Revised Operating Procedures (8/10/2020)

  Selected Bar Seating is now open to residents only

Table service in the restaurant is mandatory in hospitality businesses and is applicable to both inside and outside tables. Guests should not approach the bar for service or leave their tables other than to use the House of Lords or the Ladies Powder room facilities or when leaving the premises. Selected seating in our Bar/Lounge areas are now open for the use of our residents to enjoy pre-dinner drinks or tea/coffee during their stay.

    We are now legally obliged to collect your details for the government’s test and trace programme.

This is done in GDPR compliance through our bedroom reservation system and table booking system. Unfortunately, we are unable to welcome any guest or visitor who does not provide their contact details or if we suspect the information provided to be false. For users of the Test and Trace app, the QR code is at the main entrance of the hotel, reception desk and the dining room for you to scan. 

    Face coverings must be worn unless eating or drinking.

Guests and visitors will be asked to wear their face coverings in the hotel unless in their bedrooms or at their tables. If you have a medical exemption, please let us know upon booking.  Our team members will also be wearing face coverings in public areas of the hotel.  

    The Rule of 6

This means that we can only accept bookings of up to 6 people (including children). We cannot accept a booking of over 6 people or multiple bookings from a single party. When in your group, please stay socially distanced from other parties. Please remain at your table unless needing to use the facilities, go outside or leave the venue – and in every scenario please wear a face covering.

Thank you for your continued support in these challenging times, and we hope we can continue to give you all the Washy Hall experience that you all know and love. 

If you have any questions or require any clarification, please visit our website or contact our Reception Team on 01522 790340.


For more information on safety measures we will have in place, and some responses to frequently asked questions, see below. If you have any additional questions or would like any more information, please get in touch. 


       AA Covid Confident

When can I stay?

Initially, we do expect that the phone lines will be busy and our Reservations team will be doing their best to respond to all enquiries as soon as they can.

We are now open, for the moment we will be offering stays on Wednesday - Saturday nights only, and dining/afternoon tea on Wednesday - Sundays.

We are striving to continue to deliver the trusted, special style of personal service to ensure that each guests experience is one of comfort, safety, and pleasure.  

In order to embrace the highest standards in accordance with government directives, our dedicated team and health and safety manager have examined our risk assessments, standards of practise and equipment to ensure it is of the highest level to protect the team and guests safety.

We have for many years partnered with Aqua Air, world leaders in hygiene solutions, which has specific expertise in the hospitality industry.  X-tra protect is a hospital grade sanitiser, this has been in use within the hotel prior to the lockdown.

Cleaning throughout the hotel will be even more frequent, with emphasis on high touch points areas, including the hotel reception, door handles, counter tops and railings. Sanitiser will be available at the entrances of the hotel. We will be using a Fogging machine daily with the X-tra protect product for all bedrooms, toilet facilities & within the hotel walkways, dining rooms & lounge.

Will check-in/check-out be any different?

Check-in time - 4pm
Hotel residents can check-in from 4pm. We will contact guests to ask for their estimated arrival time and for pre-payment.  This will allow us to show guests straight to their room.

Check-out time - 11am
We politely request guests follow the check-out time, as our Housekeeping team will need access from 11am so they can clean the room to our Covid-19 Policy hygiene standards.


What safety measures do you have in place?

Bed linen, towels and kitchen laundry will be washed in accordance with the guidelines. All rooms and suites will be cleaned based on our ‘Clean Room 10 Mark Assurance’ which includes; door handles, light switches, remote and radiator controls, draws, taps, bathroom amenities, telephone, iron, kettle, hairdryer, coat hangers.

All used room & restaurant linens is kept separate from clean linens.

All individual bathroom toiletries are for individual use whilst staying at the hotel or to take away.

All printed material, pens, room information, menus, cushions, and bed throws will be removed to reduce touch points.  All glassware and crockery will be changed between guests.

Hotel and room amenities will be reduced, no Homemade room biscuits in the room, no petit fours with coffee. The soft furnishing aspect of the hotels lounge area will be limited to 4 tables and for the use of residents only.  No bar servery, drinks can be ordered from your room, from the reception area with a member of the team, from your table at Dinner/Afternoon Tea and from your  table in the lounge area. Your preference for meal service can be taken on booking ie Table service or via a side service table or room service. Room keys will be sanitised frequently, and hand sanitiser will be placed in all public areas.

Housekeeping teams will not enter a guestroom during your stay unless requested.  

Rather than use the public 'Ladies Powder Room' and gents 'House of Lords', hotel residents will be asked to use the facilities in their room.

Strict protocols are in place for our team in the back of house, kitchens, restaurant, bar and event space.  All staff will sanitise their hands each time they serve.  Staff temperatures are taken at the start of each shift, any staff member with a fever temperature will be sent home to isolate.

All Guests are required to wear face coverings in all public areas of the Hotel in line with the legislation from 8th August 2020.

All staff members will be required to wear face coverings in all public areas of the Hotel in line with the new legislation from 24th Septmeber 2020. 

Extra procedures & limited staff on site means things may take a little longer than usual.

QR codes are available at reception & our front entrance for those not wishing to give their contact details to a member of staff, we are legally required to refuse entry to anyone who isn't willing to either use the NHS Covid-19 App or leave their contact details with the receptionist.

How will you be implementing social distancing?

Guests are advised and encouraged to practise social distancing of at least 2 metres from individuals and groups of people they are not travelling with. Where possible we will introduce a one-way guest flow. Face coverings will be worn by all staff members in public areas and where social distancing is not posible in back of house areas. Restaurant tables will be spaced accordingly.

Face coverings for guests will be mandatory in all public areas of Washingborough Hall from Saturday 8th August 2020.

Our small Bar & Lounge seating area will be limited to 4 tables for the use of residents only, doors & windows will be open to provide ventilation.

Will I be able to dine with you?

Afternoon tea will be served Wedneday to Saturday between 12.00pm - 4.00pm  and Dinner between 6.00pm - 9.00pm, Sunday Lunch between 12.00pm - 2.00pm.

Initially we are re-opening with reduced opening hours. We re-open at 12 noon on Wednesday 19th May 2021 and will close at 5pm on Sunday 23rd May 2021. Thereafter we will be closed from 5pm on Sundays until 12 noon on Wednesdays for the next few months.

We are following Government guidelines on household get-togethers, and we ask, expect and trust our guests will also adhere to these guidelines. We are taking table bookings for a max of up to 6 people (as per Government guidance from 14th September 2020) this can be made up of multiple households. Bar & lounge areas will remain closed to non-residential guests. 

Our restaurant will be over the large space of the combined Winston Room & Dining Room, so that guests can dine at a safe distance from others with windows/doors opened to assist with ventilation, wherever possible, this will lead to drafts/cold air flow.  All family style and buffet dining experiences will be removed.

Any dining experiences must be pre-booked. To ensure we can effectively manage social distancing for all our guests, we request prompt arrival.  Staff will not remove guests’ coats and belongings.  All service will be table service, and guests must not approach the bar. Cutlery, linens & tableware will be freshly provided for each individual table.  Single use sachets will be used for condiments. Single use or wipeable menus/wine lists will be used. Background music will be kept at the lowest level to avoid the need to raise voices to be heard. Payment will be taken at table.

If you are visiting Washingborough Hall with Children, please be responsible for their movements, as we must ensure that all our guests are able to enjoy a safe, pleasurable dining experince and that social distancing guidelines are not encroached.

Extra procedures and limited staff, due too social distancing in the kitchen and back of house areas means things may take a little longer than usual. All staff members will be wearing masks in public areas.


Can I book a table?

Initially we will be operating with a reduced number of tables in the restaurant so availability will be limited, booking is essential, we will not be accepting walk in guests at this time. Due to the constantly changing nature of this guidance, we will be continuously reviewing our procedures and will update you as soon as we know more. 

As of Monday 14th Septemer 2020 we a legally required to limit the number of guests in a party to 6 people following the Rule of 6.


Will you be able to host events?

Events of up to 15 people will be limited to Funeral & Weddings, (as of 28th September 2020) including your suppliers but exclude our team, subject to Governement updates.

Health and safety is our priority and we have put the following measures in place so you can host an event with confidence. As the Coronavirus outbreak comes under control, certain measures may be reduced, amended or eliminated. Based on Government guidelines only Funerals & Weddings can take place with up to 15 attendees, Buffet food for Funerals will be pre-plated and delivered to your seated guests. Table service only for drinks, a maximum of 3 hours is recommended for a large group in a function room. Weddings are limited, as from Monday 28th September 2020, to 15 attendees, including your suppliers (registrars, photographers etc) but excluding our team. Face coverings will be mandatory during Civil Ceremonies.

The event room/s will be subject to frequent antiviral sanitising with X-tra protect and windows/doors opened to assist with ventilation where possible. Face coverings will be worn by all staff where social distancing is not possible. Staff will not remove guests’ coats and belongings. Guests will be directed using a one way system for when necessary. The number of guests allowed at a table will be based on Government guidelines of up to 6 people. Straws and stirrers will be removed. All condiments will be sealed. The organiser will be required to keep contact details of those attending for 21 days after their function , based on Government guidelines, this is mandatory under the test-and-trace system.

QR codes are available at reception & our front entrance for those not wishing to give their contact details to a member of staff, we are legally required to refuse entry to anyone who isn't willing to either use the NHS Covid-19 App or leave their contact details with the receptionist.



To minimise physical contact the use of cash is discouraged. Payments should ideally be made by card/contactless with pre-payment prior to arrival, wherever possible.

Full payment for resident dinner/drinks will be required before retiring each evening, including for guests staying multiple nights, payment will be taken before leaving your table, do not approach the bar area to pay.


Can I use a Gift Voucher? 

We have extended the validity of all Gift Vouchers that expired whilst we are closed, or that are due to expire later this year so that you are still able to use them. 

All Gift Vouchers that expired or are due to expire in April, May, June, July, August 2020 have been extended until the end of this year.

What happens if I need to cancel?

Hotel bookings can be cancelled or transferred up to 72hrs (3 days) prior to arrival with no charge. If you need to cancel or amend your booking within 72hrs of arrival due to COVID-19, we can transfer your booking to another suitable date however rates may differ between dates, in the event of a local Lockdown- bookings can be refunded.

Any cancellations or amendments within 72hrs, that are not as a direct result of COVID-19, will result in our retaining the charge for the first night of your stay.

If we are forced to close our hotel due to COVID-19 bookings can be transferred or cancelled at no charge

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