It’s many years since the village of Felmersham had its own shop, but – in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – the owners of The Sun pub are taking action.
The pub, in the heart of the picturesque village is now trading as a shop, supplying essentials to local people, plus a takeaway pint if you bring your own glass.
They’re stocking milk, bread, flour, soap, hand sanitiser, tinned goods, pasta and chocolate, plus fresh fruit and veg from 4pm Monday to Thursday and 11am – 11pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We took over the pub a year ago,” said owner Pete Pestell, who runs The Sun with his wife, Conny. “There’s a great community here and this seemed like the obvious thing to do.
“To close the doors and give up was not an option. This is our livelihood and it would have left the community in the lurch.”
As well as running the village shop, the pub is also offering takeaway food from their menu, including delivery of Sunday lunch on Mother’s Day.
Pete, formerly the Duke of Bedford’s personal chef, is Bedford born and bred and says he always wanted to run a business in the heart of the community.
“We want to look after the customers who have looked after and supported us for the last year,” he said.