An update from the Management Committee – 21 October 2021

In light of the rising number of covid infections locally we want to reassure our customers we are working closely with Ipswich Borough Council and Public Health Suffolk to ensure that our venue remains COVID secure. This will include a constant air flow in both bars, and CO2 monitoring to ensure the air flow is clean.

With Immediate effect we are re-introducing the perspex screens on the bar. We will continue to clean and sanitise the bar and tables regularly. Our staff may also choose to wear face coverings.

We would also ask customers to sanitise hands on entry to the club and consider wearing a mask until seated.

Please be aware of others, maintain social distancing and do not lean over the bar or food service counter. Please do not stand at the bar unless waiting to be served.

We are asking that people please remain seated while drinking inside, and limit movement between tables. There are no restrictions on group sizes, but please do be aware of other customers when forming groups.

With the support of IBC and public health other initiatives are planned for later in the year and we will update on these when the time comes.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Stock update

As you will be aware, from various media outlets, the UK is facing many problems in the national supply chain, due, in the main, to a lack of delivery drivers.

Although, the Club has been relatively unaffected by these problems until recently, we are now beginning to see some of our regular lines, which we would normally stock, become unavailable. These are mainly in the soft drinks and snacks sectors. Where we are able to source these items from another supplier, we will endeavour to do so. However, if this is not possible, then we will substitute the item in question with one of equal quality and value.

So far, our beer supplies have been unaffected. However, we have learned today that our gas supplier is restricting the number of gas cylinders they are suppling to all their customers. This means that we will have to be extremely careful with our use of what CO2 we have in stock until our supply levels return to normal.

We will keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation, as and when they happen. In the meantime, we will endeavour to maintain our normal high standards of service to our members and guests.

St Josephs College Proposed Development

Members may be aware that St Josephs College have submitted planning permission to build a number of homes on their site.  These proposals include a road built alongside the club boundary.

Having reviewed the plans the Management Committee will be submitting an objection as we feel that some the proposals could have a  detrimental effect on our outside space, members using the space and also the residents of these new properties over looking a well used sports pitch. We are also concerned about traffic implications for Belstead road. We would encourage our members and guests  to take a look at the plans and associated documents on the Ipswich Borough Council website, to review the drawings and the potential impact on the local area.  The documents can be found by clicking here and using ref 21/00787/LBC

We will also have a copy of the drawings and documents available at club. Responses to the plans should be submitted by the 16th August. 

Monday 19th July easing of regulations update

The Prime Minister made it very clear in his recent announcement (12 Jul 21) that the pandemic is still with us, and we are aware that in Ipswich we are seeing cases rise and some hospitality venues closing due to staff having to isolate.

Whilst most legal restrictions will be removed from Monday, the PM also emphasised that the responsibility sits with all of us to do our best to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Whilst we will try to revert to as “normal” operation in the club as possible, to do our bit we will still have some restrictions in place from next Monday.

* we are asking all customers to continue to check in using Track and Trace – this is the quickest way to help the community and NHS by tracking contacts and cases.

* there are no restrictions on group sizes, but we do ask that furniture is not moved to form very large groups inside. If you wish to move furniture please check with a member of bar staff.

* table service will no longer be a legal requirement and we will be asking people to queue at the bar and simply Ts counter for service. However, please do be aware of others, maintain distance and do not lean over the bar.

* please do not stand at the bar unless waiting to be served.

* we are asking that people please remain seated while drinking inside, and limit movement between tables.

To help prevent the spread of the virus we will continue to clean and sanitise the bar and tables regularly. Our staff may also choose to continue to wear face coverings but we are leaving this decision very much to them.

Please also be aware that due to restrictions easing we will begin to hire out the main bar again. On these occasions members will be able to access the outside seating via the changing room corridors.

All measures will be continually reviewed, including opening hours, and we welcome feedback from our members on measures in place.

Sunday 11th July

We’ve got lots on this Sunday. If you plan to join us please be aware that Andrew Spall – Singer performs between 2pm & 5pm. This is free to attend and everyone is welcome!

We’re fully booked for the England v Italy Euro 2020 Final, and thank everyone who has contacted us to book a table – reserved tables will be available from 6pm.

If you have a table booked and no longer need it, or have fewer people joining you then booked for please do let us know as we currently have a waiting list for tables.

We hate to ask people to leave but due to the Euro final we kindly ask that anyone who doesn’t have a table reserved for football moves from any inside seating by 6pm on Sunday – you are welcome to stay outside as long as you wish.

Please remember that the club is in a residential area. When outside of an evening or leaving the club please try to keep noise to a minimum

Euros 2020 final

If England proceed to the finals we will open bookings after tonight’s match via email as with previous matches.  Please note that until tomorrow afternoon priority will be given to people who have booked tables to join us for  England matches throughout the competition. From 2pm tomorrow we will open for further bookings if there is space.

7th July- England v Denmark – fully booked

❗️Tonight. We are fully booked❗️

🕕Tables are reserved from 6pm, please vacate a reserved table at this time if its not yours.

🪑if you’ve booked more seats than you need, or no longer need your booked table please let us know ASAP – we have a waiting list for tonight.

⚽️The football will be shown in both the members bar and main bar.

🍔 Simply T’s Catering will be open from 630 for food purchases.

⛺️ There is outside seating on both the patio and in the small marquee that is non reservable – football will not be shown outside.

🪑 please stay seated at your tables – we will come to you for food and drink orders 🍔🍻

❗️Please read….The finals…hopefully!!
If England proceed to the finals we will open bookings after tonight’s match via email as with previous matches. Please note that until tomorrow afternoon priority will be given to people who have booked tables to join us for England matches throughout the competition. From 2pm tomorrow we will open for further bookings if there is space.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed, it looks like it really could be coming home..

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Saturday 3rd July- Table availability update

⚽️ Tables in the main bar are reserved from 530pm
⚽️ If you visit the club before this time please feel free to use any table but please do vacate it by 530 if it is not yours. This will enable us to clean and sanitise ahead of the evening booking
⚽️ There is space in the members bar for walk ins. The football will be showing on the TV in this bar.
⚽️ Outside seating is available and non reservable. Football will not be shown outside.
🍔Simply T’s Catering will be open from 4pm – food will be served in disposable containers and the menu available may be slightly reduced.
🪑 please remember to stay seated to order…no queuing at the bar or food counter- we will come to you.

Euros – England game table bookings

⚽️⚽️ The Euros are coming! ⚽️⚽️

Due to social distancing requirements reducing capacity of our bar space we will be taking bookings for tables for the England games in the upcoming Euro 2020 competition.

The dates of the groups fixtures are:
⚽️Sunday 13th June England v Croatia at 2pm
⚽️Friday 18th June England v Scotland at 8pm
⚽️Tuesday 22nd June Englav Czech Republic at 8pm

Tables are available for a maximum of 6 people (or 2 households) and  can be booked via email (hello @paulsclubipswich.co.uk ) or the contact us form on our website only.  Please do not ring the club to book – bar staff will not be able to access the bookings sheet and our Facebook messages are not always notified.

When contacting us please advise which game you wish to book for and how many seats you require.

Please note at the current time tables in the members bar will be available on a first come first served basis, but social distancing requirements and capacity of the room may result in walk ins being turned away if we are full.

(IF social distancing requirements are changed ahead of the 22nd June match we will update available table numbers based on room capacity.)

Champions League Final – 29 May 2021

On Saturday we will be showing the Champions league final on the big screen in the main bar. Due to social distancing requirements reducing capacity of the room we will be taking bookings for tables.

Tables are available for a maximum of 6 people per table and will be available from 630pm until the end of the match. Simply Ts Catering will be open offering a small snack menu and there will be a drink deal available for members also – details to follow.

Tables can be booked via email (hello @paulsclubipswich.co.uk ) or the contact us form on our website only.  Please do not ring the club to book – bar staff will not be able to access the bookings sheet and our Facebook messages are not always notified.

Please be aware that the main bar will close at 6pm on Saturday to enable us to set the room up. It will reopen for booked tables from 630.

Tables in the members bar will be available on a first come first served basis, but please be aware that social distancing and capacity of the room may result in walk ins being turned away if we are full.

Membership weekend – have a drink on us!

On the 15th and 16th May the club will open between 12pm & 4pm with outside seating for drinks and membership renewals. If you join the club or renew your membership that weekend we would like to give you a drink on us while you are there to say thank you.

Terms and conditions of offer

– Drink is to be taken at time of renewal  – available between 12:00-16:00 on the 15th and 16th May 2021 only
– free drink is limited to one per adult member and are non transferable
– free drink can be chosen from from a selection of draught beer, lager & cider, draught soft drinks or a small wine only.
– free drinks cannot be saved for future use

We are reopening! May 2021

We are pleased to be able to let you all know that subject to confirmation of the next step in the Government’s roadmap going ahead the club will reopen, with inside seating, from Monday 17th May. We will also open for outside drinks only on the 15th and 16th May between 12pm & 4pm each day.
Opening hours from the 17th May will be:

Monday – Thursday    4pm – 8pm
Friday                          4pm – midnight
Saturday                     12pm – 9pm 
Sunday                       12pm – 1030pm

As with the situation prior to the lockdown closures, bar staff will be given permission to close the club early should there be no customers .  Therefore if you are planning on visiting within an hour of closing time feel free to call ahead and check we are still open.

Please do follow the guidelines detailed within the club, wear a mask when not seated at your tables and remember it is table service only both inside and out – staff will be working as fast as they can to serve everyone, but at times there may be a wait.

Prices – May 2021

We are really looking forward to welcoming our members and guests back, and seeing the club busy again. 

 

Before we open we feel  that it’s only fair to advise all our members and guests of the need to increase some prices.

 

Last year we were notified by Greene King that as from 7th September 2020, the price of all wines and spirits supplied by them was going to increase by 3%.  We didn’t increase prices at time as we had already undertaken a stock review in the summer. However, prices have since gone up again with an announcement from the brewery in Mid-April that they, and their third party suppliers, would be increasing prices from the 1st May 2021. We have also seen an increase in other significant costs such as cleaning products, energy costs and the minimum wage. 

 

Due to the combination of all these increases, coupled with the closures over the last year, we unfortunately need to review and increase some of our prices when we reopen.  This review has been taken into account across all areas of the business and will see an increase to the room hire fees as well as some drink prices –  although memberships will remain static for now, the price of these may need to be reviewed with an amendment proposed at a future AGM.

An update from the Management Committee, March 2021

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well. It’s been a while since we’ve written, and what a strange few months it’s been since we were last open.

It’s hard to believe that we served our last pint at the club on the 4th November!  With the Government roadmap out of lockdown now published we are beginning to look to the future and reopening the club. We don’t have a set date for this as yet, but it’s likely to be May once indoor seating is permitted as we just don’t feel it would be viable to open for outdoor seating only at the current time. We will advise of a date, and opening hours, as soon as we have a confirmed reopening plan in place.

When we reopen we are aware that a number of social members will have memberships due for renewal that expire end of March 2021 and we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who renewed memberships last year – we know that you didn’t get to use them as much as any of us would have liked but those renewals made a massive difference to our survival during a turbulent year.  Whilst we have been able to make use of the Government’s job retention scheme, and benefitted from a small amount from the Local Restrictions Support Grants, these grants in no way cover all the expenditure while closed and your memberships have enabled us to keep our heads above water.  As well as decorating some of the internal spaces last year, we have worked to make sure the club is covid compliant and made some improvements to the club to aid social distancing and the longer term use of the outside space with the widening of the patio last summer and the purchase of new patio heaters for when we can reopen.

When we reopen we will resume our popular events and have a summer date with Andy Otley in the diary ready, along with other plans underway- we can’t wait to be busy again!

Club to remain closed for now

Following today’s announcement we now have confirmation that Suffolk will be in Tier 2 of the government’s COVID-19 restrictions when the current lockdown ends next week. 

Due to this we have had to take the difficult decision not to reopen the club next week.  As we do not serve food all the time, we are not in a position to meet the requirements for serving alcohol and it is not viable for us to open for a few hours each week around our food service times.

We are sure many of our members and guests are as disappointed as us, that we are unable to operate when other venues can. It is a difficult time for many businesses and when we are able to reopen we will, of course, communicate this to everyone. 

We are grateful to everyone who supported us when we reopened in the summer and we hope we can be there to welcome you all back again soon.