Ye Olde Rose and Crown is an award winning Theatre Pub in the heart of Walthamstow. Owned by 5 loveable rouges who could not be prouder to be apart of this community for the past 12 years. Thank you!
HELPING YE OLDE ROSE AND CROWN THEATRE PUB NAVIGATE COVID 19
Thank you for taking the time to click on the link and watch our little video, this is a pretty difficult one for us to have to make.
I’m not going to lie this feels embarrassing and hard to stomach but we need to ask for help. We pride ourselves in being a part of a beautifully supportive community and we always aim to be there whenever needed. However this time we are the ones that really need the community to catch us before we fall.
In our 12 years of being here we have never taken debt we have never missed our bills, we’ve always ensured our staff got paid even if we were struggling to pay ourselves, and we have never had to ask for help in this way.
At times it has been hard but hand on heart we can say that everyday has been worth it.
WHERE WE ARE AT
Covid 19 has taken us all on a rather unprecedented journey, we did not see it coming and sadly we do not know and cannot predict when things will go back to what we call ‘normal’. And that right now feels very scary for us (as we know it does for a lot of people).
Unfortunately we have not had any support from the landlords Ei/Stonegate who have formally told us that we have to pay full rent. We are sadly not eligible for any Government grants, and although our staff are furloughed we made the decision to top them up to a full wage for as long as we were able as they also have bills to pay. With that said, accessing the Furlough scheme, deferring our VAT and our PAYE we are still having to find apx £30,000 a month just to keep our doors closed.
We also appreciate that everyone is in these unprecedented times but we need to ask for help. The government has indicated that the first places that open will be outside venues (rest assured we are trying to find a solution for this*) but as you know we are not one of those venues, and as of right now the government has not given any clear guidelines of what reopening will look like and what it will entail.
*We are currently speaking to the council about getting permission to use Richard's Place 2 or possibly 3 days a week as an outside venue, nothing as been confirmed. At the moment these are just conversations
THE HELPING HAND
So we are asking if you have ever been to The Rose and Crown for a drink, a chat, a show, a band an anything then please give us a helping hand.
If everyone who has ever popped by, dropped us a cheeky £3 to buy your landlords a drink and say see you on the other side, it would really make a difference right now. That said we have also jotted down a few more ideas should you be inclined.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO
Some of you will have caught up with us over some Zoom Virtual Pub meets which we would just like to point out we have loved every second of it.
But that aside there has been some rather excellent sprucing up of the pub which we can not wait to show you all.
WE WILL SHHHHHH NOW
Any way, thank you for taking the time to listen to us, and even if it is just a smiling face and kind words we appreciate everything you guys
already give to us.
We love you and can’t wait to see you soon.