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Bury St Edmunds pub owners, who also have branches near Sudbury, call on government to lift takeaway alcohol ban during lockdown




Pub owners in Bury St Edmunds are calling on the government to lift a ban on selling takeaway alcohol during lockdown.

The Government's advice published on Saturday said hospitality venues such as restaurants, bars and pubs can provide takeaway and delivery services but 'takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed'.

Organisations including the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the Campaign for Real Ale have called on the ban to be lifted after the issue was raised with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons yesterday.

Gusto Pronto owners Roxane and David Marjoram. Picture by Mecha Morton
Gusto Pronto owners Roxane and David Marjoram. Picture by Mecha Morton

Roxane Marjoram, co-owner of Gusto Pronto which includes The One Bull and The Beerhouse in Bury St Edmunds, and The Crown in Hartest and The Fox in Bulmer Tye near Sudbury , said it was 'one of the many things' they were waiting for details on.

She said: "It seems like a very odd decision. I suppose we're hopeful that it will be reflected on and reversed.

"We understand there would be concerns about people taking beer outside a pub and drinking it on the streets but that's a very different beast to someone being able to buy some beer in a take-out container and take home to enjoy.

The One Bull on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds
The One Bull on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds

"I guess that's one of the many things we're literally sitting here waiting for to find out whether there will be any change."

Mrs Marjoram, whose company which she runs with husband David also includes The Fox in Bulmer Tye ,said their main focus now was giving their customers 'two brilliant days when they come into a Gusto pub' before lockdown is implemented.

Heather Warren, owner of Oakes Barn in Bury St Edmunds, said the ban will have a 'huge impact on pubs and breweries especially when we've got stock we know we can utilise'.

She said: "It would be wonderful if it was reversed because we could offer a takeaway service in combination with our food.

Heather Warren, of Oakes Barn in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton
Heather Warren, of Oakes Barn in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mecha Morton

"We're holding on at the moment because it's all delayed, there's no information coming through and as an independent business we're making it up as we go along.

"The guidance is always a little bit too late. I appreciate there's a pandemic but you need someone to give you advice now so you know what to do."

She added they are currently planning to offer takeaway roasts on a Sunday.

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