We’re excited to present our Bodega Secret Garden! Our socially distanced sessions are here to serve plenty of fresh Bodega Lager’s, some tasty cocktails and our much-loved craft selection. Open 7 days a week and filled with DJs, live music and Street Food, we’re so so excited to be back! Please bear with us as we adjust to the new normal…
Book your table now via our lovely ticket provider here
(All answers below were correct at the time of updating 16/09/20.)
Please note that we are updating our guidance as and when the government update theirs, so keep an eye on our socials for the latest details.
For information and FAQs on our seated clubnights and events, head here
- How do I make a booking?
All you need to do is head to our ticketing partners website and purchase a ticket for the size table you require for the session of your choice. Please make sure you use a current email to purchase as we’ll be keeping in touch with updates and instructions before your arrival.
- What are the age restrictions?
We are welcoming anyone aged 18 or over to the Secret Garden – we will be operating a challenge 25 policy, so please bring I.D. If you do not bring valid government-issued I.D. you may be refused entry.
- How will I receive confirmation of my booking?
You will receive an initial email confirmation from our ticketing partner, followed by a further email from ourselves on the morning of your session with information on arrival times, our table ordering and any changes in our procedures due to updates in government guidance.
- Can I just turn up without a booking if you have available tables?
We will have walk-in tables set aside everyday, so swing on by and we’ll do our best to get you seated. Although we recommend booking for Friday – Sunday, we should have some walk-in tables available on these sessions too. If you get the last minute urge, chances are we’ll be able to squeeze you in.
- What size tables are available?
We currently have our tables set up to seat two people or benches for up to six people. This may be updated as/when government guidance is updated.
- Can I book multiple tables?
You are able to book more than one table. If you’d like them close to each other, we recommend booking multiple tables in the same order, or alternatively you can also contact us with the name of each lead booker and we’ll do our best to seat you close together. We will try our hardest to get you close together, though we cannot currently guarantee they will be next to each other and you will not be able to pull tables together during the session. As government guidance updates, we may look to add larger tables as a booking option.
- How long does my booking allow me to be at my table?
Each session allows you 2.5 hours at your table within our sessions, this is to ensure staggered entry and exit times. You can of course leave before your session is over should you want to.
- Can I book double sessions?
The day is split into sessions to ensure that we can deep clean all areas of the bar, garden and toilets throughout the day. You are welcome to book double sessions, but you may be asked to leave at the end of the first session and return at the specified time on your email correspondence for the second session to ensure our team are able to do their job properly.
- What is the capacity of each session?
For each session we will have up to 25 tables available for booking.
- Can I choose where my table is?
Once you arrive at the venue, you will follow our one-way system through the Bodega Beer Garden and into Cobden Chambers. If you have a preference, you can let our staff know on arrival and as long as there’s space, you should be able to choose which area you’d prefer. The same music and pints are identical across both outdoor areas though.
- Is there a minimum spend for each table?
All advance bookings include a bar tab, which can be redeemed when you’re with us. Instructions will be given to you from our staff upon your arrival. If you wish to make any additional orders, you are able to do so via our app or table service.
- All sessions are currently sold out, will you be putting more on sale?
If all tables on a certain day are unavailable, we will be looking to book for dates further in advance. As long as we’ve got Bodega Lager to pour, you’ll always be welcome! We have a few tables set aside for walk-ins too. We will announce any new sessions on going on sale via our socials.
- What happens in the case of adverse weather, such as rain?
Ahhh the Great British Summertime! Most of our Cobden Chambers tables have umbrellas to keep you covered and we’re working on covering our Bodega Beer Garden too, but feel free to bring your own brolly. Alternatively, we have a small number of inside tables which will be prioritised to pre-booked tables first. These will be offered as an optional alternative to our outside tables. You can also make an order to take away using the credit from your booking. We will not refund any bookings due to adverse weather.
- What happens if my session is cancelled?
If your session is cancelled due to increased government restrictions or any further unforeseen circumstances, we will endeavour to move your booking to the next suitable session with table availability, otherwise you can request a full refund through our ticketing partner.
- Can I amend or cancel my booking?
Bookings are not able to be amended or refunded unless the session is cancelled.
- I’ve booked a table but I haven’t recieved more information by email yet, what shall I do?
We will be getting in touch with you via email with some more details that we’ll need you to read before you arrive. We will be sending these to the lead booker’s email before your session so keep an eye on your inbox and those pesky junk folders too. If you haven’t received this, then please get in touch with us in all the usual places.
- Can my dog drink pints?
Although we don’t recommend that your dog drinks pints, your furry pal is more than welcome to sit in our gardens.
- What happens on our arrival?
Our staff will greet you and your group on arrival at your specified welcome time and your ticket will be scanned. Everyone in your group will be asked to have their temperature taken and to sanitise your hands (plus walk-in customers will be required to complete our digital track and trace form). Our friendly security will brief you on the ordering procedures too, before you’re able to take a seat at your table.
- What if our whole party or one person from it is late for our entry time?
If your whole party arrive late for your booking, we will do our best to get you seated promptly, however you may be asked to wait to ensure our staggered entry times remain in place – those arriving on time will have priority. We ask that your party arrive at the same time so that you are seated together at once to avoid lots of unnecessary moving around. If you know that you’ll be significantly late before you arrive, please contact us so we can ensure we keep your table for when you arrive.
- How does table service work?
All our must up-to-date instructions will be given by our staff on arrival. Bookings with bar tabs will be honoured via our staff taking your orders. Any additional orders or walk-ups can be made via our ordering app that will then be brought to your table. You will need a smartphone with Android or iOS to use the app (so make sure it’s charged), and staff in PPE will also be on hand to assist if required.
- How do I order drinks and pay?
Advanced bookers will able to use your tab by our lovely staff taking your order. Once your tab is used up, or you’ve walked in on a last minute excursion, our app (OnTapp) is simple to use and all drinks can be ordered on there without coming into contact with our staff.
- What is the app you are using for ordering?
We are using a new, secure app OnTapp which is being built specifically for ordering. More details will be given on arrival.
- Do you have charging facilities for my smartphone?
We do not currently have charging facilities at the venue, so please ensure your mobile is fully charged on arrival.
- What drinks are available to buy?
The golden question. Bodega Lagers will be flowing, alongside a solid selection of other pints from our core and craft range, alongside some of our tastiest cocktails too, if you’re wanting to really push the boat out.
- How much are drinks?
Drinks are priced at a typical level for city centre bar, with pints and craft beers around £4 and cocktails at around £8.
- How are my drinks made and served?
Drink orders are put together by staff in full PPE including face masks and then brought to your table on a tray. All service areas and trays are then sanitised after use. Pints and cocktails will be served in disposable plastic cups and packaged drinks will be served sealed.
- I’ve used my pre-booked bar tab and I want more Bodega Lager’s, can I get up and order more?
We hear you! Once you’ve spent your initial tab, you will of course be able to order more drinks via the app. We will not be serving drinks face-to-face over the bar so stay relaxed and we’ll bring pints to you. Beautiful.
- I bought some Bodega Lager Vouchers a couple of months ago, can I use these?
You will be able to use these vouchers for our garden sessions. Simply let a member of staff know on arrival and we can help you with these.
- Are you selling food?
We’ve teamed up with the lovely folk at Notts Street Food Club, to provide some tasty food vendors, rotating weekly. They’ll be with us for sessions on Friday & Saturday, and each week’s vendor will be announced through our social channels.
- Is there a smoking area?
As our gardens are outdoors, you are able to smoke at any of our tables.
SAFETY & CLEANLINESS
- What are your cleaning procedures?
We have split our days into sessions to ensure that we can deep clean our tables, service areas and toilets before opening, between sessions and at the end of the day. Before and after each session, we will thoroughly wipe down all table and benches; before and after each order our staff will wipe down their service area on the bar; our toilets will be cleaned every 30 minutes and fully disinfected with disinfectant spray after every session. Sanistiser and hand washing stations will be available throughout the venue.
- What is the toilet situation?
Our male toilets are located in the usual places, situated up two flights of stairs in the Bodega building. We will be following a strict one-way system to ensure our staircases are kept nice and clear. Our female toilets will be a situated in Cobden Chambers. The toilets will be clearly signposted in the gardens but if you get lost then feel free to ask one of us for some help. Some cubicles will be unavailable for use as we will be doing our best to keep distance between them, but we expect demand to be staggered enough to ensure limited queuing. Please follow all instructions on signage and floor markings throughout the venue, and respond to our staff if they are giving directions.
- How are the garden areas laid out?
You will enter via the front of The Bodega (on Pelham Street), where our staff will guide you to one of our seating areas. We will have our standard garden area, featuring tables with a screen between each, alongside our larger seating area in Cobden Chambers.
- Am I able to move around the venue freely?
You are able to go to the toilet, ensuring you are keeping socially distant at least 2m away from the next person, wearing a face covering and following all signage and instructions. Other than that, you must remain at your table and ask a member of staff for assistance.
- Do I have to wear a face covering?
We require face coverings to be worn when arriving at the venue and when moving around, but not when sat at your table. We recommend bringing your own, but if you do forget, we can provide a disposable one.
- Will I have easy access to hand sanitiser or hand washing facilities?
There will be hand sanitising stations at the entrance, exit and throughout the venue along with handwashing facilities in the toilets, naturally. We suggest bringing along a small bottle of sanitiser for use at your table, if you wish.
- Will your staff be wearing PPE?
Our staff will be wearing face masks when preparing and delivering your drinks. They will deliver all drinks orders on a tray, then sanitise the tray. Bar staff will be instructed to wash their hands before their shifts and then every 20 mins to the NHS specifications and sanitise between building each order.
- How will social distancing and safe customer behaviour be enforced?
We will have friendly security in PPE present during all sessions who will simply be there to keep an eye on things and ensure the safety of all staff and customers. Should there be any repeated contravention of our guidelines or government guidance, they can be reported to staff or security and those people will be asked to leave without refund.
- How will you comply with the latest government guidance?
As you will have read above, we are complying with current government guidance around social distancing, PPE and cleanliness etc. We will continue to update our processes and procedures as the government update their guidance and rules for licensed premises, and be in contact with any updates via email in advance your booking and keep these FAQs updated.
If you have any further questions then please feel free to contact us via our social channels.
It’s been a long time coming and we’re really excited to welcome you back. We’ll see you in our garden very soon!