Village pub landlord helps feed vulnerable members of community

The York Inn at Churchinford

The York Inn at Churchinford has been supporting its community - Credit: The York Inn

Publican Dan Prettejohn of The York Inn in Churchinford has been supporting his community in the past year by providing hundreds of meals on wheels.
In addition to a fantastic take-away menu of pub classics, Dan has also been offering a meals on wheels lunch service from the pub. Open to everyone at lunch times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Dan offers a special menu of two-courses for £6 consisting of a hot main meal and pudding. From those families who were home-schooling and working from home, to those having to isolate, the Meals on Wheels service has provided an affordable alternative for a hot meal.
Dan said: “When the first lockdown hit, we wanted to do what we could to help our community. We launched our takeaway menu however, we soon realised that we could go further and offer a more affordable menu at lunchtime. 
“Everyone is welcome to take advantage of our meals on wheels lunches and they are available to order for same day delivery. This is not a money making exercise for us, we just hope it helps ensure people get a hot meal during the day and takes away the stress and worry about what to cook.”
Dan continued: “One of the big reasons for doing it was the closure of schools, and in some cases school dinners were the only hot meals some children would have been getting. At Christmas we hired a carnival float, complete with Santa’s sleigh, and gave over 120 free selection boxes to any children who came to the village.”
The York Inn has also been donating snack boxes to the staff room of Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. These snack boxes include a wide variety of savoury and sweet treats for NHS staff and key workers to enjoy on their well-deserved breaks.
Dan continued: “We are delighted to be open again now. We missed our customers dearly. Our takeaway and meals on wheels services have allowed us to keep in touch with many of our regulars during each lockdown, however, nothing can replace that pub experience, enjoying good food and drinks with your friends and family. We are still continuing with our takeaway and meals on wheels service; they have been so popular and proved to be a life-line for some.”
Orders for meals on wheels must be made by 11am on the day required by calling the pub on 01823 601 333.
The York Inn, Honiton Road, Churchinford, Taunton TA3 7RF

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