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Changes from 19th July

We have given much consideration to the important changes coming to us all on 19th July: how do we continue to serve our Community, keep our staff safe and support the move towards normality?

  1. We will continue our hygiene regime, with hand sanitiser available for all.
  2. Face coverings will not be mandatory, however we very much welcome customers to continue wearing them if they wish.
  3. We will be retaining our protective screens.
  4. Most importantly for us, we have taken the decision to maintain social distancing in the shop so will continue with the restrictions on numbers – that is 5 in the Shop and 2 in the Post Office.  The aim is to prevent a ‘crowded’ shop.

Customers are welcome to use our outdoor seating – tea, coffee & hot chocolate available, as well as lots of goodies to accompany!

We are aiming to strike a balance of progress with caution. So we hope our customers can support and respect us through this transition and continue to follow our protocols – we will, of course, monitor and review continually.

Customer Numbers

We have decided that now feels an appropriate time to begin to relax our restrictions on numbers of customers in the shop. So, from today, 24th May 2021, we will welcome up to 5 customers in the shop and 2 for the Post Office. This should still enable social distancing and all our other safety measures will still remain in place.

A small step forward on the road to normality – thank you all for continuing to follow our requests and keeping customers and staff safe.

10th Anniversary

The ‘New’ shop was officially opened on this day in 2011. We held 10th birthday celebrations in the car park on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th May with a glass of Prosecco and a fairy cake for every customer.

In the run-up to our anniversary, we compiled a 10-day countdown on social media. This described the ten things that contributed most to the shop’s success in its first decade. To see the countdown, click here.

New English Wines

Just in.., three new wines from Brook Hill Vineyard , a family-run vineyard just down the road in Bramshaw.

“Brook Hill Still White 2020” (50% Bacchus, 25% Ortega, 25% Chardonnay): Floral and fruity aromas with some tropical flavours – all coming through on the palate with a well-balanced acidity. A delicious wine for the summer.

“Brook Hill Still Rosé 2019” (75% Dornfelder and 25% Pinot Noir). Bronze medal: Independent English Wine Awards 2020. A lovely ripe rosé wine, with stone fruit flavours especially cherry coming through, and a delightful hint of smoke.

“Brook Hill Sparkling Rosé 2017” (50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir): A sparkling wine with a beautiful pale golden blush. There are citrus aromas and flavours of nectarine and honey, with a refreshing finish – deliciously drinkable!