The Duke of Cambridge visited a West Norfolk pub and heard first hand the problems faced as a result of the pandemic lockdown.
Prince William spoke so the proprietors and staff at The Rose & Crown in Snettisham earlier today (Friday) about their experiences and the measures taken in order to re-open their doors to the public.
The pub, which has been a part of village life for more than 600 years, is owned by, Jeannette and Anthony Goodrich, who took over the reins 25 years ago.
They told the Duke about the challenges they had faced during lockdown including having to furlough staff.
The Duke also heard how the pub has helped to support the community, including donating leftover stock at the start of lockdown to the King’s Lynn-based Purfleet Trust charity, which helps the homeless.
As lockdown restrictions eased a little more this week with the hospitality industry being given the go-ahead to re-open from Saturday, staff said they were excited about being able to return to work.
The Duke also heard about the COVID safety measures the business has had to implement, reducing in the number of tables in the restaurant and a scaled back menu being just two of the changes.
Staff told the Duke how the pub had adapted its operations over the past few weeks to be able to offer takeaway drinks and meals to customers.