Since the Government made their announcement to close all pubs on March 20, the Wickwar Wessex Pub Company in Gloucestershire has been searching for the best way to support their local communities through the Covid-19 outbreak.
On April 6, the company’s Old Badger Pub in Eastington teamed up with the Eastington coronavirus charity to launch a free community meals programme.
The programme is a voluntary initiative offering free food for the over 70’s and vulnerable in the village of Eastington and surrounding areas.
Old Badger general managers, Mark and Heather Frazer and their two chefs Emily Pegler and Andrew Bingham, have volunteered to cook up a storm twice a week utilising the pub kitchen.
Members of the public can now phone the pub on a Monday or Thursday between 11am and 2pm to nominate someone they know who would benefit from a free meal.
The meal is then delivered to the customer the following afternoon.
Feedback on the initiative has been incredibly positive, with over 70 meals delivered last week from a standing start and another 100 to go out this week.
Members of the Eastington community have also thanked the team on the excellent quality of the food.
Ian Frost, commercial director for Wickwar Wessex Pub Company said:“In these unprecedented times, it’s fantastic that we are able to utilise one of our pubs to support the Eastington coronavirus charity.
“The local community is at the heart of everything we do as a business, so we’re delighted to help some of the elderly or more vulnerable members of the community in this way.”
The Wickwar Wessex Pub Company currently supplies their range of locally manufactured real ales to 14 of their managed pub sites and free trade pubs across the South West.
A selection of their bottled ales is also available in retail outlets such as Morrisons and Waitrose.