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Long Stratton's Netherton Steakhouse goes the extra mile for its community




A restaurant’s owners have been working long hours to help feed those in financial difficulty, with a little help from Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Netherton Steakhouse in Long Stratton, started out giving away one free meal for every takeaway roast dinner sold through January, but co-owner Craig Grant, 34, realised that more could be done if he was willing to put in the hours.

“I worked out I could produce a nutritious and substantial meal for £2, covering various dishes, so I spoke to suppliers to negotiate prices for any excess stock they had.

Craig Grant runs the Netherton House Steakhouse in Long Stratton. They have been preparing free meals for people in need during lockdown. They have also set up a fundraiser to help them cover the cost of ingredients (£2 per meal) so they can put together more meals and have raised £1,500 so far....Picture by Mecha Morton.
Craig Grant runs the Netherton House Steakhouse in Long Stratton. They have been preparing free meals for people in need during lockdown. They have also set up a fundraiser to help them cover the cost of ingredients (£2 per meal) so they can put together more meals and have raised £1,500 so far....Picture by Mecha Morton.

“Having seen how people are struggling right now, I thought we could use our time and facilities more constructively.

“So I currently spend my weeks preparing and producing meals with the help of my partner, Lucy, who helps out in the evenings after she finishes work.

“We happily give our time for free, but we hope that anyone who feels able to afford it will offer a £2 donation to cover the basic costs of ingredients.”

The couple, who live at the restaurant, offer three meals per family member, to be collected on Thursdays between 2pm and 6pm.

They have also set up a donation page to help cover ingredient costs so more meals can be prepared for those in need.

The page has raised £1,500, allowing the pair to provide three meals to an extra 250 people.

Mr Grant and Miss Bull also do food drops for homeless people in Norwich, with the help of their business partner Kevin Reynolds, and have been supported by Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul, who made a donation and has publicised their efforts on social media.

“There are lots ofpeople who need nutritious meals for their kids while trying to juggle work and childcare or looking for work, andI believe it’s a time when we should all come together”, said Mr Grant.

“We will also begin delivering in the coming days to help those isolating”, he added.

To make a donation towards the restaurant’s ingredient costs, go to gofund.me/8053e961.



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