Hogs Back Brewery is opening a new Summer Bar overlooking its hop garden on Friday (10th July). Robust social distancing and hygiene measures will ensure customer and staff safety.
The bar will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm to 10pm during July, with additional trading days planned for later in the summer.
Guests reserve their table on the Hogs Back website, and pre-pay for a flagon of beer (3.5 pints), which they choose on arrival from: Hogs Back’s flagship TEA (Traditional English Ale), Surrey Nirvana Session IPA, Hogstar lager, Hog IPA, Hazy Hog cider or its newly-launched East Coast IPA. Local food stands will also be present.
Table service will operate, with guest arrival times staggered to maintain social distancing. At a trial run of the new bar for Tongham TEA Club members on Saturday, Hogs Back served more than 200 guests over the course of the evening.
Rupert Thompson, Hogs Back’s owner and managing director, said: “We think our Summer Bar is the ultimate pub garden — where else can you enjoy a pint of beer overlooking the hops that are used in our beers, just yards from the brewhouse where they are brewed? Hopefully, we have plenty of balmy summer evenings ahead, so guests can sit outside and watch the hop bines flourish until harvest in September.
“We were delighted with our trial run on Saturday, with our loyal TEA Club members enjoying their first pint of ‘proper’ draught beer for 14 weeks. Operating under the Covid-19 guidelines clearly presents some challenges, but everything went smoothly and we will, of course, continue to prioritise the safety of our customers, while also creating as sociable an atmosphere as possible.”
He added: “For those who are still feeling cautious about venturing to our bar, or the pub, we’re continuing to offer our beers via our contact-free drive-through service at the brewery, or home delivery, including brewery-fresh draught beers, to thousands of addresses in Surrey.”
• Opening times are likely to extend once staff and customers adapt to the new systems — check details at www.hogsback.co.uk