Chestnut Group has announced a range of upcoming initiatives to support its East-Anglian community during the temporary closure period.

In line with Government instruction, the 11-strong restaurant and bar group ceased operations in its sites as of Friday (20 March) but has since announced a list of new services that will be made available to its local community.

In an attempt to continue trading, all sites will be offering a takeaway menu. The group will also be hosting dog walks, with complimentary hot drinks, complimentary soup for the most vulnerable in the local area, online bread making demonstrations and cookery ideas for kids.

Other initiatives include live online pub-quizzes, DIY cocktail videos and live streaming of a health and wellbeing expert.

Two sites – The Globe Inn and The Three Blackbirds – will be operating as pop-up village shops, selling pre-prepared foods and cupboard essentials.

“The Government is asking people and businesses to do the right thing, to beat coronavirus,” said Philip Turner, Chestnut founder.

“We have a moral responsibility to protect our team, our guests and ultimately those in most need of the NHS. With this in mind, we cannot act as a pub or restaurant for the foreseeable future.”

“But this is not goodbye from us. We refuse to give up, so we will be adapting our business to ensure that we still remain at the heart of our towns and villages.”