Welcome to this week’s News Bites, where we’re shining the spotlight on the ‘Covid police’ and on a lighter note seeing the funny side of a pub’s children’s menu.
Tourism and hospitality help boost UK economy
It’s a good week for domestic tourism and hospitality (with a note of caution), which has seen the UK economy surge since we’ve started emerging slowly, slowly from lockdown.
Pubs, bars and restaurants be aware as COVID breach fines handed out
It is fair to say that authorities across the UK are stepping up activity to ensure hospitality venues are adhering to COVID-19 operating rules or face a penalty, such as this example from Rushcliffe Borough Council, who have handed out £15,000 in fines. Remember Food alert has got your back and is here should you need any COVID-19 safety advice!
Campaign set to shine the spotlight on marginalised communities in hospitality
The owners of British-Afghan barbecue restaurant Cue Point are seeking £30,000 through crowdfunding to help launch Cue Point Kitchen, which will provide online and real world resources for refugees and immigrants struggling to breakthrough into the industry. It will also support those already working within hospitality to further their careers. Details of the campaign can be found here.
Pub’s hilarious children’s menu poking fun at young fussy eaters praised by parents
If you’ve had children then you’ll appreciate this story. The Clachain Inn, near Mallaig in Inverness, has created a menu aimed at young fussy eaters, with dishes called ‘whatever’, ‘I’m not hungry’ and ‘I don’t care’. And since being shared on social media it has clocked up 40,000 likes and almost 10,000 shares. Yvonne Macpherson, who runs the pub with husband Ross and has two young kids of her own, said: “Customers love it especially when they actually get to order from it, very fitting in most cases.”