d’Parys reopens with its team winning the Travellers’ Choice award


Following a challenging few months due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the d’Parys on De Parys Avenue, Bedford, has hit the ground running, with an impressive level of trade in its first few weeks of reopening, and has picked up a prestigious new accolade to celebrate.

The d’Parys team has worked tirelessly to create an environment that’s safe yet social, controlled yet  welcoming, and their efforts have paid off; despite the ongoing trading limitations imposed by Covid-19 restrictions, food and drink sales are now approaching pre-lockdown levels, just a couple of weeks after reopening.

Tor Humpherston, Operations Manager at the d’Parys, explains: “We worked hard during lockdown to provide the best service we could in the form of takeaway meals, drinks and grocery boxes, both to help our local community and to ensure that the pub’s name was front of mind when the time came to reopen.”

Deputy Manager, Ron Hazlehurst, added: “We’ve grown fond of the phrase ‘safe but sexy’ here at the d’Parys. By this we mean that we’ve undertaken thorough risk assessments and made the venue as safe as possible from a health perspective, without plastering arrows and signs everywhere and ruining the atmosphere in our lovely pub. We believe we’ve found a good balance between enticing our loyal customers to return to their local whilst ensuring their wellbeing remains our top priority, and this is reflected in the positive feedback and reviews we’ve been getting since reopening.”

Speaking of positive feedback, the d’Parys has additional reason for celebration in the form of a coveted Travellers’ Choice award from TripAdvisor. Every year the world’s largest travel platform pulls together all the reviews, ratings and bookmarks logged on its website to shine a spotlight on the very best in the hospitality field, and the d’Parys has made the cut for 2020.

General Manager Luke Wood, comments: “To be recognised for a Travellers’ Choice award is a big deal for us here at the d’Parys. Whether serving socially-distanced drinks in our beautiful beer garden or welcoming the first guests back to our hotel rooms, our loyal team work tirelessly to ensure a first-class customer experience at every turn, and I see this award as welcome recognition of their efforts. The Travellers’ Choice award has made us more motivated than ever to deliver a safe, social and fun pub experience to an ever-increasing customer base in the coming weeks and months.”