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Camra campaigns to help Suffolk pubs survive outbreak

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Members of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) in Suffolk have launched a campaign to help the county’s pubs survive.

Following the Government’s decision to close all pubs and restaurants to combat the Covid-19 crisis, members have created a directory to help show people which of their locals are doing takeaways or delivering food to their communities.

Tony Green, who is the campaign co-ordinator, said: “Many of Suffolk’s pubs were already struggling before the lockdown and are in danger of closing permanently.

The directory has been created to list pubs that are serving their customers in different ways.
The directory has been created to list pubs that are serving their customers in different ways.

“Although they are no longer allowed to open their doors as normal, many are now offering a beer or food takeaway service.

“And a good few will also deliver to people in their local area, which is a boon for people who are self-isolating. There are even some which are operating food banks to help vulnerable local residents.”

Mr Green said a recent survey found that 71 per cent of Britons are considering pub takeaways as an essential service during the coronavirus outbreak, which he says shows there is clearly demand for what pubs are doing at the moment.

He said: “We need people to help their pubs by using the limited services they can still offer.”

The directory, which includes The Greyhound at Botesdale, The Queen at Dennington and Framlingham’s Crown Hotel, is a single source of information listing details of what they is offered, along with all the necessary contact details.

“Let’s all get together and enjoy some delicious beers and maybe some good food as well – so much nicer than going to the supermarket,” said Mr Green.

Camra’s national chairman Nik Antona agreed that, during these unprecedented times, communities needed to pull together to help keep the UK’s producers and pubs afloat.

He said: “We want to connect people with pubs as well as beer and cider producers in their area, so that they can purchase great beer or a hot meal locally,

“This could end up being a real lifeline for people who are unable to get a delivery slot and could help ease some of the stress and burden of self-isolating during these troubling times.

“Pubs and breweries need our help now more than ever – without a strong show of support from local communities, many are destined for permanent closure.”

The directory can be found on the Suffolk Camra website at suffolk.camra.org.uk/takeaway.

Any pubs not on the list can contact Mr Green from there to be added.

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