As the coronavirus crisis worsens in the UK, every business will be affected. But following Boris Johnson’s advice that customers should avoid bars, pubs and restaurants as part of stringent new measures, the hospitality industry has been left fearing for its future.
三级成人视频Many restaurants and bars are already putting extra measures in place, from creating more space between tables to carrying out deep cleans, providing extra hand sanitisers and more. But in the face of dwindling customer numbers, some businesses have opted to completely adapt what they do.
三级成人视频For some restaurants, that means offering takeaway and delivery services, while others are putting together care packages for the elderly and those who have had to self isolate. Cafes in some areas of the country are offering a ‘drive-thru’ service, allowing customers to text or phone their order then sending out staff to take it out to them in their car.
For others, the prospect of cancelled events and empty bars and restaurants has forced them to ‘pivot’ their business to a different offering.
三级成人视频Birmingham-based street food trader Andy Stubbs, whose business, usually relies on pop-up and food festival events across the country that are now likely to be cancelled, is offering his slow-cooked meat dishes via mail order for customers to reheat at home.
“It’s something I have been asked about for years but never had the time,” he says. “I do 90 per cent of the cooking on my own and only just manage to cook for my events, making everything from scratch with local incredible ingredients which takes a lot of my time. The pre-orders would be taken via email," he explains. "I will provide a menu of the weekly items on sale with prices. I will then cook the items, vacuum pack them, label them and provide use-by dates and cooking instructions to re-heat, even meal suggestions and sides to create low ’n’ slow at home.”
Without his usual events, Stubbs predicts his business can survive for a couple of months at most, and while he hopes his mail order effort will help him weather the tough times, only time will tell.
三级成人视频Already, he says, “the response has been incredible and I feel lucky I have something that people want. I figure if people can’t go out they can have local great barbecue to eat at home.”
In London, restaurateurs Natasha Cooke and Lucy Pedder have already had to close their newly-opened second venue and are now concerned for the future of their critically-acclaimed restaurant .
Dubbing themselves, ‘Women on Wheels’, they have decided to hop on their mopeds and deliver their food across the capital. The pair hope to sign up to Deliveroo but until then say they’re prepared to do the deliveries themselves and are tweaking their menu from lunch and dinner services to offer everything from healthy juices to home-cooked dinners.
“If our customers want to see us come out of the other side we need to have their support,” said Cooke, “and we will support them back with healthy, hearty meals, fresh juices and everything to help them stay healthy and happy during this time.”
Meanwhile, in Padstow, is creating trays of whole fish for collection, prepared for oven-baking and ready with citrus-based or Asian dressings, while further north, Kendal-based bakery is taking its offering on the road, establishing pop-up mobile bread shops so people can buy fresh bread while avoiding shopping in busy areas.
With a large wholesale business across the north-west of England and their market stall at Altrincham and bakery shop in Kendal not enough to futureproof the business, owner Catherine Connor says she and husband Aidan Monks realised quickly that they would be vulnerable.
“The other aspect we are aware of was how vulnerable our community would be,” she said. As a consequence, they decided to “bring the bread to people”, she said, working with fellow food businesses to take their offerings to a handful of locations around Cumbria on set days.
三级成人视频“They don’t have to worry about public transport and being in closed spaces, and hopefully they’ll be reassured by fresh air,” she says. “There were lots of motives - there was our need to look after our community, our need to look after our team, and our need to adapt the business really quickly with the resources we have.”
For Sam Espensen, founder of , a range of naturally-infused vodkas, gins and whiskies based in Redfield, Bristol, coronavirus has brought the cancellation of all her events as well as booked markets, private parties and tastings.
“It’s a horror show,” she said. “Our business has disappeared overnight.” Refusing to admit defeat, however, Espensen has adapted the business, pre-mixing drinks for people to have at home. “Our cocktails are very popular, so I’m hand delivering and posting out little cocktail kits and pre-mixed bottles of our most popular ones. We’re also really pushing our online shop. It’s a way for people to support us while also having something to enjoy themselves.”
三级成人视频For cookery schools unable to continue their usual work, they are turning to the online world to offer their teaching. in Warwickshire, which supplies local restaurants and has its own shop, was planning to introduce bread-making courses in April but has now had to think again.
三级成人视频Owner Lac Hincu says, “We’re thinking of doing a few courses via Facebook or online instead. Baking is one of those skills that is really beneficial to have at times like this. On top of that, it’s quite therapeutic and might help people while they’re confined at home. It won’t necessarily make up for lost business, but it’s something we can do that might help people.”
三级成人视频In Cornwall, Rupert Cooper, owner of , says that his business relies on catering at weddings and events. “I rely on a handful of those to pay rent for the year. Then everything else is able to function. So this fear of people congregating at events could be disastrous.”
三级成人视频He, too, is planning on offering online courses for people. “There will be a lot of bored people at home so I will be creating content, using cupboard essentials. Basically I will be turning water into wine!”