Here are just a few examples of some of the great initiatives our Business Partners have delivered during lockdown.
The Fox Inn turned their pub into their own unique ‘FO-OP’ community shop, with an impressive selection of fresh and home-made produce, groceries and household essentials, and set up a bespoke ‘FO-OP’ online shop website. In addition, they created fantastic takeaway ‘Fox Boxes’, including vegetable, fruit and salad boxes, Easter Weekend Brunch and Father’s Day cheese and wine boxes, plus online shoppers can ‘build’ their own picnic and BBQ orders with the FO-OP’s dedicated shopping pages.
FO-OP online shop: https://www.brewerandbaker.co.uk/
The Barford Inn truly established themselves as the heart of their community, adapting their home-made food and drink menu for takeaway and delivery, becoming a drop-off point for groceries, bread and meat, delivering to the vulnerable and self-isolating, and disseminating information for local volunteer groups. They were featured in their local New Valley News on 12th June and championed for proving their value to the village.
Valley News article: https://www.newvalleynews.co.uk/food-drink/pub-proves-its-village-value/
The Crown Inn have shown incredible community support and engagement, and supplied the Blackmore Vale Partnerships NHS surgeries with afternoon teas, including delicious homemade scones, cake, pasties and sandwiches.
The Dorset Soldier kindly gifted meat packs and grocery bags to frontline NHS workers, after requesting nominations on their Facebook page. They have provided great community support with a ‘pop-up shop’ in the pub and they installed a new defibrillator at the beginning of July, with funds of over £1,000 raised from their Christmas fundraising efforts.
The Lamb Inn created a great new partnership by teaming up with local restaurant Three Veg to offer a wonderful menu of frozen meals and their own ‘pop-up’ shop, all for takeaway or free local delivery.
The Cock & Bottle helped and supported their local community by setting up a well-stocked ‘pop-up shop’, with all the essentials, fresh produce, home-made cakes and a wonderful selection of home-cooked frozen takeaway meals.
This is just a selection of the many examples of inspiring work our Business Partners have been doing to support their local communities over the last few months. Pub operators across the country have shown incredible innovation, adaptability and resilience during their temporary closure, which has only served to highlight and reinforce their importance within communities.