Club Update

Coronavirus / Covid 19 Virus
Last Updated: 2nd November 2020

 

I am writing to update you on how the Club is responding to the Government's plans for a second National Lockdown, which is due to come into effect at midnight on Wednesday 4th November.  
 
Stratford House Operations
From 10pm on Wednesday 4th November, the Club will pause its in-person Food and Beverage operations (the Oriental Club Express delivery service will continue to be available).  All reservations for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will go ahead as planned up until that point.  The Club Team will contact all Members who have reservations during the Lockdown period.
 
At this stage, the Club's understanding is that it may provide accommodation for Members and Guests requiring it for essential purposes.  We will continue to honour and accept reservations until further notice.  It is hoped that, as a minimum, a simple room service Breakfast will be provided, subject to government advice.
 
Staff Welfare
As announced in the Prime Minister's statement on Saturday, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 2nd December.   The Club will continue to utilise this Scheme as appropriate.
 
The regular all Staff Zoom calls will remain an important way in ensuring morale is maintained, along with the W1C Staff Newsletter.
 
Oriental Club Express - AVAILABLE DURING LOCKDOWN
May I take this opportunity to remind Members of the Oriental Club Express which is available for delivery anywhere in the UK Mainland.   This premium delivery service brings a taste of the Club to your home, much needed in these turbulent times!  It is designed for a minimum of two people and has a duo of options - the Curry Express and the Western Express - for £35.  Specially curated wine cases are also available to order with your meal in partnership with Club Supplier - Hayward Bros. Wines.  The Menu will expand over the coming weeks - look out for new dishes in upcoming Newsletters.  Overseas Members are most welcome to order to send to friends and family in the UK.
 
Please click here for further details and to order the Curry Express and here for the Western Express.  The service is also available for large orders to multiple households.  Please contact mailto:clubsales@orientalclub.org.uk if you have any questions or would like further information. 
 
Friends and family are now also able to order their own Oriental Club Express via a new, separate ordering system - follow this link for more details.  Please note that Members should continue to use the Order Form on the website for their own orders.
 
Virtual Private Dining

The Club now has a Virtual Private Dining service enabling Members, friends, family and colleagues to continue to share meals and celebrations from the comfort of their homes.  This will be offered in conjunction with the Oriental Club Express service and will include both Food and Wine.
 
Full details of this initiative will be circulated later this week.  Please do contact mailto:functions@orientalclub.org.uk with any initial enquiries.
 
Club Events Calendar
The Club will continue its popular On-line Programme with new events added regularly - view the current Events Calendar here.  If you would like to attend any of these events please contact mailto:events@orientalclub.org.uk.
 
All Events at the Club with ‘in-person’ attendance are postponed until further notice. We will update Members in future communications.
 
On-line Boutique
Members are able to browse and purchase the full range of Club Merchandise via the website from the Oriental Club On-line Boutique.  Perfect for stocking up on Christmas gifts for friends, family and colleagues.  This service is designed for the convenience of Members who often enquire about the Club’s Collection and purchase items as personal mementoes of the Club, or as gifts.  The Boutique will be updated with new items from time to time – look out for updates in upcoming Newsletters.
 
The Boutique is accessible here in the Members' Area of the website.  The Collection features a wide range of products from highly regarded, specialist companies including Bellevue Tea, Shipton & Heneage, Morvan and Noel and Musto.  It includes the Signature Oriental Club Tea Blend, the Luxury Bathrobe and Towels, the Velvet Slippers, Socks, Polo Shirts, Gilets and Club Cufflinks.   This service offers worldwide shipping - delivery is estimated at 5 - 7 business days for UK orders.  Please allow additional time for orders for delivery outside of the UK.