Slug and Lettuce, on North St John Street in Liverpool, has donated all its surplus stock to the North Liverpool Food Bank. The bar teamed up with the General Manager of the nearby and fellow Stonegate Group pub, The William Gladstone, to pool their resources and deliver crates of juices and other stock to the foodbank that has been helping Liverpool families in need throughout the pandemic.
Many of Stonegate’s furloughed teams have stepped up during each lockdown to support their local communities in a variety of ways, from mass 3D printing PPE for NHS staff during the first lockdown, to free school meals in the second, to crocheting ‘fiddle blankets’ for dementia patients this time around. This new initiative allows the pubs to continue their central roles in their communities, despite doors being closed.
Colin Hawkins, Operations Director for Stonegate Pub Company, said: “We’re delighted to be able to give away our short-dated products to a range of worthwhile causes. We wanted to give each GM the autonomy to choose where it goes, as they all have relationships with their local charities and their fingers on the pulse of their local communities, to know exactly to who and where the food and drink would make the most difference.
“We’ve seen the most difficult year in most of our living memory over the last 12 months, but I’m delighted to say, against adversity, our teams continue to surprise us with their creativity, drive and ingenuity when it comes to making a difference to their local communities.”
Across Stonegate’s managed estate teams also continues to keep their customers entertained with weekly pub quizzes online, where both the company’s teams and customers take part. Slug and Lettuce and The William Gladstone are both dedicated to continuing customer engagement and support, despite lockdown and continue to look for ways, both little and large, to make a difference in the areas it serves. Both venues expected to reopen on Monday 17 May ahead of the summer months.
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