Guest blogger, Jodie from the Victory Inn describes the impact of lockdown on her and her family
Quite often in Saint Mawes, especially with a new baby, I find myself in a little bubble – but that bubble was popped and the reality hit home on the 20th March, when Boris announced the closure of pubs. Of course, we were expecting something to happen but I do not think we were really prepared for it. As we waved goodbye to the faces we see at the bar daily, Myself and Matt sat in silence just contemplating what was next and what lay in store for us. At that moment in time, with no news on government support and being so close to our busy season (after a very long winter) we were unsure if we would see those faces again. The cellar was full with opened barrels and the fridge full with food, all wasted with a heavy cost. The Victory Inn, the day before Mother’s day, empty and for what seemed like the foreseeable.
It’s hard to express the feeling in words, scared, I suppose. For the vulnerable (and not so) people, for my son and my family and for the business we had put so much into over the last three years.
We have had highs and lows since then, but now, we feel more positive that we will be able to open those doors again.
The government grant came as a blessing, practically saving us after our quiet season. We took quite the knock when we got news from our Brewery that they were in fact going to charge us full rent over the closed period, but they would ‘kindly’ defer from taking any payment until the doors were open again.
With a new baby and our staff furloughed, we waited to see what the government had laid out in terms of our opening date before deciding what to do. We received a few requests from locals about doing takeaway.
We now feel confident we can provide this service properly until we can reopen and have started doing fish and chips to takeaway every Friday between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. Matt is also offering chicken Goan curry and our crispy duck pancakes that you can reheat at home alongside the fish and chips.
We hope we can continue to expand our takeaway service, with local support (which is always great!) and should you want to order just give Matt a call on 07792954623.
We thank you all for your continued support and hope you are keeping well. We will look forward to seeing you!
Jodie, Matt and baby Hugo