Article was also published in the August 2020 Edition of the Tollerton Newsletter.
We’re so pleased to announce that after over a year of hard work The Air Hostess is finally open again!
It’s been a long journey from Everard’s announcing the sale last year, to us raising £165,000 as a community to finally completing purchasing the pub and extending the building.
There’re still a few jobs to do with finishing off the beer garden and terrace, but the inside of the pub is looking fantastic. We’ve been so impressed by the hard work put in by TurnerFox Construction, Ian Kershaw, Tracy Longworth and the many volunteers who have support the Management Committee in getting the work done.
The Big Day
The Air Hostess Community Pub opened its doors to customers for the first time on Monday 6th July 2020. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying the pub, including the brand-new extension – which has made social distancing within the pub a lot easier to manage. Initially Mark and Rachael were only serving drinks, however food has now been served since the 13th July.
We know some people will feel more comfortable drinking and dining outdoors and so we’re working to get the terrace and outside space ready as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help turn this around. At the time of writing we were waiting another week for the garden to be ready so initially some of the car park will be made available for customer seating.
We want to move customers into the garden as soon as possible to open up the parking space for cars and avoid any parking problems – but we can’t do this too soon as the turf is still getting established.
Covid 19 and Visiting The Pub
Now we appreciate that visiting the pub at this time is a personal decision. But for those ready to venture out, safety policies have been put in place to keep everyone safe. Following the guidance released by the Government, this includes;
- Completion of sign-in sheet, in line with the NHS Test and Trace – this is a temporary record of customers/visitors kept for 21 days in line with GDPR
- Indoor gatherings of groups should be made up of no more than 2 households
- Tables and chairs must not be moved from allocated positions
- Customers accompanied by children are responsible for supervising them at all times and should follow social distancing guidelines
- Please use the provided hand sanitizer
- Follow the one-way system around the pub
- No booking is required to drink in the pub, but if the pub is at capacity you will be asked to queue outside
- Further policies around using the outdoor spaces will be provided once these areas open.
Whilst we are all getting used to the new way of working, Mark or Rachael will be meeting customers at the door to remind you of the above and explain any changes in accordance with Government advice.
Lastly, we’d like to give you all a sneak peek into the NEW menu! We’re all excited to give it a try. Please visit the new pub website for more information – www.theairhostesstollerton.co.uk
Please note for the first few weeks all tables must be BOOKED prior to your arrival and within one of the following time slots:
12.00 – 2.00pm
2.30 – 4.30pm
5.00 – 7.00pm
7.30 – 9.30pm
12.00 – 2.00pm
2.30 – 4.30pm
This is to allow the staff to clean the environment between sessions. Bookings can be placed telephone, please call 0115 648 0439. The above information was correct at the time of writing, in case of changes due to Covid19 please check the website for up to date information.
We hope you enjoy your new community pub!
Whilst we all continue to manage life with Covid 19, some things have had to be put on hold and we are sorry that initial launch events for the pub had to be so low key. Saving our local and launching it as a community pub are tremendous achievements, and we hope that you are all as proud of this as we are. When the time is right, we still plan to celebrate and we’ve had some initial conversations with Mark and Rachael about organising something for shareholders next year.
In the mean time, we’d like to share with you a special thanks to all our initial shareholders and those who have made the pub happen. This ‘wall of names’ takes pride of place on the wall of the pub next to bar. It lists the names of everyone who invested and wanted to be publicly listed.
For those on social media, you can now follow The Air Hostess Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/theairhostesstollerton, run by Mark and Rachael for the most up to date information on the pub. We will continue to share updates on the Flying Club’s Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TollertonCommunityPub, or website – https://tollertontrust.org.uk/