The School House in Arksey finally opens its doors after a seven month wait

Businesses are eagerly awaiting April 12 when they can welcome people back, and none more so than The School House in Arksey which was due to open in October but has not yet had one customer through its doors because of restrictions.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 11:00 am

Joint owners David Aldred, Jonathan Staniland and Andrew Miller took the reins in August and were looking to open in October until the pandemic put a halt to their plans.

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The School House is a 16th century former school building which was previously the home of the village’s tea rooms and post office, which has now been extended.

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He explained: “We initially should have opened in October but that wasn’t possible so it was pushed back.

"We were excited at Christmas as we hoped we could open then but then that fell through too.”

The business employs 20 people, the majority of who are from Arksey, and will run as a tea room, bar and brasserie.

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When the restrictions ease on Monday they can cater for 100 people in their outside courtyard area which has a marquee, heaters, and blankets for when its chilly. Once fully reopened there will be room for 150 in and out.

Inside there is a main restaurant room and bar, and then a smaller room, called the Johnny Walker Library, which will offer a more relaxed, speakeasy-style atmosphere.The doors open at 9am when there will be a brunch menu followed by light bites and then a full brasserie in the evenings, which will offers traditional gastro style dishes but with a modern twist. Sunday lunches will be available between noon and 5pm.

Head chef is Ross Bradshaw who brings with him years of experience, people may already know him from his time working at Caviars in Bawtry.

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David explained how service would work: “We will have a meet and greet host and it will all be a continental type table service, at a very high level.

"We really have something for everyone. You can just pop in for a coffee and cake, or a three course meal. We can’t wait to get our first customers, finally.”

Closing time will be 9pm until restrictions are lifted further.

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Directors Andy Miller and David Aldred, pictured at The School House, Arksey. Picture: NDFP-06-04-21-SchoolHouse 3-NMSY
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