The Woodsman in Stratford on Avon is going to be one of the first restaurants in the UK to re-open to diners, with a date of July 8th confirmed in line with the current Government timetable for lifting restrictions.
Opened last year, and winner of the Good Food Guide Best New Entry 2020, The Woodsman situated on historic Chapel Street is famed for its use of game, wild and foraged food and great British ingredients, much of which is cooked over flame.
“Because of the spacious layout of The Woodsman, including private dining areas, a large terrace seating 40, and by re-purposing the bar area and other spaces, we are really in a better position than most restaurants when it comes to ensuring that all our guests can feel safe and welcome when they return to dine with us,” says Mike Robinson, Owner of The Woodsman.
“Lockdown has caused so much disruption to the hospitality industry, and I know how challenging it’s going to be for restaurateurs everywhere to be able to operate under the social distancing and hygiene guidelines, we’re very lucky to have the space options to give us the flexibility. The Woodsman can ensure proper distancing between tables while still having an amazing atmosphere.”
And for those who live outside Stratford on Avon, there is a special offer for overnight accommodation at the Hotel Indigo, which adjoins The Woodsman. For all those who have booked a meal at The Woodsman, they can have special room rates at the hotel starting from £89.00, less than half the usual rate.
The restaurant team has been following governmental guidelines which will allow The Woodsman to reopen a safe environment for both guests and staff. The measures which they have now put in place have been implemented to create a dependable and comfortable experience.
They will be serving a smaller number of guests, so that they can be following the advice of 2m of social distancing where possible. Where social distancing is more difficult and 2m would cause a detrimental effect to the guest experience, they will have additional control measures in place.
All reservations will need to be made by telephone so that a member of The Woodsman team can explain in more detail their new policies and procedures, and they will not be able to offer any tables of walk-ins or have the bar area open to the public however a comprehensive cocktail and wine list will be available for guests dining in the restaurant.
The Woodsman has always maintained a very high level of hygiene throughout and this will continue. Furthermore, the team will be undergoing additional training in line with government guidelines and will continually monitor all public areas to ensure guest safety.
The Hotel Indigo is planning on reopening on July 4 and will be fulfilling the IHG Clean Promise, complying with stringent guidelines, setting up controls in public spaces during a gradual re-opening, offering new check in processes, and sanitising and disinfecting all areas.
To make a booking at The Woodsman, please call 01789 331535. If you want to reserve accommodation at the Hotel Indigo at the special rate, this will need to be booked with the restaurant at the same time The phone lines will be open Monday – Friday 9 – 5pm.