A SERIES OF THOUGHTS AND MUSINGS FROM CASTLE ROCKIANS DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS.
Grinding the coffee before we open. Taking a few minutes of calm before the day begins, with a slice of cornflake tart from the bakery over the road. Writing the list of things to be achieved with my team. All the familiar faces that visit us throughout the day. Recommending beers to people who have trusted my choices for years, especially when I get it right. Hosting the quiz and raising money for local charities. Laughing – really laughing – with the customers we truly consider friends. Clearing clean plates from happy faces who have enjoyed a meal with their families. The beer at the end of the night when we are tired and relieved to have achieved the day’s goals. Wishing I could go home.
The community effort we are seeing to keep our people safe. My health. My team, who have adapted and adjusted their daily goals to simply staying in touch and keeping each other smiling. My husband, whose pub is also closed, who understands. The UK brewing community, who are taking extraordinary leaps to keep surviving and thriving during this uncertain time. Castle Rock Brewery, made up of individuals who are providing daily reassurance for us all.
I look forward to…
The first day back. The party we are already planning to throw. Listening to live music again – in the flesh. A pub crawl with my husband. Group hugs. Being busy. Days out. Brunch with friends at a local café. Hand-drawn cask ale – serving it and drinking it. Looking back on this one day and being amazed at what we overcame.
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