How To Support Your Favourite Restaurants Without Leaving The Sofa
by Laura Barns
Whilst there are some signs of life going slowly back to ‘normal’ – whatever that means, any more – for many, this is still a way off.
An industry that has been hit particularly hard by the COVID pandemic is the hospitality industry, where this idea of ‘normal’ takes on a whole new definition.
How has COVID-19 impacted the UK restaurant industry?
Measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus proved damaging for UK hospitality. As part of his televised statement on March 16th 2020, Boris Johnson advised the public to avoid venues including bars and restaurants, though no formal ban was enforced at this point. The year-on-year decline in seated diners in restaurants across the UK went down by 52% that day, and by 82% on March 17, 2020. A few days later, from Friday evening on March 20th, restaurants were forced to close.
How can you help from your home?
Though if you’re still shielding, or need to isolate due to recent travel, there are a number of ways you can support this industry from the comfort of your home.
Buy gift cards
What was once the gift you’d get for that person who was the worst to buy for, gift cards have now become a bit of a saving grace for many restaurants, cafes and bars, and particularly small businesses.
This is a great way to support your favourite spots financially, without having to go there in person. AND you’ve also gifted yourself a meal out at a later date when you’re ready, which is a win-win.
Book a table for your friends or family
In a similar kind of vein, even if you can’t go out, if there’s a loved one’s birthday or other reason to celebrate coming up, you could always book a table for them and foot the bill ahead of time. Not only will this earn you tons of brownie points, but you’ll also be supporting your favourite eateries with cash and bums on seats.
Buy their merchandise
If you’re looking to support your local, check their website to see if they have any merch you can purchase in the meantime. And once you’ve received your goodies, share photos online tagging them to spread the love.
Share the love
Speaking of spreading the love, if you’re not in a position to support your favourite restaurants financially or in person, there are loads of other ways you can help.
A big one is sharing their social media posts, resharing your own posts from when you last indulged there, and encouraging as many people as you can to do the same. Word of mouth has never been more crucial to small hospitality businesses than now, and for some, virtual word of mouth is even more effective.
Buy a takeaway
Loads of our favourites restaurants are upping their takeaway game, with exclusive takeaway menus being introduced, as well as tasty discounts and deals.
Where possible, order your take-out and delivery directly from the restaurant by calling them instead of using a delivery app, as lots of the most popular apps in the UK haven’t waived their pricey commission fees. And make sure to use the number listed on their websites rather than through third-party review sites, too.
By Laura Barns
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.