As the UK undergoes more tier changes than new pairs of socks, we want to let everyone know that hospitality continues to be a shaky, but formidable force (that we're chuffed to be a part of). From helping you discover London's weirdest brunches to Edinburgh's finest bao restaurants, we celebrate food, drinks and experiences across dozens of UK cities, but need to be responsible when it comes to the uncertainty over the coming months.
We want our clients to know that we're STILL listening, and for our users to know that we're thinking about you every step of the way. So whether you're a restaurateur that had just opened back up, had just pivoted to outside dining or you were hoping to go bottomless with your besties in the coming weeks, we're here to help however we can.
Recommendations? We stand by these:
Consider your booking and consider a takeaway. Have an upcoming booking? Please consider rescheduling to an alternative date rather than cancelling. It will go a long way for those behind the till, and for your positive outlook. Still want to support your locals? Great! We can't recommend takeways or deliveries enough, and with most restaurants now converting their kitchens, there's never been a better time to get restaurant-quality food in front of the telly.
- DeliverMyNight: We get that lockdown or not, you might want to keep things at home for a while. To help you transition to life indoors for a little bit? We've come up with DeliverMyNight, a fully loaded platform with cocktail deliveries, tickets to virtual experiences, ideas for a date night at home, online murder mysteries and more.
Be conscious of the travel you commit to. Don’t be a dummy, wash your hands at regular intervals to keep those around you safe, and don’t travel if you feel unwell or don't need to pop in to the office. We’re all in this together, and we’re still all in it to have a great time. If in doubt? Stay inside.
Can’t attend an event/restaurant following the second lockdown due to travel, self-isolation, lockdown or otherwise? We’ll help as much as we can. Try to get in touch with the event organiser or venue as soon as possible, and they'll gladly help. Still having issues? We'll also try to help you get the scenario resolved.
Be kind and check in on one another. It continues to be a tricky and confusing time for event organisers, restaurateurs, and each other as we try and navigate what a second lockdown looks like for us, and what it looks like for business. If you want to support your local restaurant with a delivery? Fantastic. Your event is cancelled? Don’t panic, it’s not yours or their fault, and we’ll work with you to iron out those booking kinks. Checking in on a friend? We recommend that too.
- Vouchers go a long way. Not only will these give you longevity in terms of your upcoming plans (making sure you will finally get those hen shenanigans, dinner reservations and quirky events booked in in the future), they're a great way to support the industry right now. Win win.
The fun never stops, it’s just delayed. We’re aware that more events have been cancelled this time round and restaurants are pulling down the shutters once again, but what we also know? Hospitality is gonna pull through, they did last time in ways we never expected (from compassionate free school meals to changing their outdoor spaces so that you could hang out with friends), proving that it continues to be the UK's most tenacious industry. While this still isn’t the immersive experience we were expecting, it will be one that we’ll return from with vigor. It’s important to look ahead.
- From the best bars and optimistic upcoming openings to recent visits and delivery suggestions, we’re still going to be here, publishing the content that we love - which we hope will inspire or at least entertain for the time being.
From all of us here at DesignMyNight.