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Bar Under New Management

Since Clonter began we have allowed picnickers to bring their own drink to accompany their picnics both indoors and out, and we appreciate that this is a tradition that people have enjoyed for nearly 50 years. Since 1974 the number of events has grown from 4 operatic picnics to over 40 events a year, for all ages, with a necessity to provide a bar. Since the introduction of the bar, this facility has been subsidised, but sadly this is no longer sustainable. It has now become necessary to hand the responsibility of running the bar to an outside company.

Starting from the Spring Opera Showcase on Saturday 14th May all drinks consumed indoors will need to be purchased from the bar.

We know that this will be a considerable shift, especially for those wine aficionados amongst you, who carefully and proudly select wines for any particular occasion, but we very much hope you can appreciate our need to do this.

In order to take you along with us in this transition we shall be offering a wine tasting to Friends and Patrons, to help us construct a wine list that we hope will go some way to meeting your individual tastes.

In Clonter’s quest to do its bit for the environment, we propose to broaden the ‘wine tasting’ to include local ales, exploring locally distilled gins and also looking at English ‘champagnes’.

Logistically also we shall be enabling you to pre-order your drinks online, so that they will be waiting for you on your table, removing the need to queue at the bar. The other upside is that you will no longer need to bring your own glasses, or worry about remembering the cork screw!

If however you wish to continue to picnic outdoors in July, you are still welcome to bring your own drink. Last summer more people ventured outside, resembling Clonter in its early days.

If you are not already a Friend and would like to take part in our wine tasting event, you are not too late. To Become a Friend simply follow this link. Details of this event will be announced shortly.

Thank you for listening, and we very much hope to see you soon.