Potterspury pub, The Old Talbot, is supporting the local community by opening a local shop in the popular pub.

Pub partner, Stephen Roberts, opened the shop as he was aware that many people in the community, including the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions, are at risk of not being able to get hold of essential supplies as a result of social distancing measures.

The pub, owned by Hawthorn Leisure, a community pub operator which owns more than 700 pubs across Scotland, England and Wales, is keen to ensure that everyone in their community feels supported, and Stephen hopes that by turning his hand to grocery shopping, locals will be able to safely obtain everyday items. The shop is open between 9 and 2pm on Saturdays, and stocks a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, sweet treats, alcoholic beverages, and gardening products.

They are also planning to launch an online ordering facility, giving them the opportunity to provide for those unable to leave the house as a result of lockdown, particularly the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

Stephen said: “As a community pub we’re doing what we can to support our locals. We’re fortunate to be able to offer our a community a safe way to shop, and it’s been incredibly well received. We will definitely be continuing to offer our support in any way we can.”

Hawthorn Leisure CEO, Mark Davies, said: “It is more important than ever that our pubs are community hubs, we are delighted to see that our partners are working with locals to offer essential services. Well done to Stephen, Lesley and the team for your hard work.”

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