The Punchline effect being felt by Gloucestershire business who heard our call - you can join them
By James Young | 18th March 2020
The Punchline effect has already been felt by a Gloucestershire pub who answered our call about the need to champion county businesses.
The Old Spot Pub on the A4019 to the west of Cheltenham responded to our lunchtime message yesterday and saw an immediate response.
While social distancing has led to government advice not to go to the local, the Old Spot decided to act and offer takeaway food in order to keep the tills ticking over.
Simon Daws, host at the pub said: "this new initiative also provides a facility for those wishing to feed isolated neighbours or family with handmade, yet healthy hot pub food at just £7.50 a portion.
"Just phone the pub and select from the daily offer, pay over the phone and agree a collection time.
"We want to be socially responsible in our outlook, whilst maintaining some trade to support the employees of the business rather than laying people off.
And for the first night of operation yesterday, the pub had nine takeaway orders.
We sold 9 take away meals tonight 👍 https://t.co/YV9RtBrv6r— 🍺Gloucester Old Spot (@theoldspot) March 17, 2020
Well done, good folk of Gloucestershire, these mainstays of our lives need all the support they can get during these trying times.
At the other end of Cheltenham, The Royal in Charlton Kings have contacted Punchline to say they are providing a similar service for their Wednesday burger night.
They are also offering takeaway beer too.
We are open as usual but now have a takeaway menu available which includes our famous Wednesday Burger Night Menu tonight. Also 20% off for takeaway drinks @soglos @PunchlineGlos @BBCGlos @CheltenhamCAMRA @CkParish @GlosLiveOnline #theroyalathome #takeaway #cheltenham pic.twitter.com/VmR7GMMQwm— The Royal (@Royalpub_) March 18, 2020
Elsewhere in the town, Simpson's Fish and Chips are offering a delivery service to ensure that they keep the fryers frying.
The three-mile radius for delivery includes Prestbury, Charlton Kings, Leckhampton and as far across town as Waitrose.
Elderly residents will be able to pay cash on collection.
Orders can still be made through Deliveroo and Just Eat as usual. Or by contacting the shop direct.
The Lucky Onion are also offering a takeaway service from the Tavern in Cheltenham and the Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power.
In a statement, the Lucky Onion said: "We are working towards providing further food and drink options at our other properties in the next 24 hours as well as looking into ways we can re-purpose our business to support the current environment.
"We will provide further communication on this as soon as we have it."
Menus can be found at the Lucky Onion website and phone orders will be taken from 5.30pm through to 9.30pm every night.
Punchline is championing Gloucestershire business throughout the coronavirus crisis, if your company is doing something new to combat the effects of social distancing, get in touch.
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