It’s an incredibly challenging time out there right now for so many businesses. Pubs across the country (and the world!) have had to shut their doors, and although there has been government suppport for businesses announced, it won’t kick in properly for some time to come.
In the meantime, we asked the landlords and pub lovers on our newsletter what they thought were the best ways to support their local pub right now, and here are some of their answers:
1) See if they are offering a takeaway service.
The most popular suggestion by far, it looks like many pubs have changed their offering while remaining the central hub of their communities.
The Crabtree in Sussex has changed from a Gastropub into a bakery/take-away/off-licence/farmshop. They have timed pick up slots so that people can come in one at a time, and they are also delivering locally.
The Amberley Inn changed from a pub hotel into a pop-up shop selling off the fresh produce and alcohol they had already ordered in for their restaurant (as well as toilet paper from their hotel). Now they are running a pre-order system for next-day timed collection. It keeps people out of busy supermarkets and is keeping the pub managers very busy indeed.
Some pubs, like The Princess of Wales, are still running a full kitchen, with incredible sounding food available for timed collection and delivery.
2) Buy a gift voucher
Planning to visit your favourite pub when they’re back open? Why not buy a gift voucher now for a meal or round of drinks. Budweiser has launched the huge Save Pub Life campaign to bring forward spending and help landlords now, when they need cash. It is matching all purchases up to a cap of £1m to help pubs with their cash flow. Diageo has also launched a support package for pubs, pledging £1m to support bartenders’ wages.
3) Be there for them when they reopen!
Many pubs have taken the hard decision to completely shut their doors. And for those pubs, the best thing you can do is flock back to them once they have reopened. As one of our readers, Kevin, suggests: ‘I look forward to visiting them, eating their wonderful food and seeing a packed pub when this is all eventually over’.
So, do we, Kevin. So do we!
Stay safe everyone!