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What we are doing now

Saturday, March 21, 2020
We are working hard to adapt to the fast changing landscape, this week we launched our takeaway menu and it is amazing how well it has been received, so now we have introduced some new dishes for lunchtime and launched a takeaway Sunday lunch service too,

We can deliver to you, free of charge for orders above £30 within three miles of the Moody Cow, or further if you accept an additional charge of £1 per mile over three miles.


Next week we will launch Moody Cow shop essentials and essentials plus
We intend to stock the groceries that you need and other essentials such as toiletries, we will also have a selection of prepared vegetables and prepared packs for casseroles, stews, stir fry and soups ready for you to cook at home, this should save you time and make life a little easier if you are feeling under the weather.

If you are living in our community and self isolating we will bring you what you need and provide any other assistance we can. The village has set up a WhatsApp group for those in the village to request assistance.

If you are collecting a takeaway or picking up shopping it is vital that you observe current guidance on social distancing, you will be asked to sanitize your hands, we will check you are not holding a fever and keep a minimum of two meters between you and the nearest person to you. If you have had contact with anyone infected with COVID-19 please do not come to the Moody Cow, instead ask us for contact less delivery.

If you are 70 or over, have underlying health issues or are in the later stages of pregnancy please don't come to the Moody Cow, instead ask about contact less delivery.

Only one person will be allowed in the building at a time and please respect our safety be keeping 2 meters between us.

I knew all along that we had a fantastic team and super supportive customers, the events of the last few days made me realise that I had underestimated you, you are so much better than I ever imagined.

Please stay safe, look after yourself be kind and thoughtful to those nearby, thank you and good luck

Business, not quite as usual!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
We promised that we would share our plan to work through the current crisis.

From this evening we will be offering a selection of our dishes on a take away basis, you can either call by to collect or we will deliver to you if you are unable to leave the house, each dish will be made with the same care and attention to detail that we have earned a reputation for.

These dishes will be available from Wednesday to Saturday evenings from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. and you can see the menu on the food page of our website.

If you are further afield and miss our famous barbeque pork spare ribs we can send them by post so that you can enjoy them at home, there are other items for sale in our online shop too.

If you are a Moody Cow Club Card holder you will be entitled to a 10% discount and we are offering a number of other "treats" that are refreshed every month, if you fancy joining the Moody Cow Club you can purchase your card on line and we will post it to you, once you receive it you can start using it straight away. We hope that this offer will be taken up by those in our community that are vulnerable and need to protect themselves from the risk of becoming ill.

As long as we are able we will be operating to new opening hours, from Friday lunchtime through Sunday lunchtime, in addition to our existing industry leading standards of hygiene we have taken some additional steps to ensure the safety of our guests and our team.

Every table will be a minimum of 2M apart, we can also offer al fresco private dining for up to six in the gazebo which has a wood burning stove and we can offer a table for four in the grain store which also is equipped with a wood burning stove.

If you are in a vulnerable category we would encourage to to follow the current Government guidance and stay at home and of course, if you are suffering with any of the symptoms associated with Coronavirus COVID-19 then please postpone your visit. All visitors will be expected to sanitize their hands before entering the premises.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and our amazing team for their unstoppable energy. we have a couple of other plans up our sleeves.

We will continue to keep you posted as this story unfolds

Coronavirus Covid-19 update #2

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The direction from Government announced yesterday evening has very significant implications for the Moody Cow, our team, our guests and of course the entire hospitality sector.

As you can imagine, a significant number of guests who had made bookings for the coming weeks have decided to postpone or cancel their booking most usually because a member of their party is in a vulnerable group either due to their age or an underlying health issue, we all totally understand this, it is vital that we do all that we can to protect those most at risk from this infection.

During the course of today we will contact other guests that have made bookings and try to establish their intentions, we are also busy investigating ways that we could continue to operate through this crisis and how we can support the most vulnerable in our community.

Tomorrow morning we will brief our team and soon after we will let you know our plans.

This is a fast moving situation which will test us all.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Friday, March 13, 2020
At the Moody Cow we quite understand that you visit us to escape from the news but we thought it would be an appropriate time for us to let you know what action we have been and will be taking.

As you would expect, most of the commonsense advice we are being asked to take is second nature to us and in this respect nothing will change:

Our team are highly trained in food hygiene and the training is updated frequently, we operate to the highest professional standards, hand washing frequently with a commercial antibacterial soap is thorough and frequent, our kitchens and the equipment we use are industry leading and we have always deep cleaned the kitchens after service is finished on Sunday, we always sanitize surfaces and utensils between tasks and we also sanitize all contact surfaces to the dining rooms and public areas routinely throughout service and at the end of each service.

This is pretty much business as usual for us, but there are a number of things we now need to do as well and some of these things may affect our guests.

We will ask you if you, or any of the guests in your party have knowingly had close contact with a person who has returned from an area affected by Coronavirus in the last fourteen days. We will ask you for your contact details even if you didn't reserve a table with us. If you have any symptoms such as fever, persistent dry cough or winter flu like symptoms we would ask you to stay at home, and if you display any of these symptoms we will ask you to leave. We will ensure a minimum of 1M separation between tables and if any of our team need to self-isolate we will have to review the service we can offer our guests.

The well being of our guests and our team is our first priority, we will continue to monitor events closely and take speedy, appropriate action if necessary.

Thank for your support and understanding.




The big switch on

Friday, November 01, 2019
Now that the autumn harvest is in we are busy in the Moody Cow kitchens making chutneys, infusing spirits and soaking fruit ready for the launch of our Christmas party menu.

This year the festivities will start at 6pm on Wednesday the 4th of December, over the next two weeks young designers who live in Upton Bishop have been invited to design the decoration for the top of the Christmas tree, we will then have just a few days to turn the winning design into reality so that everyone will get to see it when the tree is lit up.

The winning young designer will receive £50 in vouchers to spend on school materials and another £50 to spend on whatever takes their fancy, and of course will get to keep the famous challenge cup for a year.

You are welcome to come, we will be singing carols,offering warm mince pies, piping hot mulled wine and roasting chestnuts.

Do let us know if you are planning to join us so we don't run out of mince pies!

We are all taking a short break

Friday, August 30, 2019
We are closing after lunch service on Sunday 1st September and will open again for lunch on Wednesday 11th September.

We would like to thank all of you for all of your support and look forward to welcoming you back in September.

M50 Closure 15/2 through 17/2

Friday, February 15, 2019
A significant number of our guests travel to visit us at the Moody Cow.

Unfortunately essential maintenance is scheduled to take place on the M50 this weekend and will affect those guests who are visiting us from the North via the M5.

Highways England have assured us that effective diversion signage will be in place, we have contacted those guests that we know will be affected, but just in case we though it would be wise to let you know to add around 20 minutes to your journey time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Maximum score for food hygiene

Friday, February 01, 2019
In a way it couldn't have come at a worse time!

Tom and his team of talented young Chef's were busy cooking for our first few lunchtime guests, I was outside, with the chainsaw cutting up logs, I don't know about you, but when I am working outside going to get covered in sawdust I don't tend to don my best togs!

No need to worry, after spending an hour or so running through all of our records, and another hour observing lunch service we were given the maximum rating of 5.

This is a credit to Tom and his team.

Michelin Red Guide 2019

Friday, November 02, 2018
We are all thrilled to be listed for the fifth year running in the Michelin Red Guide.

This is a fantastic achievement by Tom and his young team, who work tirelessly to deliver consistent quality every single day.

I asked Tom to share the secret of his success, he said  "I just love cooking, creating new dishes, working with the best quality ingredients and making small quantities of each dish every single day".

His passion is distilled throughout his entire team.

We are taking a short break

Thursday, June 14, 2018
The team at the Moody Cow are off for a short summer break.

We will close after lunch service on Sunday the 17th June and re-open for lunch on Thursday the 28th of June.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and look forward to seeing you soon.

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