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Today promises to be an amazing day for our hospitality heroes, as we support a bid to help the businesses hit hardest by Covid-19.

Suffolk News has teamed up with the other leading media groups in the UK to spearhead a campaign asking you to go out to help out the places you love.

Lockdown taught us how much richer our lives are for being able to get out to our favourite restaurants, pubs and hotels.

Chef Tom Kerridge (51345507)
Chef Tom Kerridge (51345507)

The pandemic hit the hospitality industry and the suppliers that support it like a hammer blow. Restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels and venues have all been left counting the cost with businesses and livelihoods lost.

Despite this, operators and their suppliers have demonstrated huge resilience, and a boundless generosity of spirit, keeping us all fed and working tirelessly to fuel the workers in the frontline.

Now those restaurants, pubs and hotels are back – but they need your support if they’re to thrive post-pandemic.

Meal out to mark National Hospitality Day (51345406)
Meal out to mark National Hospitality Day (51345406)

And that’s where National Hospitality Day comes in.

It’s your chance to say ‘welcome back, we’ve missed you’ to your favourite venues by visiting a pub, bar, café or other leisure venue on Saturday, September 18.

Barry Peters, Bury Free Press editor and Iliffe Media Publishing’s Group Editor, said: “We have traditionally worked very closely with the hospitality industry and are delighted to do all we can to help our venues continue on the road to recovery.”

A number of household names within the industry are getting behind National Hospitality Day, including celebrity TV chef Tom Kerridge, pictured above.

He said: “We want to spark the mother of all parties to help hospitality businesses hit hardest by Covid.

“I’m asking you to go out to help out the places you love.”


Venues taking part will also be collecting money for the industry’s four main charities. Together, they offer lifelines to the people and businesses behind UK hospitality. They are the Drinks Trust; Hospitality Action; the Licensed Trade Charity; and Springboard.

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