Championing Gloucestershire Business - the county firms going above and beyond to beat the blues
By The Punchline Team | 20th March 2020
Punchline will continue to champion the businesses across Gloucestershire who are adapting and evolving to meet the extraordinary times we are living in.
We have reported on pubs who are offering takeaway services for food - and beer - as we go through social distancing.
Punchline was founded to celebrate the Gloucestershire business community and now it is more important than ever to shine a light on the extra mile some firms are going to help us.
We have a database of thousands of subscribers to our Punchline Daily website and our website readership figures are bigger than they have ever been.
So, if your business is doing something different to try and stay ahead of the current crisis, let us know. Let us celebrate the great and extraordinary things Gloucestershire business is doing.
Severn Brewing beer deliveries
With this week's government announcements advising people not to attend pubs and restaurants, Wotton-under-edge small brewery Severn Brewing have been hit with a dilemma.
With hundreds of casks of ale remaining un-drunk in storage, the brewery has appealed to the local community to make sure they don't go to waste.
Iain Crockett, managing director at Severn Brewing said on Facebook: "It would be really appreciated if all my Facebook friend could share this please.
"We have hundreds of casks of ale sat in storage that will have to be tipped if we can't sell them.
"We can put the beer in anything you have. £1.50/pint or £2.60 per Litre. Or we can put into 10L £28.00 or 20L £50 boxes.
"We can drop these anywhere in Gloucestershire with no delivery cost. You can pay on site, or call the office 01453 764170 or you can pay on card on delivery or by cash on delivery."
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Free pasta for school kids
In light of the Government's planned school closures later today, The Whitminster Inn on Bristol Road, Gloucester is providing free tomato pasta and garlic bread for all local primary school children.
This offer is active daily between 12-2pm and 5-7pm daily.
For more information, call the team at The Whitminster Inn on 01452 740234.
LJ's Catering offers meals on wheels
Normally operating from Hucclecote Community Centre, which is due to close for the foreseeable future on Saturday, LJ's café is branching out to provide meals on wheels for those forced to self-isolate.
Despite the closure, business owner Lisa Rust will remain in the kitchens hard at work offering a new service - fittingly named LJ's Meals on Wheels.
In a Facebook post, she said: "I will be able to provide both hot meals, sandwiches, cakes, that will be all freshly prepared and delivered to your door in Gloucester."
"Due to how much interest I receive I will be willing to start on Tuesday 24th March."
The minimum food order is £5 for free delivery and deliveries are available between 12pm - 2pm.
Lovingly cooked and prepared by five-star hygiene rated LJ's Catering, all meals will be in containers and bagged prior to delivery directly to your door.
Delivery is currently offered within Gloucester, but other locations may be considered.
For more information and a food menu, please contact Lisa by calling 07909861300 or emailing email@example.com.
Cirrus Inns takeaway service
Pub chain Cirrus Inns, with three venues in Gloucestershire, are offering takeaway menus and help for locals during the COVID-19 crisis.
The firm has the Horse & Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill, The Kings Arms in Didmarton and The Lion Inn in Winchcombe, as part of its collection.
They are all offering takeaway menus and other key services in this time of need:
The Horse & Groom, Bourton-on-the-hill: Offering a takeaway menu of hearty pub classics, delivery options to the local area as well as staff who can run errands for local people in need. The takeaway menu also includes wine and beer. Full info here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B96b172pqy4/
The Lion Inn, Winchcombe: Takeaway food menu, wine and beer. Menu available here: https://www.facebook.com/thelionwinchcombe/
The King's Arms, Didmarton: Takeaway and local delivery food menu, wine and beer. The pub is running a community shop in which you can buy newspapers, as well as using their suppliers to provide essential grocery shopping to local people. All information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/TheKingsArmsDidmarton/
Major Gloucestershire employer Creed Foodservice is playing its part in helping the local community during these unprecedented times.
Based at Ashville Business Park in Staverton, the family-run business is offering a 'phone and collect' service for people in the local area.
In a tweet they added that they are able to offer a wide range of products, including fresh meat, chilled and ambient grocery and fresh produce for next day collection.
For more information, visit https://creedfoodservice.online/home-essentials.html.
Over Farm Market
The firm favourite on the edge of Gloucester is offering a delivery service to customers within the local area of their farm shop.
That means households in Highnam, Hartpury, Maisemore, Minsterworth and Westbury-on-Severn can get their orders - minimum spend is £35 - delivered free of charge.
Orders will need to be received by Wednesday, ahead of the only delivery day they can provide, which is on a Thursday.
That service is running now, with the market saying that they will evaluate the situation on March 31.
If you live outside of the area and still want to shop at Over, then the Farm Market have introduced special new arrangements.
They are offering collection from the car park, to avoid the need to enter the store. Payments will need to be arranged before collection or delivery.
For more information visit the Over Farm Market website. www.overfarm.co.uk/delivery
Greek on the Docks
The Gloucester Docks restaurant is a favourite with the Punchline staff and they are open as usual, but offering a new takeaway service.
In a statement on Facebook, the restaurant said they will remain open until instructed not to do so by the government.
The fantastic restaurant are also offering a 20 per cent discount to all NHS staff.
They said: "This is an extremely challenging time for all as Coronavirus continues to affect lives and businesses all over the world.
"We can assure you we have taken every possible step to go above and beyond with regards to cleanliness and hygiene throughout our restaurant as well as our team fully understanding the procedure concerning Coronavirus symptoms and relevant isolation, in order to provide the safest environment possible for our staff, guests, friends and suppliers alike.
"For the foreseeable future we are now offering our freshly cooked Greek cuisine to be collected.
"Finally, during this uncertain time, we would like to take this opportunity to ask those who do choose to venture out for a bite to eat to choose a local independent business.
For more information and a menu, visit www.greekonthedocks.co.uk
Punchline wants to support Gloucestershire business throughout the coronavirus crisis. If your business is doing something to help the local community or offering a new service to beat the blues, contact the Punchline team by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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