COVID-19 has severely impacted the hospitality industry leaving many restaurants struggling to survive. However, you can help and from home. if you want to support a local restaurant or the industry as a whole. Here are a few simple ideas for what you can do to support your local restaurant or favourite restaurant chain during this period.
- Leave a positive review – Leave a positive message and give them a boost! A few kind words can go a long way and if everyone did this then the impact would be enormous.
- Purchase your favourite restaurant’s cookbook – Recreate the magic in your own home and support the income of your local restaurant and help them re open.
- Buy a gift voucher– Buy a gift voucher to use at a later date. Most can be redeemed within 6-12 months. For example, Hard Rock Cafe is offering these here
- Sign up to their newsletter – Stay in the know with their latest communication. This is a great way to show support and hear about their latest activity and offers when they re open.
- Purchase merchandise – Help them generate income and place your order for your favourite restaurant merchandise. Plenty of them offer mugs, t-shirts, canvas bags and more.
- Like and share their social media activity – This could really help with supporting your favourite restaurant to engage with a wider audience.
- Order a takeaway – Even if you like to cook, put your feet up one evening and let a local restaurant take care of you. Take away options are still pretty extensive. We are seeing lots of smaller restaurants introducing take away services, but you will need to check your local restaurant to see if it is open. Big companies like JustEat, UberEats and Deliveroo are still running for restaurants which remain open and even offer ‘no contact’ deliveries where they will leave the food on your doorstep.
- Spread the word and share this article with others! Every little helps during this period and by sharing this article you are doing just that to support the hospitality industry.
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Despite restaurants being closed you can look forward to visiting a restaurant again. For when the time comes, here’s our pick of child-friendly restaurants that have a little something for everyone… It’s so easy these days to pick the right restaurant that suits your child’s age and maturity level. If your child is under 4, or is generally a shuffle bottom, it may be hard for your child to keep still for a long time. You probably want to choose family-style restaurants that offer wide booths, kids’ menus and a forgiving serving staff. Even so, you know your child! Bring small snacks in case the food takes a long time to come, carry your own crayons or book, and be prepared to go a stroll outside or round the restaurant while you wait!
Avoiding peak times will ensure less time waiting for your order and as many restaurants have menus online, you can always save time by choosing before you go. Look for places with a children’s menu where a bit of noise and mess is not frowned upon and impeccable behaviour isn’t expected. Some restaurant’s offer special family days, some offer crayons and colouring packs that are always a hit.
If they’re old enough, let them order their own food, and keep it interesting by letting them order something they don’t usually eat at home. There are great family restaurants all over the country and if you are having a day out with the children it’s a treat for lunch or a fun end to the day out. The fun doesn’t have to start and end with food though. You can choose a venue where there’s something extra for when children just can’t face sitting at a table any longer. Many places have play areas, kids’ corners, or other things to entertain while you’re waiting for food.
This Hard Rock Cafe combines the eclectic vibe of Piccadilly Circus with the rock and roll lifestyle of the Hard Rock brand.
Expect excellence in everything they serve at Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus. The favourites on their world-famous menu include the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak Burger, Original Legendary Burger, One Night In Bangkok Spicy Shrimp, New York Cheesecake and many more. Take a bite of rock and roll inspired tastes and quench your thirst with authentic cocktails including classics and new cocktails blended from the latest mixology trends. More >
With views over the Brooklands Track, The Bistro at Mercedes-Benz World provides the perfect spot for families to watch the action unfold, whilst tucking into freshly prepared, seasonal food.
Their food philosophy means they source locally wherever they can, and, where possible, they farm, grow or mature their own food to ensure they reach their high standards.
For our younger guests there is a dedicated menu, whilst for the adults, a selection of light bites and hearty dishes will certainly mean there is something for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for an indulgent afternoon tea, a light bite with a glass of wine, a family meal after an exhilarating track experience or a full three-course meal for that special occasion, The Bistro is the perfect place.
Search: Mercedes-Benz World or call 0370 400 4000 More >
Casual eateries, such as Giraffe tend to offer good food without too much of a wait. Award-winning yet laid back, giraffe is the perfect place for family dining, welcoming staff, world music and a menu including fantastic breakfasts, legendary burgers, superfood salads & main courses from steak to ribs to grilled mojito chicken, cocktails, wines, smoothies & awesome coffee. More >
Another nationwide chain that is children-friendly is Frankie and Benny’s. For the kids up to the age of 11, Frankie & Benny’s have something for every taste and usually have a special offer with a main course, a dessert, refillable soft drink and fun activity pack with games and puzzles! What’s not to love! For something extra special they also offer make-your-own pizza parties. Your kids can become mini F&B chefs and create their own delicious pizzas, for just £7.75 each. More >