Over the past year of working with restaurants and hospitality businesses (as part of my day job) I have witnessed first-hand the emotional rollercoaster that these often small, family-owned businesses have had to ride for the last year.
It has been utterly relentless, and it isn’t over yet; not by a long way.
If you’re heading out to enjoy your favourite local eatery this week, here are a few things that the staff at your local independent restaurant would want you to know.
Eating meat free is sometimes associated with ‘going without’ – but whether you’re a fully fledged vegan or just trying to eat less and better meat, you can be sure to find something meat-free yet tasty on the menu at any of these spots.
Independent food and drink businesses in Wales are calling on the public to ‘eat independent, support local’ whilst using the government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” discount scheme throughout August. The discount scheme – announced by Rishi Sunak last month – offers a half price discount on eating out (up to the value of £10) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
On Friday, Mark Drakeford announced that from tomorrow, we will all be allowed to meet up in parks and private gardens, as long as we maintain social distancing, avoid contact, and limit it to two households at a time. Like everyone else in the country, I can’t wait to make the most of this new lease of freedom and meet up with friends and family who I’ve not seen for weeks on end. Picnics in the park are about to become a daily occurrence for me!
But before I get ready to spend 99.9% of my free time in the local parks, I wanted to give a shout out to the deliveries and subscriptions that have made the last few weeks – mostly spent eating and drinking in our small Canton garden – that much more bearable.