• Meeple Perk

We've been asked a lot "how things are going with the business?" lately and decided to do an update.

Now as much as we personally do not like the statement "living with Covid-19" this is the position we all find ourselves in, and we will admit, it's tough. We, ourselves included, are still worried about the idea of catching Covid-19, and though we wear masks and mitigate as much as possible there is still a risk. And with this risk comes the drop in bookings and walk-ins, especially when numbers rise and the news reports about new variants.

With no more Government support, living with Covid-19 seems impossible, as costs keep rising, and wages remain stagnant for many of us. We do not want to raise our prices, though this is inevitable at least with regards to our food menu due to our suppliers increasing prices. We do everything possible to keep our costs down, and some of you may have noticed that some nights we close early when we do not have bookings, and the city is quiet. We do not do this because we are lazy, or do not want to work, but because we are trying to save money wherever we can.

As booking numbers drop, we find ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock is Covid-19, and the hard place is the cost of living crisis which both lead to a drop in customers in the cafe. Leaving us to feel we should run more events again and the worrying cycle of not wanting to add to the local Covid-19 cases, but needing to find a solution to the problems we are facing.

We also haven't touched on the mental strain this places on ourselves, as this is our livelihood.

Things are not completely doom and gloom, we are not in a position where we may close down and everything is out of our control, which was sadly the case for 15 other games stores in the UK over the last 6 months (that we know of). But, we are struggling. We had hoped by this point, after almost 4 years of business, we would have hired staff, have an alcohol license and looking to relocate to a bigger venue. This sadly isn't the case anymore, and for the foreseeable, it will be just Drew and I (Rhi) running the business for as long as we can. We love what we do, and would not want to change it, but there comes a time when you have to accept things need to change, and we need to change something soon to survive.

So, if you are wondering how can I support my local games store, even if I cannot afford to come down myself, well here are a few things you can do that cost nothing, and will really help us long term:

  • Share our social media posts, wherever and whenever you can, or just engage with a reaction

  • Review us on Google or Facebook

  • Recommend us to your friends or family when they are looking for something different to do in the city

With that all said, we are likely bringing back our Social Gaming event, as well as Roleplaying Games soon, so please check our social media for announcements. We will also be changing the menu soon to streamline it, and adding some new items for the summer.

Take care everyone,

Rhiannon & Drew


To our wonderful, kind, caring, and all-round awesome community,

On Drew's birthday/our last day of trade for 2021 we just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us. For every coffee purchased, every game played, and every cake eaten, we thank you!

At Meeple Perk we strongly believe that public health comes first. Even more so than success in business, or survival of the business. Every measure we have brought in out of choice or government guidance has been done to protect us all. Masks when not at tables, plastic screens at the tills, the staff continuing to wear masks, and sanitiser not just on entry but at every table. Plus continuing to quarantine our games, and clean the pieces before anyone else plays them (which may have been inconvenient but necessary). Thank you, for respecting our decisions this whole year!

As the weather grows colder and the news on the new variant, Omnicron, goes from bad to worse, we want you to remember all the small businesses you loved over the last year. It's looking likely things might get worse before they get better and the government may not be helping us out of this one (least not financially it seems). Now, this isn't to say we are struggling, but also isn't to say we have plenty in the bank to see us through, so don't worry too much about us, we'll do that enough for all of us!

But aside from the financial toll of the past year, it has also had a major impact on our mental health. It's tough, particularly when it's only the two of us who work here. Constantly dealing with the changes, the guidelines, having to keep up with the constant bad news, cancellations or even just quiet periods. This has taken a great toll as you can imagine, but luckily we've had an amazing community to keep us going! So thank you!

But, it's not all been all doom and gloom! This year we have managed to:

- Grow the collection of games to 400+

- We expanded and improved our website

- We started selling games and lots of indie/local creators wares

- Collaborated with more small businesses and creators than ever before

- Survived in business

- And we were voted as one of the best small businesses in Newcastle!

So there are definitely some positives to be thankful for at the end of the year!

We wish you and yours all the best, the Merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Year's!

With Love

Drew & Rhi

  • Meeple Perk

We really should stop calling this Weekly Updates... but for the moment it will do! Anyway, it's time to announce our festive opening hours and other small announcements!

Festive Opening Hours!

As of November 30th we will be open the following hours:

Tuesday - Thursday 12PM - 8PM

Friday 12PM - Late (7PM last gaming booking/Seated Murder Mystery Booking)

Saturday 11AM - Late (7PM last gaming booking/Seated Murder Mystery Booking)

Sunday 11AM-6PM

We will then be closing on December 20th till the New Year, would be lovely to see you before the Christmas period, also December 19th is Drew's birthday!

Festive Food and Drinks

We will be launching our new Festive Menu next week from the 25th November: Peppermint Hot Chocolate Black Forest Gateaux Hot Chocolate (Add Espresso to make it a mocha!) Gingerbread Latte Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich (available vegetarian) Brie, Cranberry and Rocket Sandwich (available with DF cheese for vegans) Turkey, Brie and Cranberry Sandwich Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry Sandwich with a side of warm gravy for dipping Ham, Stuffing and Apple Sauce Sandwich Falafel, Stuffing and Apple Sauce Sandwich (Vegan) (Remember we prep to order so sandwiches can be changed to meet dietary requirements)

New Venue/Event Hire

We've snuck some new things onto our website! You can now book Meeple Perk for a private venue hire to play games with up to 20 of your friends, or work colleagues plus Drew and Rhi as your Games Coordinators!

Just check out the website: https://www.meepleperk.co.uk/our-shops We are also now offering Event Hire! Fancy a private game of Werewolf or Two Rooms & A Boom check out how to book on our website: https://www.meepleperk.co.uk/event-hire


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