Chestnut, a collection of pubs, inns and restaurants across East Anglia, is launching a new free soup service and takeaway menu to support local communities, amid the coronavirus crisis.
Philip Turner, founder of the Chestnut – which runs 11 pubs across East Anglia employing 340 people – was ‘stunned’ after Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised people not to go out while stopping short of ordering entertainment venues to close.
“Obviously revenues are going to be severely impacted by the government advice,” he said. “It’s a business nightmare scenario.”
In line to the government’s new relaxed restrictions regarding takeaway food, Chestnut is introducing a new takeaway service for loyal customers and local communities, which will launch immediately in 8 of the 11 pubs, with the others to follow.
The Black Lion is currently offering to deliver free hot vegetable soup to locals that are vulnerable and may not be able to leave their house.
Currently customers will collect the food from Chestnut properties.