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6th July 2020

Anspach & Hobday’s The Pigeon and Croydon Taproom Are Re-Opening For On-Trade Sales Of Craft Beer With Social Distancing And Online Booking Function

Inline with the latest government guidelines, Anspach & Hobday’s London venues will be reopening from Saturday 4th July for table-serviced drink-in draught craft beer.

The Pigeon, our Camberwell craft beer bar & bottle shop, will be open from Saturday 4th July and The Croydon Taproom from Saturday 11th July.

We are adhering to government guidelines whilst operating, ensuring that patrons are seated at two meters where possible, with tables adequately distanced also. We’re delighted to introduce table service at these venues. Each venue will have its own rules and these will be appropriately communicated to guests upon arrival.

We have had to innovate and adapt and to ensure a seamless booking and drinking experience, we are partnering with OpenTable to facilitate our bookings online. Through OpenTable, we are able to accurately record people’s information within GDPR guidelines, safely manage demand, the timeflow of bookings and ensure the safety of our staff and customers.

We’re proud to be partnering with OpenTable as our industry begins to face new challenges as we begin to return to normality. OpenTable is currently running trials for bars within London, and we’re incredibly proud to be their only brewery / craft beer case study. Through the use of OpenTable, we aim to ensure we are adhering to best practice as seemlessly as possible.

Due to the government guidelines, tables may only be composed of people from the same household. To ensure we act as safely as possible, we’ll require the name of everyone in a party. Once a spot is confirmed, patrons will be prompted to ‘add people’ to their booking, so we can accurately record the name of every customer.

We will accept drop-ins on a case-by-case basis, although booking ahead of time is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Drop-ins will be required to provide their information through Open Table too, so we can accurately record their details and hold them in a secure fashion to adhere to GDPR guidelines.

Due to the size of the venues, The Pigeon will have no more than 20 guests at any one time and The Croydon Taproom will have no more than 30 guests at any one time.

Of the return of On-trade, Jack Hobday, co-founder of Anspach & Hobday, said ‘We’re overwhelmed by the support we have had during the crisis – thank you to our supporters and customers! You have kept us going and given us the opportunity to adapt. We are equally thrilled to be reopening to provide our customers with fresh drink-in draught beer again! It is going to be a little different but with the measures we have in place, our fantastic staff, table service, our great selection of beers and wines, we believe we really can offer a special experience and one that we know has been sorely missed by all during lockdown. We’re following every bit of advice we can, and I hope this can be a turning point for our industry.’

The Pigeon came to Camberwell Church Street in October of 2018 and has since become a neighbourhood purveyor of craft-beer, wine and cocktails. The bar has ten-lines of draught beer, along with classic board games, darts and a PlayStation One.

The Croydon Taproom is Anspach & Hobday’s newest venue, opening in March of 2020. The Croydon Taproom is situated right next to the tanks, right in the heart of where the beer drunk there is produced.

Anspach & Hobday in particular are known for their diverse range of beers, inspired by traditional styles remade for the 21st century beer drinker, brewing everything from historic ales and porters to experimental sours and IPAs.

Founded in 2013 by childhood friends Paul Anspach & Jack Hobday, A&H are undergoing rapid growth following a successful round of crowdfunding early in 2019. Anspach & Hobday are best known for their flagship beer, The Porter. The brewery epitomises London craft beer brewing traditional styles made for the modern drinker.

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