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The Bull in Bacton open again thanks to web developer's app OpenInn

A software developer can expect a drink on the house after creating an app that allowed his local pub to reopen safely.

Peter Reeves worked alongside his day job to create OpenInn in just one week, to the eternal thanks of The Bull, in Bacton, near Stowmarket.

Duncan McRea, who is pub owner alongside Rory McRea, said: “With just a week before the pub was allowed to welcome back customers, Peter took up the challenge.

OpenInn App The Bull, Peter Reeves, Duncan McRae, Rory McRae (39515167)
OpenInn App The Bull, Peter Reeves, Duncan McRae, Rory McRae (39515167)

“It’s been wonderful to welcome back the local community and I’m extremely grateful to Peter for helping this happen safely.”

The app allows customers to place a food and drink order from The Bull’s menu from their table and also provide the personal information needed for the government’s test and trace procedure.

Users are able to use the app without making a download.

Duncan McRea said the pub was offering a limited takeaway menu during lockdown, but innovation was needed for their sustainability.

“Being able to open again fully, using the whole building, pub garden and offering our complete menu is critical to our survival,” he added.

“The web app means that we can encourage our customers to stay at their tables and observe social distancing rules, while we play our part in safely helping a bit of normal life return.”

Mr Reeves said: “From nothing to a working app in a week was hard work, but fun too.

“I’ve really enjoyed using my development skills to provide a solution that helps keep people safe in these unprecedented times.

“It also helps a local business that is an important part of the community in which I live.”

He said he was still adapting the web app to work best for customers and the pub, and introducing more features beyond just those required to meet government guidance.

And if the app proves a success in Bacton, Mr Reeves has not ruled out looking to introduce it to other pubs.

He added: “OpenInn will hopefully offer customers a way to feel confident in social distancing rules for pubs and encourage them to return to support local businesses.

“I would like to offer OpenInn to more pubs to help them encourage business through their doors and help them survive these difficult times.”

Visit www.openinn.co.uk to get started. First time users will need to complete a registration.

To find out more information, or to express interest in using OpenInn in your pub, visit: admin@openinn.co.uk