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Hatchet gives us first taste of new normal

The Hatchet was the first pub in Newbury to reopen today, welcoming customers from 8am this morning.

The Spoons pub has introduced an outdoor queueing system with signage showing where to stand.


There was a welcome speech from security staff to guide customers on what to do and where.

As well as sanitiser on arrival, and throughout the venue, there was also arrows pointing in which direction you should walk and the NHS track and trace form.

This is available next to the menus at the entrance asking for lead member's name, phone number, arrival and departure time.


All ordering was done via the app with limited interaction with staff.

The set up is new for everyone, staff and customers, but the Hatchet has done a top job making it both safe and as hospitable as it could.

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