Our COVID-19 Policy
KEEPING YOU SAFE IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
As the world starts to slowly unfurl following the COVID-19 lockdown, in July we began the gradual process of rekindling our fires and re-opening here at The Salt Box. We have no doubt that, more than ever, many of you are keen to reconnect with your family and friends – indulging in delicious food and drink in the great outdoors.
The past few weeks has brought yet more changes for us all to adapt to. Gatherings might be smaller and we are all becoming very familiar with day-to-day life under a face mask – we will continue to do all we can to provide you with events and courses where you can take some time out with the ones you love.
We thank all of those who have joined us for responding with patience and an understanding of the responsibility we all have to keep each other safe.
Social distancing, increased hygiene measures, specific risk assessments and careful management of our team with further hygiene training are just a few of the measures we continue to take as a COVID-secure business.
The health and safety of our team and guests remains our number one priority. By closely following government advice, we are taking measures that allow you to join us beneath the trees in a safe and enjoyable manner.
We have put in a lot of time and thought into how we can welcome you back over the weeks and months ahead. Thankfully, one thing we do have on our side is outdoor space, with our al-fresco courses and events taking place all throughout the Autumn and Winter months.
Below, you’ll find a detailed overview of our approach. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
And so we adjust, and hope that you will adjust with us.
Here’s to our new journey together,
Beckie, Christian, Flori and Poppy
Our COVID-19 Policy
We are ensuring we follow the government guidelines on how we create a safe working environment for our team, in both our kitchen and office environment.
Our new policies include increased hygiene practises, Disease Prevention training and the provision of appropriate PPE equipment.
We will continue to check-in regularly with our team, to ensure they are not only healthy but also feeling confident with the new measures in place. Daily temperature checks are in place for all members of our team.
All staff will be wearing a face covering throughout our events and courses.
In order to maintain generous spacing between tables we have further reduced capacity at our events, to ensure social distancing as per government regulations.
We are no longer taking bookings of more than 6 people in an individual group. You can now be from multiple households or one household but 6 is the magic number.
We will regrettably not be able to accept solo bookings for our upcoming dining events for the foreseeable future.
We are regrettably unable to offer any transportation to/from our Woodland Venue during these times, in the event of any guests with mobility issues.
All our events will take place in the great outdoors, beneath the trees in our woodland glen, as well as in the surrounding fields and meadows here at our base on the Priory Farm Estate. A select number of our events will take place in the spacious Lambing Barn.
Each group booking will be sat at least 1+ metre apart from other diners, as per government guidelines.
All of our equipment, tables, dining chairs and touch-points will be thoroughly sanitised by our teams before and after every event.
All kitchen equipment and serving-ware is washed in a dishwasher on a high heat setting pre and post-event.
Sanitised cutlery is provided in sealed paper envelopes for all dining guests.
In addition to all guests being required to wear face coverings when moving around any of our indoor venues, all of our team will continue to wear a face mask.
If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please just let a member of our team know.
Where possible, we will continue to serve our food sharing style, however platters will be served per household booking only.
At many of our events, food will be plated per individual.
NHS Test and Trace – the NHS Test and Trace poster will be displayed at the front of our barn and available when arriving for any of our outdoor events. If you have the NHS COVID-19 app you can quickly and easily ‘check in’ by scanning the QR code. If you do not have the App, we will be providing every guest with a link to leave their details as part of our pre-event email, which will be submitted to NHS Test and Trace.
All of our courses currently take place in our outdoor Woodland Cookery School, with plenty of space and air-flow in the great outdoors.
There will be no shared equipment – you will have your own equipment, utensils and pre-portioned ingredients provided.
We have a maximum of 8 guests on our courses, to allow you to remain a safe distance from other guests.
All of our surfaces and equipment are thoroughly cleaned before and after every single event.
Hand washing facilities and hand-sanitiser is available for guests to use throughout the sessions.
Due to the further reduced capacity of both guests and staff at our events, we are currently unable to cater for all dietary requirements. As per our standard Terms and Conditions, please note that due to the nature of our events, we are not always able to provide an alternative for all dietary and allergens, therefore you must always check with us prior to booking. Read our full dietary policy here.
Toilet facilities are situated by our barn, guests will be advised upon arrival to utilise the facilities upon checking in for an event, with facilities sanitised regularly.
Antibacterial hand-soap, disposable hand towels and sanitiser will be available for those wishing to use it.
We will ensure that all of our suppliers comply with government regulations with regards to the safe packaging and transportation of all items, requesting suitable documentation such as Risk Assessments where deemed necessary.
Dogs are only permitted to attend certain events, please ensure to check in advance.
Any dogs permitted to attend, must be kept on a lead at all times.