PUB staff who worked to provide 6,000 meals for NHS workers and vulnerable people in lockdown have been recognised for their efforts.
Sally Pussey’s Inn near Royal Wootton Bassett is continuing to help people in need during the pandemic.
The hostelry, run by The Relish Group for Arkell’s, had to diversify as Covid restrictions were imposed, and began offering takeaway services. It dished up more than 20,000 burgers to customers in the surrounding area.
Cirencester-based Relish launched an appeal as part of the Open Kitchens initiative last year to raise £11,000 so its staff in different venues could provide and distribute meals to those in need.
It then launched its own pizzeria at Sally Pussey’s in the third lockdown, selling more than 2,000 in the space of just six weeks.
The outside bar served 19,000 pints, which Relish said was a “testament to what the hospitality industry can achieve against adversity,” said director Rob Goves.
North Wiltshire MP James Gray dropped by for a pint to celebrate reopening and look forward to the possible lifting of Covid restrictions on June 21.
Rob said: “The business has to diversify to stay alive and Sally Pussey’s has always had a loyal following for our food, service and style.
“We wanted to show James exactly what we have done here to keep this business going and how the industry needs support to stay alive.”
The MP said: “It may be a little early to confirm but I see no need to delay.
“The vaccination programme has been extremely successful and continues to be so. Industry and commerce now needs our support if we are to get out of this.
“I commend the work of the hospitality industry in this area and the nation during these times.”
“With, possibly, the largest beer garden this side of the M4, Sally Pussey’s can now accommodate around 180 customers across both inside and outdoor locations, with the option for takeaway orders too.
He added: “Relish have done a fabulous job but to help out all venues we must move on and continue on the road map and see measures lifted on 21 June.”