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Pub Doing Roaring Trade After Opening Its Doors To Care Home Residents

Joanna Freedman

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Pub Doing Roaring Trade After Opening Its Doors To Care Home Residents

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

While most pubs have had to shut their doors during coronavirus lockdown, one boozer is positively flourishing.

The Chandler Arms boozer, in Worcestershire, actually launched during the pandemic, opening its doors in Chandler Court care home.

The locals had mentioned they were missing a pint with pals, so staff at the Bromsgrove care home came up with the fantastic idea to bring the pub to them, opening up a makeshift watering hole on the premises over the holidays.

Yep, while thousands of pubs around the UK remain closed due to coronavirus, the 80 residents at Chandler Court can still enjoy a tipple in their very own local.

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The pub has been built within the care home (Credit: SWNS)
The pub has been built within the care home (Credit: SWNS)

We're positively seething with jealousy!

Staff at the care home, which was in Tier 3 before the latest lockdown, try and make the pub feel as life-like as possible, putting on regular quizzes, cocktail nights and even screening live sports on a giant TV.

The pub also offers a choice of discounted real ales, lagers and wines, and residents are limited to six people being in the bar at one time and must abide by social distancing.

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Resident, Martin Dowell, 80, said: "Back in the day, the pub was the life and soul of the community and a place to meet up, so it is great to get the chance to meet up with other residents in the home on a Friday afternoon for a pint and a chat."

The residents are able to socialise and buy drinks at the pub (Credit: SWNS)
The residents are able to socialise and buy drinks at the pub (Credit: SWNS)

As well as the pub, the care home - which costs residents around £1,000-a-week for basic care - also has a cinema, café and hair salon.

Manager Dawn Covill said: "We all miss going to the pub, and in these challenging times, there's nothing like catching up with an old friend over a drink or two, so when residents told us they missed their local, we thought we'd bring it to them.

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"For many residents, the pub is associated with a lot of positive memories from their younger years, from their first-ever drink to countless hearty meals with family or friends, and everything in between.

Reisdents are relishing the boozer (Credit: SWNS)
Reisdents are relishing the boozer (Credit: SWNS)

"The Chandler Arms' opening was a huge success and residents left with a smile on their face.

"Ironically, it turns out we're the only pub in the UK to be unaffected by the tier restrictions, so we're looking forward to our next pub night."

Topics: lockdown, Life, Coronavirus

Joanna Freedman
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