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Coventry restaurant donates hot meals to elderly and homeless after coronavirus cancellations

Catherine Vonledebur 19th Mar, 2020 Updated: 19th Mar, 2020

ONE Coventry independent family-run business hit by the coronavirus has decided to do what it can to help others in the crisis.

Playwrights Bar & Bistro in the city’s cathedral quarter was left with an abundance of surplus food as their customer numbers dropped following the government’s new coronavirus advice to “avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues”.

Restaurant manager Nicola Foskett said they were last night donating 30 hot meals to charity Coventry Comfort Carers, which provides support for the homeless, people affected by domestic violence and destitute families.

The day before, as we reported, staff at Playwrights delivered meals to elderly and vulnerable members of the community with left over food as a result of cancellations, after putting out an appeal on Facebook.

The message read: “We will be doing our bit for the community, we have 40 jacket potatoes in the oven cooking.

If you know someone who is vulnerable, homeless, elderly or in need of help, let us know and we will deliver them a hot meal free of charge later on today.”

The bistro will remain open until advised not to but will be running a limited menu from its blackboard. It has also announced a home delivery service for people working from home or who are in self-isolation.

And on Mother’s Day (Sunday March 22) it will deliver pre-ordered roast dinners straight to homes.

Playwrights was fully booked on Mother’s Day but following cancellations was down to 60 per cent by Tuesday.

A notice on their social media says: “If you have booked a table with us, and you can nor longer, or wish to attend we completely understand during the current circumstances. We just ask that you please give us a call or drop us an email to let us know. That way we can maintain correct stock and staffing levels.”

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