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Diversification for business: Local Pub moves into delivering cream teas.

As the country gets ready to celebrate VE Day on Friday 8th May, The Marquis of Granby based in Weymouth has decided to offer a takeaway delivery service of homemade cakes and cream teas. This family run pub is known for having a very loyal customer following and at this time of year the pub is usually teeming with locals and visitors.

Janice Miners, owner of The Marquis of Granby said “I have really missed my business. As a family run business, I am used to seeing my two sons, James and Ashley with their families daily. My husband Gordon and I have had the Marquis since 2009 and over the past 11 years we have built up a very popular pub and restaurant business, plus a well-established function facility too. We do not normally offer a takeaway service but during the Covid-19 crisis so many customers have missed our catering I thought we could offer a Cream Tea delivery service just in time for the VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations when many people are organising “Stay at Home” street parties on Friday 8th May.”
The Marquis of Granby will be trialling the takeaway service as from 1st May for 3 days and then again for the following weekend which starts with the VE Day celebrations on Friday 8th May. Full details of the menu and prices can be found on The Marquis of Granby Facebook page
The delivery service will cover Weymouth and Portland between 12 and 2pm only. Orders must be placed by 3pm on the day before delivery.
The nation will be celebrating the VE Day 75th Anniversary in many ways, including a national address by the Queen at 9pm on Friday 8th May, families are being urged to host a party in their gardens, observing the 2-metre distance ruling and to put up celebration bunting. The nation will be invited to join together singing WWII songs including We’ll Meet Again by Dame Vera Lynn – in a nationwide celebration inspired by Clap For Carers.
Plans for the 75th anniversary next Friday, which has been made into Bank Holiday, include a replay of Winston Churchill’s victory speech. Prince Charles will read an extract from King George VI’s diary penned on VE Day.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will join royals to make surprise video calls to veterans who have been denied a heroes’ procession through London due to the lockdown.
Craig Oakes, President of the Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce said “This is a perfect example of how businesses are innovating and experimenting with new ways of doing business. As humans, we miss the interaction that businesses have with their customers and this initiative that The Marquis of Granby has taken to provide homemade Cream Teas on VE Day is a great example of this. I will be getting my order in as soon as possible”.
More information at The Marquis of Granby Facebook page
Photo: Gemma Baker, James and Rachel Miners at The Marquis of Granby with a selection of Cakes. Photo supplied by the Marquis of Granby

Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby