Guy Opperman has urged Tynedale residents to support their local pubs and hospitality venues as we emerge from the pandemic.
The local MP visited the Black Bull in Corbridge to meet Adrian and his team of staff. The visit was held in association with UKHospitality to discuss the challenges the industry has faced throughout the pandemic.
Mr. Opperman also had the opportunity to pull a pint behind the bar, and is urging everyone to back our local hospitality venues across Tynedale this summer.
Guy Opperman MP said:
‘It was brilliant to be welcomed by Adrian and the team at the Black Bull in Corbridge to discuss some of the issues they have faced throughout the pandemic.
Our hospitality industry has been hard hit over the last year. I urge everyone to support our local hospitality venues, because if we don’t use them, we will lose them.’
Richard Clifford, Public Affairs and Policy Manager, UKHospitality said:
‘It was great to meet with Guy at the Black Bull in his constituency to discuss the many challenges facing the hospitality sector after 18 months of restrictions. Guy is receptive to the needs of the sector and we welcome his support for hospitality businesses in Corbridge and right across Northumberland.’
Assistant Manager Adrian Proud said:
“We were pleased to welcome Mr Opperman to the Black Bull to highlight our team’s amazing work throughout the pandemic and to also talk about what is needed to help the hospitality sector start recovering from the impact of Covid-19 restrictions.
It was very helpful to discuss the varying and complex challenges that our pub and thousands of others across the country have faced since the first lockdown began in March 2020, and it was great that he took the time to visit and listen to the experiences of the team.
This past year and a half has been like nothing we could have imagined and while restrictions have lifted we are still dealing with much higher operating costs than we were before the pandemic. Nevertheless, it’s great to be back open once more and doing what we do best and bringing back the pub experience that our customers have missed so much.”