Local Punch pubs will now sell food and staple groceries to customers thanks to a new ‘Pub Shop’ initiative launched to support pubs, people and communities across the UK during the coronavirus ‘lockdown’ period.
Pubs up and down the country will offer a range of food boxes to local customers, providing a safe, hygienic and accessible way for people to buy essential groceries, and helping pubs to continue to serve their local communities.
Punch, the independent pub operator with its head office in Burton upon Trent and nearly 1,300 UK pubs, is the first operator to team up with food supplier Brakes to launch its own Pub Shop offer.
Customers choose from a range of four boxes, including a ‘veg box’, ‘salad box’ and ‘fruit box’, all filled with fresh produce, as well as an ‘essentials box’ with items such as pasta, baked beans, sugar and bread.
All boxes are packed, handled, stored and provided to customers in the safest way possible, following government regulations.
Pre-orders are made over the phone, with collection slots allocated and boxes collected in sanitised conditions or outdoors where weather allows, always following guidelines on social distancing.
Food boxes will be advertised on social media by participating pubs and orders can be made over the phone or by email to the pub.
Punch has also joined other pub companies in providing their pubs access to the Starstock initiative.
A new website created by Starstock where customers can build their own basket of food, drink and consumables and pay online using a card. Any profit made by Starstock has been committed to being donated to NHS charities.
Punch pubs have also launched a takeaway menu – so that customers can continue to enjoy their favourite pub classics such as fish and chips, sausage and mash and even a full Sunday Roast, in the comfort and safety of their own home.
Punch’s head of food, Tracey Bell, said: “In these fast-moving times, it’s essential that we too move fast to support our publicans as best as we can to adapt their businesses so that the Great British pub remains at the heart of local communities up and down the country.
“As well as helping pubs, Pub Shop will benefit customers, offering one of the safest ways possible in the current climate to buy every day food items from local small businesses.”
Punch was formed in 1997 and quickly began to expand its portfolio until it was listed on the stock exchange in 2002. In the years after, it acquired brands such as Pubmaster, Innspired Group and Avebury Holdings.
Three years ago the business was acquired by Patron Capital and May Capital.