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Eye pub takes menu on the road

With the help of local volunteers, an Eye pub is delivering food and even pints of beer to residents in self-isolation due to coronavirus.

The Queens Head in Cross Street began taking orders this week, delivering home-cooked meals and pints in plastic cups with cling film on, after a growing number of customers underwent self-isolation.

Leigh Gardiner, 44, who has owned the pub since June last year, said: “We made the decision in response to people being wary of coronavirus and self-isolating.

Lee Gardiner with Karla Bloomfield and Diane Leeder.Picture: Mecha Morton
Lee Gardiner with Karla Bloomfield and Diane Leeder.Picture: Mecha Morton

“It’s all home-cooked food, and all really healthy, to help people’s immune systems – things with lots of garlic and lots of chilli in them. We’re making sure the staff cooking it are all wearing protective gloves, too.

“We thought that if people can’t come to the pub, we will bring the pub to them.”

The pub is using volunteers as delivery drivers, who are happy to help anyone who cannot leave the house.

The initiative follows in the footsteps of Paul Razey, from Eye, who set up a Facebook group in order to help offer support to affected residents and businesses alike.

The 48-year-old father-of-two said: “On Facebook, there was a lot of people asking for help via lots of different pages, so we set it up to keep everything in one place.

“If people want to pick up a delivery, they can do it through us. People are really chipping in.”

Since being set up on Sunday, the group has already garnered more than 350 members.

Pub owners across the country are concerned after Health Secretary Matt Hancock suggested that the UK may follow the approach adopted by Italy, France and Spain in closing all restaurants and pub – a point not lost on Mr Gardiner.

“Whether we will still be open, who knows,” he said. “We are preparing for the worst – it’s going to have a knock-on effect for the staff, and people who come into the pub daily.”

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