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West Norfolk pub landlady says Eat Out to Help Out scheme ‘so important’ for small businesses

A pub landlady has described the new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ government scheme which starts next week as “so important”.

Eat Out to Help Out will see participating eateries, including the Rose and Crown pub and restaurant at Harpley, offer a 50 per cent discount to customers – up to a maximum of £10 per diner – who dine-in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between August 3 and 31.

Businesses can then claim a reimbursement from the Government for the discount.

The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098487)
The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098487)

Alice Darlow, landlady of the Rose and Crown, said: “The new Eat out to Help out scheme is so important to us as a small, independent business, that employs and trains local people, as we are often missed out in the big public announcements.”

She said since they had to close the Rose and Crown in March, they have been “very busy” developing the restaurant, and now have new areas to dine in, including ‘The Den’ and a outside/inside dining area in the garden.

The tables have also been moved around to comply with social distancing regulations.

The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098490)
The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098490)

Alice added: “Lockdown was extremely hard for everyone who is in the hospitality sector but we managed to keep our catering company open providing takeaways to local people who were isolating and free meals for children whose parents would usually rely on school meals while the Government’s voucher scheme was up in the air.

“Things over the last few weeks, since we have been able to open the pub have been great, getting back to doing what we are good at and what we all enjoy.

“The new Den and Secret Garden have been given raving reviews and our new menu (which is available online) has gone down a treat.

The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098494)
The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098494)

“Our buy one get one free lunch deal has meant we have been very busy and we have been happy to see some new faces we reached out to over lockdown.

“The local community support has been amazing, many of our pub locals used our catering company for takeaways during lockdown and have supported us no end during the pandemic.”

It is not just the community who have offered their support recently over the period of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098499)
The Rose and Crown in Harpley (39098499)

“The local council has also been a great help in getting us set up again and open new areas and extra seating to the public,” Alice added.

“We would also like to say a massive thank you to our new local MP James Wild who in this uncertain time has provided us with a great deal of support and advice while the rest of the country ground to a halt.”

To find out more about the Rose and Crown pub and restaurant, visit www.roseandcrownharpley.co.uk.

For more details on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme go to www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-discount-with-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme.

And to find out which businesses in West Norfolk are taking part in the scheme, which starts on Monday, visit www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant.

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