December Update: TIER 2 & WHAT IT MEANS FOR U(NION)

Posted: 27th November 2020


Opening hours for December: 10am until 11pm, Monday – Friday 3rd – 23rd December

If you are meeting indoors: it must be in groups of six or less, and you must all be from the same household or support bubble.

If this does not apply: you can only meet outside, and this must also be in groups of six or less.

If you are meeting for a ‘reasonably necessary’ (i.e. cannot be done from home) work purpose, then there are no restrictions on the gatherings – although please be sensible.

Christmas menu available here and new wine list here



Is the Club still open?
We will be from the 3rd of December, YES! Follow the guidelines and do come and see us if you can!

Can I visit the Club with members of my household or support bubble?
Yes you can (and please do!)
Bring your husband, bring your dog, bring your housemate, bring your neighbour – whoever is in that bubble, bring them along.
You might have spent lot of time with them already… but at the Club we’ll take care of the cooking and cleaning (and a change of scene is never a bad thing!)

Can I mingle with other tables?
We’re afraid not! It flies in the face of Union sociability but for the time being you can only chat with people in your own group. Smiles across the room are A OK. Smoulder across that facemask.

Can I visit the Club with people who are not in my household or support bubble?
Not indoors, I’m afraid, unless it’s for a ‘reasonably necessary’ work purpose.

Do you have outdoor seating?
Yes we do! Not loads of it, so do book in advance (and keep an eye on the weather, as we can’t sit you inside if it changes) but we have heaters and hot water bottles for when it’s really chilly, and hot toddies available from the bar!

The rule of six still applies outside.

Are your meeting rooms still open?
Yes they are, and there are no restrictions on work gatherings so long as they are held in a COVID-safe environment – which the Club is.

Is the Studio still open as a workspace?
Depending on availability – yes, although we may prioritise Christmas bookings (tis the season etc.!) Feel free to contact reception and check if you need a safe and socially distanced space in which to get some work done!*

What time can I stay in the Club until?
Curfew is at 11pm, but last food and drinks orders have to be made by 10pm.

Do I have to wear a mask?
You must wear a mask when moving around the building – this includes arrival and leaving, being seated, going to the bathroom etc.

Do I have to check in?
As a member we should have your details on file, but as a precaution please do confirm with the receptionist when you arrive. Do also check in with the NHS Track and Trace App if you have this, it only takes five seconds!

Do I have to book in advance?
It really helps us if you do! We will of course accept all walk-in visits from members where possible, but reservations help us manage numbers and staffing in these tricky times – and Club capacity is reduced due to distancing.

Are you doing any Christmas events?
Sadly there’ll be no Union Christmas party this year, but that’s not to say we can’t get in the spirit.
Count Indigo will be spinning and singing in the Studio on Fridays 4th and 18th December from 6.30pm (as well as a lunchtime outing on Thursday 10th for anyone who prefers to get their Christmas wining and dining done during the daylight hours) and Blues and a Half will be returning for an evening of live guitar on Friday 11th.
Our pal Ceri Evans will be tinkling the keys in the downstairs bar as many evenings as he can abide by us!

I have another question!
Then please email me (
I’m no legal eagle but by jove am I turning my hand to government regulations like never before this year, and we are doing our utmost to make sure that the festive season is safe and above board – but most of all, jolly good fun.

*Please do be aware that official government guidance states to work from home where possible.

THE UNION CLUB IS OPEN AGAIN! In line with the roadmap out of lockdown this is for al fresco dining only, and with restricted hours.For more information see here.
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