After today’s government press conference this is a publicans reply. (a view shared by many)
The statement advising people to avoid pubs is the worst thing the prime minister could have said.
He’s leaving it up to us whether we close, effectively handing the leadership of this crisis over to publicans to decide how fast or slow the virus spreads – a decision we are utterly incapable of making, partly because we having no fucking idea, and partly because voluntary closures don’t attract any support from insurance or other sources.
So if we close, we probably go bust. But if we stay open we might not survive a drop in trade anyway, and we face the prospect of feeling responsible for the spread of disease amongst our customers.
I’m furious right now. We’re trying to work out the right thing to do, but we can’t possibly win here. Every publican will be feeling the same.
Please don’t blame those who stay open, or denounce those who close.
Either way, they probably don’t feel they’ve got any choice.
With all that is going on in the world at the moment with this virus that is going around, I just wanted to let you all know what we are doing at the pub to make it safer for everyone.
Please be assured that the pub is always cleaned everyday of the week, with antibacterial products so it is always clean and relatively (as much as possible) germ free.
The situation as far as we know is that for the near future we will be staying open, but obviously this will be open to change as the government takes measures to control the spread of the virus.
As for now we do have a few casualties to our events calendar, which are as follows.
- 24th March Pete Bettany Open Mic is cancelled
- 31st March Nilsen’s Southern Harmony is cancelled due to the having to cancel their UK tour
- 4th April Rattlehead cancelled
We are, for obvious reasons keeping an open mind on if we open the outside bar and pizzas due to the current situation we will however hopefully have a decision by next Monday
I will of course keep you all informed about any further developments via our web page and social media.
If in the meantime we can help any of our local community with anything, supplies or a even just friendly voice to talk to please do not hesitate to ask or call us.
Please stay safe and in good health.
They are coming back with a bang………
As from Saturday 30th March and all through Spring and Summer we shall be serving our delicious Wood Fired Artisan Pizza to eat at the pub, in the garden or to even takeaway through our online ordering system.
To compliment this we are also starting our popular cocktails again after their success last summer.
We have a new Cocktail Menu with a weekly special to tickle your taste buds too.
Lets forget this dreary weather and start heading towards the sunshine head on.
A massive thank you to Colleen for trusting us to plan her mum Tinas birthday party in the Hideout.
It was a great afternoon and evening I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
A few Pictures of the ladies
The Hideout is available for all types of meetings or parties, to discuss your specific requirements please call Kerry or Paul on 07425 432332.
This is a copy of the press release that Heineken have sent out about our success in last nights awards.
LOCAL RESIDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR REVIVAL OF FORSBROOK PUB
The licensee of The Roebuck at Forsbrook has received a prestigious national Newcomer of the Year Award from Star Pubs & Bars for his success in transforming the previously little-used pub into a thriving hub of the community.
Stoke born-and-bred Paul Collins had his first ever pint at the pub aged 18 and became a life long customer. On retirement from his gas delivery business, Paul began helping out at The Roebuck to keep busy. When the licensee left, regulars – who were concerned for The Roebuck’s future – appealed to Paul to take it on.
Since taking the helm in summer 2017, 61-year-old Paul has invested £40,000 into the pub and transformed its fortunes, winning back former customers and attracting residents who had never been in before, including senior citizens and many more women.
The judges were bowled over by Paul’s achievements calling them “nothing short of amazing” for a person with no previous experience of running a pub. In just eighteen months Paul has redecorated the inside and created a stunning all-weather garden complete with an outside bar, wood-fired pizza oven and a stage. With no café in the village, Paul has added a tearoom above the pub, which provides a popular meeting place for the village’s senior citizens.
Under Paul’s stewardship, the pub has become a focal point of Forsbrook life. The Roebuck hosts a myriad of activities to bring people together from quiz, film and music nights to bingo and a senior citizen’s ‘Seventy to Plenty Club’. The judges noted how The Roebuck helps the village mark significant occasions too. It recognised Remembrance Day in Forsbrook with a bugler sounding the Last Post at commemorative gates commissioned by Paul to honour fallen soldiers at The Roebuck. And, at Christmas, there was carol singing and a visit from Santa.
The judges also commended Paul and the customers for The Roebuck’s fundraising, which has already donated in the region of £10,000 to different charities over the years such as Douglas Macmillan Hospice and The Donna Louise children’s hospice. Amongst other initiatives, Paul led the drive to raise £2,500 to fund a village defibrillator – now installed at The Roebuck – and the pub has raised £4,500 for the British Legion over the past few years.
Paul was presented with his award by actor, comedian and presenter Joel Dommett at a gala ceremony at the five-star Luton Hoo hotel in Bedfordshire.
Says Paul: “I’d retired and didn’t plan to take over my local but half way through my first bar shift I realised I loved it. Seeing people enjoy themselves, makes me happy; I wish I’d done this 30 years ago. I never in my wildest dreams imagined The Roebuck could be so successful. It has been a team effort with the village and the customers, so this award is for them too. They get on board with everything we try and are incredibly generous in donating to good causes.”
Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director: “We were blown away by The Roebuck and Paul’s talent, energy and passion for the job. The Roebuck is an outstanding pub with a brilliant atmosphere where customers are assured of a warm welcome, some great craic and a laugh as well as extremely good food and drink. It’s all down to Paul. It’s a remarkable accomplishment for somebody new to the industry.”
Some good news, work will be starting soon to rectify the damp issue we have upstairs.
In the meantime I am pleased to say that we will be offering a shortened menu of our delicious food in the lounge of The Roebuck from 10am to 2pm every Mon to Fri from Mon 3rd Feb
This menu will include,
- Daily Specials
- Our fresh homemade Sandwiches and Toasties
- Our Breakfast Toasties
- Kerrys homemade Scones and Cakes
- Our award winning speciality Tea
- A range of freshly made Coffees and Chocolates.
Don’t forget all the above items will be available take away too.
And best of all no stairs.
Hopefully see you soon.
Cheers Kerry & Paul