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BII Hospitality Heroes: Recognition for licensees using lockdown as a force for good

While offering support to licensees throughout the pandemic, the BII has found humility and kindness born from worry of uncertain futures. As pubs are closed, the licensees behind the front doors are working tirelessly to safeguard staff, businesses, themselves and families, but also the most vulnerable in their communities too.

As we speak to our members through daily calls, social media and our Coronavirus Impact Survey, we’ve found that not only are publicans spreading kindness and positivity in the pandemic, but many are also doing it without thought for profits.

With work spanning food parcel deliveries, disco fundraisers, charitable donations and fast reactions to changing the day to day running of businesses, the BII wanted to recognise the fantastic people in the industry we are working to support.


The team at Yummy Pub Co.

Collecting and distributing care packages for local NHS staff.

Working with Budvar and Camden Town Breweries, the team at Yummy have helped create goody bags for staff at University College London Hospital. With Somers Town Coffee House acting as the drop off point, the initiative has helped to collect and distribute over 4,000 chocolates and 300 cases of beer to hospital teams.

Anthony Pender says that, “without the pub to unwind in after a hard day, the drinks and socials have offered staff a place to relax and chat after they’ve come off duty”.

Working with Haringey Council, Yummy are also providing 75 food packs a day to support the homeless, as well as creating a grocery market at The Wiremill, to sell stock from all four pubs through an online Click and Collect service. Proving that work hasn’t stopped despite the pubs being ‘closed’.

Read our Meet the Member interview with Anthony Pender here

John Pendry of Pendry’s Pubs

Walking one million steps for local children’s hospice Chestnut Tree House.

With many charities losing income by way of donations to charity shops and fundraising from events, John Pendry decided to raise money to help support those needing end of life care in such uncertain times.

In order to reach his target, John is walking 100,000 steps per week, saying he enjoys having something to focus on during lockdown.

Speaking to The Argus, Pendry says, “We would not want to have to go through this lockdown again, so if my family get through this, having the pubs closed is a small price to pay.”

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The team at the Eagle and Child Pub, Ramsbottom

Providing over 250 meals to the Manchester Food Initiative and delivering afternoon tea to local NHS Hospitals in celebration of VE Day.

Licensee Glen Duckett and the Eagle + Child team are a proactive bunch, with staff member Callam fundraising for the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Funds by walking 25 miles; supplying hearty meals in support of vulnerable members of the community as well as NHS staff working on the frontline.

A recent tweet showed the community spirit felt by all at the Eagle + Child:

“Happy VE day all! Today we’ve sent out over 70 afternoon teas for #VEDay75 to local residents to enjoy, as well as 50 to #NHSHeroes and 50 to #MCRfoodinitiative it's always important for us to keep our #CommunitySpirit , but especially in times like these!”


The team at the Antelope Pub, Surbiton

200 Free Meals provided to local charity Voices of Hope.

Owned by Big Smoke Brew Co., the team at the Antelope have partnered with Voices of Hope to make and distribute healthy meals to the elderly, low income, homeless and isolated in the Kingston area.

Speaking to SW Londoner, James Morgan (owner of Big Smoke Brew Co. & BII member) said:

“We love the area we trade our business from and the local community. We have the facilities to support people who need it during these difficult times.” 


Adam Prestage, The Witton Chimes

Kinky Pinky pub disco in aid of Tiny Steps charity.

Nicknamed “Kinky Pinky” after wearing a pink waistcoat to host his first pub disco, Adam Prestage decided to use his platform to fundraise for the charity Tiny Steps, after his daughter contracted Covid-19 while pregnant.

The disco, running on Fridays at 8-10pm is Adam’s way of getting his community of customers back together while they’re not able to be in the pub.

Prestage said, “I also do my Chimes TV regularly on Facebook, which keeps the community I serve in the loop, they’re uplifted and engaged by them. As Landlords we really do have to take our roles in our communities more seriously than ever before in such unprecedented times”.

With 75,000 engagements since he started broadcasting at the start of lockdown, Adam has used the platform for raise £525 for Tiny Steps (a charity offering sensory play activities for young children) amongst other fundraisers.


Do you know of any licensees who should be our next BII Hospitality Heroes? Email us at with a few sentences nominating yourselves or other inspirational publicans deserving of recognition and our gratitude!

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