Falcon Hotel: Cambridgeshire Landlord Urges Brits To Work From The Pub
Colin Wilson, who runs the bar at the Falcon Hotel in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, believes the act of working from the pub will help support the struggling hospitality industry.
Following three months of no trade, Boris Johnson's 10pm curfew has hit pubs and bars hard, taking away thousands of pounds in revenue.
With millions of Brits now working from home, savvy landlord Colin, 60, has made his pub a place for home workers during the day.
Socially distanced office tables give workers a space away from their house, and Colin is even offering them unlimited mugs or coffee and tea while they beaver away.
Of course, there's also the option of ordering a refreshing lager, cider or glass of wine once work is over, served straight to the desk!
Colin said: "A lot of people are working from home at the moment, and have been for months.
"I thought they must be getting sick of the same four walls.
"Some people are working at the dining room table, and kids have been running around."
Colin - who featured on Channel 4's Four In A Bed - hopes his innovation will catch on.
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Colin continued: "It's to try and create a different outlook for the business, and a different space to work in.
"To allow people to get out of the house. And at the end of a long day, people can have a cold pint."
Workers at the Falcon get a social distanced table, free wifi, a bacon sarnie in the morning, sandwiches and soup for lunch and unlimited hot drinks.
Colin has already received several bookings for his work stations.
"Hospitality has been hit hard," said Colin. "We're trying to think of ways to get people in and generate some revenue.
In challenging times, pubs and bars are being forced to innovate.
The British Beer & Pub Association is estimating £7.4 billion will disappear from the sector - which is 31 per cent of its total value.
The trade group also believes a third of jobs will be lost.
The association's chief executive Emma McClarkin said: "This new evidence shows the Government must change tack by reviewing the effectiveness of restrictive measures like the 10pm curfew and providing a far greater package of financial support to save the pub and brewing sector.
"It would be inexcusable to allow more than 290,000 sector jobs to be lost with a £7 billion hit to the economy, when it could be avoided with the right Government support to help keep pubs and breweries open."
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