The Lord Raglan opens its doors once again for drinkers and din­ers

The Wokingham Paper - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

IT’S WOK­ING­HAM’S new­est pub, and it barely had had a chance to show­case it­self be­fore the lock­down hit. Now it’s re­open­ing and it’s had a re­fur­bish­ment of its re­fur­bish­ment in or­der to en­sure that it’s covid­se­cure. The 180-year-old Lord Raglan in Wok­ing­ham’s Den­mark Street is the Big Smoke Brew­ery’s lat­est ven­ture. It of­fers a range of qual­ity, freshly cooked food, along with beers – many of which it has brewed it­self – and wines. The com­pany had only been open for 10 days be­fore the Gov­ern­ment or­dered pubs to close. It car­ried on serv­ing take­aways and, thanks to a part­ner­ship with De­liv­eroo, de­liv­er­ies through­out. It re­opened on Satur­day, with fewer ta­bles, ta­ble ser­vice and an on­line or­der­ing sys­tem. And to help things even more, there’s a re­duced menu and a smaller range of good­ies at the bar, with a prom­ise to in­crease them as the lock­down con­tin­ues to ease. The one thing that hasn’t changed has been the warm wel­come. Rich Craig, di­rec­tor of Big Smoke Brew Co which owns The Lord Raglan, said: “We’re ab­so­lutely thrilled to be open again. It’s a bit dif­fer­ent to how we are used to op­er­at­ing but our staff and cus­tomers have been ex­tremely un­der­stand­ing of the changes that we’ve had to make to En­able us to op­er­ate safely. “We had a very calm re­open­ing and cus­tomers were just happy to be back in the pub again. “We’ve been pleased with how we’ve traded so far and are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing more peo­ple in as the days and weeks progress.” Ta­bles can now be booked and are avail­able in two-hour slots, this en­sures that they can be cleaned thor­oughly so no one need worry about pick­ing up the coro­n­avirus. Food and drinks can be or­dered by scan­ning a QR code on a menu us­ing smart­phone, or by vis­it­ing the Big Smoke’s spe­cial app. You just need to make a note of your ta­ble num­ber. And if you’re one of those peo­ple who hate the self-ser­vice check­outs at the su­per­mar­ket, you’ll be re­lieved to know that The Lord Raglan’s team will be on hand to take your or­der. The menu in­cludes its fa­mous Big Smoke Burger, a ve­gan ‘Lamb’ Burger, a Home­made Pie, Big Smoke Beer bat­tered haddock, or Dry Aged Rib-Eye steak. Roasts are avail­able on Sun­days, with chil­dren’s por­tions avail­able. There’s plenty of tempt­ing desserts in­clud­ing Oreo Donuts, Choco­late Brownie, Mango Sor­bet and Ve­gan or Dairy Ice Cream. “We’ve set up an on­line or­der­ing plat­form that means there is much less con­tact be­tween cus­tomers and staff. It’s gone pretty well but some peo­ple pre­fer the old ways, of course,” Rich says. And the Raglan’s take­away ser­vice has been a big hit through­out the lock­down. “It has been a very in­ter­est­ing time for us as a com­pany,” Rich said. “Ob­vi­ously, the pubs have been shut but our brew­ery has been very busy with home de­liv­er­ies. “Lock­down has al­lowed us to re­ally look at how we op­er­ate and how best to serve our cus­tomers, so some pos­i­tives have come out of this.” And be­ing a brew­ery means that the lock­down time has been an op­por­tu­nity for them to cre­ate some new beers for peo­ple to en­joy. It won’t be long be­fore cus­tomers will be able to try them. “We’ve been very busy brew­ing new beers, with one launched ev­ery few weeks at the mo­ment,” Rich said. “It’s been a great way to keep our home de­liv­ery cus­tomers in­ter­ested in what we do and also keep­ing the brew­ing team en­gaged and ex­cited.” To book a ta­ble for The Lord Raglan, call 0118 978 3282, or log on to www.th­elor­draglan.co.uk/ You can also or­der a take­away via De­liv­eroo.

The team at the Lord Raglan are ready to wel­come you back to the Den­mark Street beer house, of­fer­ing a tasty menu and some new brews

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