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Bay Tree COVID19 Temporary Closure Blog

Like many businesses, we recently had to close The Bay Tree temporarily to all guests so that we can play our part in minimising any potential spread of the Corona Virus or, to use it’s proper name COVID 19

Prior to closure we had introduced several additional steps, such as providing hand sanitiser and wipes at our entrances and introducing even more thorough and regular cleaning, including wiping frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, throughout the day

Whilst closed we have furloughed our core staff
Alistair and Robert are still living on site with the dogs, Ben and Ptolemy

Ptolemy in particular is growing quickly, both physically and in his ability to learn new things and communicate with everyone!

We have had plenty to keep us busy on the administration side, managing cash flows and emergency funding, prioritising bills and speaking with guests about cancellations, re-bookings and refund protocols. Like many hotels we have been hit with a big wave of cancellations (quite understandable) and at the same time no new bookings coming through, providing us with major logistical challenges, especially whilst aid filters through

Of course, it is somewhat strange having a 10 bedroom hotel, along with a bar, lounge and restaurant all to ourselves.
We have also paused work on our roof (replacing an area of roof tiles) due to health and safety concerns and delayed the fit out of our new rear outbuildings which are designed to provide us with additional storage for food and bar and, in the roof, seasonal bedding plus a serving area for when our guests are enjoying the afternoon and evening sun

We have been offering a food delivery service (

  • free delivery within Thanet
  • buy 9 get 10th free
  • recycling disount (return you container for re-use)
  • Key Worker discounts)

The dishes are designed to be simple, with an emphasis on comfort food and items can be delivered hot or cold, ready for the user to heat.

They are proving to be popular, especially at weekends or for a special birthday or anniversary treat!

Our Easter Delivery Menu was a great success with some really nice feedback from guests who have appreciated us bringing our food to them!

“We had a three course Easter Sunday meal delivered, smoked salmon, roast lamb with all the trimmings and a cheese board. Considering everything it was excellent and will be ordering again for sure. Thank you The Bay Tree Hotel in Broadstairs.”

Our Home Delivery Menu includes:

Sourdough and Baguettes, £3.00 each, and Focaccia, £3.50 each

Smoked Salmon Pate or Island Chowder starters for £3.95 each

Shepherds Pie, Kentish Fisherman’s Pie, Lamb Rogan Josh and Moroccan Lamb Tagine for £7.95 each plus Moroccan Tagine and Cauliflower Cheese (both suitable for vegetarians) for £6.95 each

Deserts include a slice of Simnel Cake for £2.50, Spring Fruit Trifle for £4.50, Berry Crumble with Custard, Eton Mess or Tart au Citron for £4.95 or a Cheeseboard with biscuits for £5.95

The chowder and the main courses can be delivered hot or suitable for home-warming

Please call 01843 862502 to place an order

We grow many of our own herbs and use bay leaves from our large bay tree!

Now the evenings are getting longer we have been able to take Ben and Ptolemy out more, although we are good about keeping all walks immediately around the hotel and not necessitating car journeys!

The Bay Tree faces directly east and so the beach is at it’s most sunny in the morning:

We are not sure if the reduction in polution from people being is helping make the chalk more visible and the water clearer in Stone Bay

Here it is possible to see how Stone Bay got it’s name! It has been like this in the past

This second video also shows one of our favourite walks towards the farm behind the North Foreland lighthouse and Joss Bay

Of course, we have plenty of reading material in The Bay Tree library (with even more in our owners area!)
You may know that The Thirty-Nine Steps is located in Broadstairs, very close by!

Another set of fictional characters  originates from Pete Postlethwaite’s Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine and The Clangers! (Pete was a Broadstairs resident)/ Why not use some extra time to find an old episode of these childrens’ television programmes on YouTube? There’s even a blue plaque over his house picturing The Clangers in Broadstairs!

Alistair relaxes making models for the model railway he has planned but not yet built while Robert works on a tapestry kit

Robert also engages in various online meetings, frequently with participants from around the globe and is still singing online with virtual Rock Choir!

We would like to thank all of our guests, friends and staff for their support at this challenging time and wish everyone a Happy, Peaceful and Safe Easter – Robert, Alistair, Ben and Ptolemy






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