Opening Thursday 9th July
Hello and phew!
Glad that’s nearly over….
Anyway, it’s good to be getting back to work (seriously, it is!). We’re glad to say we’re nearly there – just a few jobs left before we welcome you back. We’ve missed the buzz of the Market as well as the fun and the structure of a proper working day.
So, when are we opening?
We’ll be back with our aprons and hand sanitizer on Thursday 9th July at 11am.
What’s on offer?
For the first week it will be the open balcony (turn right at the top of the central stairs) for take-out and table service: lovely little breakfast menu; tea & coffee; soup & sandwiches; 2 daily salads; and some of our delicious savoury dishes of old. Cakes of course. And wine if you want it!
Opening Times (updated 13 July 2020 and subject to change)
We are serving breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee and cakes on the Balcony (right at the top of the central stairs). Table Service. No bookings. Take away available.
The dining room is closed for now, but we are taking bookings for August.
Phased re-opening – why?
We’re going to ease back slowly, balcony side first – we’ve had to make some changes here and so we need to figure it out as we go. Plus, we want to make sure all of our customers feel safe and happy, along with the team. As elsewhere, things have changed, so stick with us while we find our feet. Once we get the hang of it all, then we’ll open the dining room (week 3). *Please note, we will take bookings in advance for lunch beginning Thursday 23rd of July. Just ring and we’ll get your name in the diary.
Covid-19, Health & Safety
Rest assured Farmgate Café is adhering to HSE & English Market guidelines: we are coming back as a small team; we will ensure social distancing, and there will be a 1-way system in and out of the café. Hand sanitizer will be available, and the team will be fully prepped and trained before we get going.
Furthermore, we will update all our training and operational measures (weekly) as per HSE and government announcements – so expect changes along the way.
We are operating a one-way system, while also limiting numbers entering the café (as per Market guidelines). We will work efficiently and safely in order this runs as smoothly as possible.
Here’s how it works, step by step:
- Please follow one-way system entering and exiting the café: ENTER USING THE CENTRAL STAIRS ONLY
- Please sanitize hands at the entrance to the Market (Prince’s Street Gate /Grand Parade Gate), and then again when entering the café (there will be a sanitizer on the central stairs).
- Please follow social distancing guidelines, and please wait to be shown to your table
- Exit by Prince’s street stairs
We are very appreciative of your support and understanding during this time. And for all the lovely messages over the last few weeks.
Thank you sincerely,
Team Farmgate Café