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Re-Opening Announcement

UPDATED: Wednesday 24th June 2020 9.30am


We are delighted to announce that the Apron Bar & Coffee House at Chequer Mead will be
re-opened on Saturday 4th July with a new style of service that will include contactless payment, text-ordering and table service to ensure we remain up-to-date with COVID-Secure guidelines and keep our guests and our people safe.

Please see below about the areas of the venue we intend to open, as well as the safety measures we will be putting in place to ensure that you can stay safe, without cutting down on your enjoyment.

The Apron Bar - Now Open Late Every Weekend

The Apron Bar will be extending its opening times until late every weekend and we we'll also have variety of live entertainment for you to enjoy whilst you discover our new bar menu and our new selection of beers, wines, spirits and even cocktails!

We're making it possible to pre-book tables for the evening in advance, so you can be reassured that you’ll have a safe allocated space to relax and enjoy. We will be actively encouraging our guests to use our text-ordering service and to use contactless payment where possible. Our trained staff will be delivering the food and drinks directly to your table, to minimise close contact, too.

We're also pleased to announce Chequer Mead will soon continue to provide entertainment to East Grinstead by providing a variety of live entertainment for you whilst you’re enjoying the evening sunshine and our brand new evening menu, full of sharers, mini plates and main meals, there's something for everyone. Music and entertainment will vary, so keep an eye on our social pages as we announce more.

Live music and entertainment subject to Government guidance.

The Apron Coffee House

The Apron will be open for coffees and light lunches from 10:30am, Wednesday to Saturday and 12pm on Sunday.  You can enjoy our newly updated summer lunch menu which includes light main meals as well as all our usual favourites including tasty sandwiches, bagels, paninis, salads and our ever-popular open sandwiches too. For a short, temporary period we have suspended the breakfast menu, but we look forward to bringing a new early morning menu as soon as we can.

Our lunch menu is available from 11am-3pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays, extending to 6pm Friday-Sunday when our evening menu commences.

You will be able to enjoy meals and drinks both within our private garden area and inside, all whilst maintaining a safe distance and we will be welcoming table bookings throughout the week.

Film & Event Cinema at Chequer Mead this Summer

Over the summer months Chequer Mead will resume our film and event cinema programme. We have a variety of films planned interspersed with great event cinema titles from National Theatre Live, a special Andre Rieu title and more. We have been putting special measures in place for our auditorium to ensure we can adhere to the latest Government guidelines to keep everyone safe at Chequer Mead.

Our programme will be announced shortly and will be available every weekend.

Studio Hire

From Wednesday 8th July, we look forward to welcoming back our regular hirers that meet at Chequer Mead, whose activities are not dance or fitness based, due to the current Government guidance. We will however resume the hiring of the studio spaces and we’re welcoming all studio and meeting hire enquiries for all Government-condoned activities- please contact our events team by emailing or calling 01342 325577 for further information.

We have made alterations to all of our studio spaces to help users of the facilities stay safe by including hand sanitisers in each of the spaces and marked out recommended floor plans.

Additionally, we are making the large stage space temporarily available, to aid further with safe distancing for larger groups.

Safety Measures

The safety of our guests and our people is our first priority. We have put the following measures in place to ensure everyone remains safe whilst at Chequer Mead and we will continue to monitor COVID-safety.

Contactless Payments
available at all tills and
at your table, too

at The Apron Bar
and Coffee House

Additional Regular Cleaning
throughout the day including all key touch-points

Protective Screens
at the Box Office and all tills and guest/staff interaction points

Hand Sanitiser
available throughout the venue and in our
studio spaces

Safe Distance Seating
in the bar, coffee shop and auditorium

Temperature Checks & PPE for staff when required

Safe Distance
precautions and markings throughout the venue


Theatre Performances from Autumn

At this time we're unfortunately unable to announce the re-opening of the theatre for performances. We hope to resume performances in the Autumn and news on this will be posted as soon as possible in line with Government guidelines.

We fully on-track to run our pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk and are in talks with the producer about the adjustments we may need to take depending on the measures regarding COVID-19 that may be in place at the time of the performance.

You can book tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk here and we would recommend customers do so as normal to take advantage of our Early Bird sale!

For further enquiries about our re-opening please email or contact the Box Office by calling 01342 302000.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chequer Mead and the Apron very soon.