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South Holland's pubs hoping for support from locals

South Holland publicans who will be opening to customers again on Monday are calling for people to take the chance to support their locals.

On Monday (April 12), pubs and restaurants will be able to serve customers outside as the Government moves forward with its roadmap to ease restrictions.

Publicans in South Holland are hoping that people will come out to support them after what has been a very difficult year.

Joey and Gemma Hammond at The Jolly Farmer in Moulton Chapel (42891687)
Joey and Gemma Hammond at The Jolly Farmer in Moulton Chapel (42891687)

Joey Hammond took over the management of The Jolly Farmer in Moulton Chapel with his wife Gemma in October - and just five days after they were able to open we went back into lockdown.

He said: “It’s all personal choice but I would say to anyone who is thinking of visiting a chain, maybe give us a chance.

“It’s absolutely important to support local pubs and we might have some different beers on offer and it might cost a bit more but we want to offer something different.

“We have a fairly big garden at the back and we have the front too so there’s really good space outside for people to feel safe.

“We will also have pizzas and burgers on the menu - exactly what you want when you’re having a drink.

“I would say get out there and support your local pubs.”

Katie Booth, who runs The Chequers of Weston, was inundated with calls for bookings shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap announcement in February.

She said: “The evenings of the first two weekends are already fully booked - the phone was ringing within 10 minutes of the announcement.

“We are a small business in a village with a good outside space - and we’ve extended our outside space so that we can have 124 people out there.

“We have invested a lot of money into the pub in the hope of getting support - we just want people to be safe and go home happy.”

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