosen beer and glasses, already paid for with the booking. We will also be selling wine by the glass or bottle, and soft drinks. Please pay for extra drinks at the same time (use contactless if at all possible). We are testing glass returnable flagons which we intend to wash and reuse to reduce plastic waste -please do not take the flagons away.
  5. After that, our servers will keep an eye on all the tables and when you want to order additional drinks, please signal to them. They will take the order and payment, and bring the drinks to you. We will clear empty flagons and if you are changing your drinks, we will bring clean glasses. Please stay at your table. We are not able to serve people from the bar this evening.
  6. Tables can seat a maximum of 6 and are all 2m+ from each other – two tables can be pulled together if same household unit or grouping, but no more please.
  7. Temporary loos have been placed at the front of the Old Kiln. These will be cleaned during the evening and contain washing facilities, and additional hand sanitiser will be available outside.
  8. No smoking inside the hop hanger and please smoke away from other tables outside, in the designated area.
  9. Children are very welcome if fully supervised by their parents but do need to stay at their allocated table and they may therefore get bored after a while! Dogs also welcome but need to be kept on a lead and please clear up after them. Unfortunately the grassed area and pond are part of the working farm and have some dangers, so please keep all members of your party away.
  10. We will be serving fresh Wood-fired pizzas from Stromboli Pizzas on the evening. Individuals will be asked to go up to place their order and then return to their tables to wait to be called up for collection.

We are also hoping to have live music nights in due course but they are not permitted at present.

We hope you enjoy the evening despite these Covid based restrictions….and if you do, please send some photos or comments on social media. Feedback and new ideas welcomed.

Thank you for the support of your own local brewery, and do please also support your local pubs in these challenging times…we now know how much we will miss them if they go!

Rupert Thompson, Owner, Hogs Back Brewery

And please don’t forget…

  • Our very succesful Drive Thru’ is continuing and you do not need to pre order or pre pay – just drive up and we will serve you as quickly as we can.
  • Also, if you live in most postcodes within 25 miles of the Brewery we will now deliver direct to your home, free of charge for larger orders.
  • We will shortly be introducing an exciting new ‘Brewery fresh flagon’ service – more information to follow.
  • The Old Kiln Bar will open in August – more information to follow.
  • Please let your friends know about us, and on the website we have introduced a £10 ‘introduce a friend’ reward.
  • And finally, sign up at [….] or join the Tongham Tea Club to receive our regular mailings and news of special offers and events.