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Socially Distanced Dining: Indoor restaurants reopen again: Leyla Kazim heads to Padstow to discover how restaurants are adapting to new Covid rules.

Socially Distanced Dining: Indoor restaurants reopen again: Leyla Kazim heads to Padstow to discover how restaurants are adapting to new Covid rules.

FromThe Food Programme


Socially Distanced Dining: Indoor restaurants reopen again: Leyla Kazim heads to Padstow to discover how restaurants are adapting to new Covid rules.

FromThe Food Programme

ratings:
Length:
29 minutes
Released:
May 23, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode

Description

As hospitality businesses in most parts of the UK are allowed to resume serving customers indoors this week, Leyla Kazim heads to Padstow to meet a couple who have moved their restaurant out of town in order to adapt to the new rules. Prawn on the Lawn in Padstow is a fishmonger with a small restaurant, which can typically fit around 22 diners, but only 12 with social distancing. Owners Rick and Katie Toogood have now relocated the restaurant into a marquee on a nearby farm, where all the restaurants vegetables are grown by Ross Geach from Padstow Kitchen Garden.

Over the past 15 months since the first Coronavirus lockdown forced hospitality to shut down, many businesses have had to adapt to keep going. Some restaurants started selling takeaway, others did 'heat at home' boxes, or meal kits. Many have used the Government furlough scheme, taken advantage of rent holidays, government grants and loans. For some, it's not been enough. Research from CGA and AlixPartners suggests there are now nearly 10% fewer restaurants to choose from than before the pandemic, while analysis from The Local Data Company for The Food Programme suggests certain types of cuisine fared better than others in staying open.

During the programme we meet Oskar Ali, the owner of Falafilo Island, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Newport, which shut down after Christmas because of financial pressures. We also hear from restaurants and cafes around the UK that have been adapting to keep going, including Contini's in Edinburgh, Hangfire in Barry, Fodder in Downpatrick, and Ivy Chutney in Leicester.

Presented by Leyla Kazim
Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan
Released:
May 23, 2021
Format:
Podcast Episode