Welcome to your latest instalment of News Bites, where we’re counting calories and popping to our local pub for a pint and to plant some carrots…. yep you read that right!
Support for Welsh pubs!
Good news this week for nightclubs, pubs and their suppliers in Wales as the Welsh Government announced that grants of between £2,500 and £25,000 will be available to help businesses hit by restrictions. Operators will be able to submit applications by the end of this month and can check how much they are likely to be eligible for on the Business Wales website. The news comes as pubs in Wales are set to reopen from Monday like their English counterparts, with up to six people from six different households permitted to meet indoors, with exemptions for children under 11 or a person caring for someone who is participating.
Pubs providing a vital service amid the pandemic
The Cornwall Rural Community Charity is supporting 160 pubs to provide additional services that create social value within their community, including adding a village store, allotments and community cafes and libraries. With help from the charities ‘Pub is the Hub Community Services Fund’, The Rose & Crown in Longburton, Dorset, has been able to convert a shipping container in to a village store amid the pandemic, helping to provide a vital service to locals, as well as a pint!
Kurupt FM takes over Subway
Infamous pirate radio Kurupt FM is set to takeover Subway’s in-store radio network from next week, to provide “raucous, relentless and rowdy” energy over the airwaves. The boys from Brentford who originally shot to fame with their BBC mockumentary, are set to play a mix of UK garage and drum and bass in every Subway across the UK and Ireland for an entire week. The signing comes as upcoming Brighton restaurant, Burnt Orange, have partnered-up with DJ Norman Cook, aka FatBoy Slim, to provide a whole new music programme for diners to enjoy.
Counting the calories
Large hospitality businesses will be required to display calorie information on menus and food labels from April next year according to new regulations laid in Parliament yesterday (13 May). The new rules mean that all restaurants, cafes and takeaways with 250 or more employees in England will have to list calorie counts on non-prepacked food and soft drinks to make it easier for customers to make healthy food choices.