It has been more than 200 days since coronavirus hit the UK. We are now in a recession and our Woodbridge businesses need you more than ever.
Up until now our #StayLocalChooseWoodbridge campaign has focused largely on encouraging people to shop in the independent stores in our beautiful town centre – injecting money into the local economy and keeping people to their local communities to minimise the spread of infection.
But since lockdown was eased to allow pubs, cafes and restaurants to reopen too, we have also been actively pushing Woodbridge residents to splash the cash by taking advantage of Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme and the host of delicious options for food on the doorstep.
The experience of dining locally with friendly faces who have local knowledge offers a small dose of normality that we have all craved throughout the coronavirus crisis.
And our independent eateries have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment, implementing a range of measures and restrictions in place that follow government guidelines, including customer limits, plastic partitions and hand sanitising stations.
Supporting local restaurants ploughs money back into the local community but it also helps the environment too.
Many pubs source local produce which reduces their carbon footprint. Visiting a local business by walking or cycling to get there reduces air pollution and local traffic, subsequently improving the quality of the nation’s high streets. As well as this, walking or cycling is good for your mental health and enables you to enjoy the scenery that Woodbridge has to offer.
What’s more – it can be very cost-effective.
In August, the government launched the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme with the number one aim of getting customers through the doors of participating restaurants, pubs and cafes to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters and restaurateurs.
Under the scheme participating restaurants can reduce their bill by 50% and the government picks up the tab.
It applies on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
No voucher is needed to use the scheme, the discount will be automatically applied at participating establishments and there is no minimum spend. However, it does not include alcoholic drinks or service charges.
The following pubs and restaurants from the map above are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:
- The Anchor
- Blue Salt
- The Bull Inn
- The Caravan Café
- The Cherry Tree
- Christine’s Patisserie and Tearoom
- East Coast Diner
- Honey + Harvey
- The King’s Head
- Mrs Pipers
- New Street Market Canteen
- Saffron Indian Restaurant and Pizza Place
- The Sandwich Shop
- Wild Strawberry Café
To find other establishments taking part in the Eat Out to Help out Scheme, follow this link and enter a postcode: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-discount-with-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme
Of course, not everyone is in a position to spend money right now – even with a discount.
But there are other ways to keep your local community thriving. If you would like to offer more support, here are six ways you can support independent businesses from the comfort of your own home without spending a penny: