15th Aug, 2020

Droitwich landlord makes pub more family friendly with sweet shop counter, ice cream parlour and slush bar

A LANDLORD who feels the impact the Coronavirus has had on children has been forgotten has made his pub more family friendly, introducing a traditional sweet shop counter, ice cream parlour and slush bar.

Simon Berry from the Gardeners Arms in Droitwich feels youngsters have suffered more than most – missing out on school and not being able to see their friends – so he teamed up with Bonds of London, a sweet-maker which dates back to 1895.

The Candy Shack has 33 different types of sweets and sugar free treats to mix and match.

A soft vanilla and chocolate ice cream machine has been installed for ice cream boats, screwballs and milkshakes and there is a fruit fizzy Ice Blast maker offering ten flavours.

Simon has also been busy installing safety and social distancing measures at his pub, including booths in the beer garden and plastic drinking vessels.

He said the pub had managed to survive the lockdown thanks to its food deliveries directly and via JustEat.

During the past four months he has delivered 35,000 meals.

Coun Richard Morris, Wychavon District Council’s deputy leader and economy and tourism portfolio holder, has visited the pub to create a film about the post-lockdown preparations installed.

He said: “Great to see another terrific initiative at the Gardeners Arms to give some enjoyment to families.

“The sweet idea will hopefully offer a summer treat.

“The pub has done a great job to support safety for their customers – enjoy summer safely.”

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