Covid 19, and how we should deal with it

The team at Riverside tap takes the safety of our guests, the general public and ourselves very seriously and considerations related to this take priority over all other issues. 

It is a real dilemma deciding what to do for the best in this situation.  I believe that both our team and customers are conscientious in preventing spread of covid. Masks are worn, glasses are washed in a professional glass washer, toilets regularly sanitised and our fleece blankets are washed and quarantined between customers.   If I believed it was safer for all concerned for us to close completely, I would not hesitate to do so.    Despite having just spent around £10,000 on a huge multi brewery import from Portugal, I am determined to do what is right for all involved.   The nature of most of these beers is that they will not come to any harm from a slightly lengthened period of maturing!   Our project is not about making money, it is all about fulfilling our collective passion for some very special beers and the pleasures that go with discovering and importing them directly from the breweries.  I will make sure that any temporary closure doesn't threaten our future.    On the other hand, would voluntary closing do anything to enhance the safety of all involved?   Would customers simply go to other places that choose to remain open? Would closure indirectly cause more harm than good?

As you know, we have been working on the temporary beer garden at the rear of the taproom, but our team of tradesmen has been temporarily redirected to finalising work on creating a safe and comfortable space for my very elderly mother to stay on her imminent discharge from hospital.  Work on the beer garden is now recommencing and we hope to have covered outdoor space with a wood burning stove ready for you soon.


So, 'to be or not to be'?!   Of course, it should be a quote from Burns and not Shakespeare, but this seemed so appropriate!    I am guessing that our customers' choice to continue visiting us means that you believe we should remain open, within the constraints of current rules and recommendations.    I'd be grateful if you would share your thoughts on this, either on Facebook or e mail to    Also, any suggestions or requests re. how we might improve things for you would be appreciated.    However things unfold in the short term, I am confident that we can all look forward to good times ahead, enjoying good beers in good company.

Thank you for 'listening' to my ramblings and deliberations!

Andrew (BWB founder)

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