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Wombourne restaurant running take-out service amid coronavirus

By Thomas Parkes | South Staffordshire | Dining out | Published:

A restaurant in South Staffordshire has offered to deliver lunches for people who are self-isolating and social distancing.

Head chef Louise Ward with husband Simon Ward are running a take-out service at The Courtyard

The Courtyard, on Walkers Way in Wombourne, offered to deliver to people amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It has seen them deliver food – specially ordered to celebrate Mother's Day – to people, rather than having people sit down and potentially spread the virus.

Simon Ward, who runs the bistro-style eatery with wife Louise, said: "Obviously Mother's Day, perhaps after Christmas, is the second-busiest day of the year for most restaurants and like every other restaurant, we were fully booked for lunch.

"Obviously with the conditions we couldn't have guests in so we offered all our guests the option of a take-out or collection.

"We offered the same menu, pretty much, but on a collection or delivery basis. People were staggered around the times of their booking too."

Neale and Jayne Ward collect their dinner..

The 47-year-old, whose kitchen staff and 43-year-old wife prepared the three courses, said it was "unusual" – with Mr Ward having spent 25 years in the hospitality sector.

He said: "We're offering the service as a traditional English bistro restaurant – we don't do take-out service normally so this is completely new to us.

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"I feel like we're doing a community service because no-one can go out – or maybe they want a little bit of a treat.

"We have a loyal client base and a good reputation and people trust us – they're approaching us and saying 'can you do something' for this event, like birthdays, or can we deliver some food.

"I'm quite proud of what we're doing – it's unusual. I've sent 25 years in the hospitality sector and I've never been involved in doing a take-out.

"It's a bit strange but it's nice to give something back."

So far The Courtyard has catered for an 80-year-old and 75-year-old's birthdays.

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Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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