Your comfort and safety and that of our team are paramount, we therefore have a number of new procedures in place, these measures will be monitored and updated in accordance with new guidance from government, our own risk assessments and changes to law.
Update 7th October, 6pm curfew, no alcohol sales until the 2nd November
For 23 days from Friday the 10th October, we are not permitted to open beyond 6pm and alcohol sales indoors are banned at anytime.
Our new opening hours are as follows:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday 10am to 6pm food served 10am-4:30pm
Thursday 10am to 6pm food served 10am-4:30pm
Friday 10am to 6pm food served 10am-4:30pm
Saturday 9am to 6pm food served 9am-4:30pm
Sunday 9am to 6pm food served 9am-4:30pm
Although alcohol sales indoors are no longer permitted, we can and will serve alcohol outside.
Summary of new opening hours:
Last booking for food will be 4pm including weekends.
Open for Brunch from 10am weekdays, 9am on Saturday and Sunday.
Closing daily at 6pm.
There is now a curfew in place of 6pm. As a result of this our latest booking will be 4pm.
Note, there is NO 'drinking up'time, you MUST be outside by 6pm.
Please adhere to the time of your booking as there are no longer any waiting areas and this avoids unnecessary contact with other diners.
Maximum booking 6 people.
Maximum of 2 households.
Please follow the one way system.
Please use the hand sanitizer provided.
There is a maximum time limit for your booking of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Face coverings must be worn on arrival, departure and if moving around the restaurant eg going to the toilet.
Please do not move around unnecessarily or visit other parties within the restaurant, children should be well supervised and not allowed to wander.
Contact details to include a telephone number are now required by law for track and trace.
If you feel unable to comply with any of the rules, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or if you are currently within a quarantine period please do not come to the restaurant, the safety of our guests and staff is our first priority. Always be considerate of others!
Sill feeling unsure? Here is some of the latest feedback on current restrictions and measures in place:
"Dining out during the current Covid circumstances could be perceived as quite stressful. But at Fennel it couldn't be further from the case -hand sanitizers, one way systems, plastic 'shields' between tables all put your mind at ease. But at the same time don't impose on the dining experience. The atmosphere is relaxed with the most friendly and attentive waiting staff. They certainly have the customers safety as a priority as we watched the waitress carefully and thoroughly cleaning the table and chairs between service, and wipe the menu page by page. And the food is amazing, creative and tasty. What you get is a gastronomic experience of imagination and quality produce. Inverurie really has so much to offer residents and visitors alike." ***** Btracyt, Trip Advisor
"Our first visit since lockdown and we were not disappointed! Lots of additional precautions put in place to make us feel safe without it feeling too clinical or industrial. The staff were extremely attentive and professional and clearly had training on the new Covid procedures. The restaurant was busy but had plenty of space for distancing and at no point did we feel concerned about people being close to us. Loved the new menu, the food was delicious and expertly presented. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone not sure about going in these uncertain times! Thank you to the wonderful people at Fennel for making things feel a bit more 'normal' again. Can't wait to go back!" ***** Trip Advisor
How long do I have after closing time to finish drinks etc under these new rules?
None. The new rule is a CURFEW, therefore you MUST be finished and outside by 6pm, not a minute later.
Can I book two tables next to each other to get round the maximum booking of 6 or 2 households?
No, sorry. With the new layout we don't really have tables next to each other and we are also required to limit the number of people entering together at any one time as well as noise and other factors. If you did book two tables they would be at different times and likely even on different floors.
Can I book a larger table at a future date on the assumption that the rules will have been relaxed by then?
Unfortunately not, in the last few weeks the rules have been significantly tightened rather than relaxed with little evidence that the situation will improve as we approach winter.
Why is there no background music?
This law was brought in a few weeks ago during the Aberdeen lockdown and is now being enforced by police visits. No background music of any sort is allowed.