Seaton Delaval pub wins award for work during pandemic

A popular pub has picked up an award for its work in the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 10:00 am
Sharon Herron, landlady of The Keel Row at Seaton Delaval.

The Keel Row, in Seaton Delaval, was among the winners in The Great British Pub Awards – Pub Heroes.

The pub won the Feeding the Community category at the award ceremony took place online on FacebookLive and YouTube.

Weeks before pubs were forced to close, publican Sharon Herron launched a free delivery service for those who were apprehensive about visiting busy public places or had underlying health conditions.

When the Government told pubs to close, the Keel Row launched a takeaway/delivery service with prices for home-cooked dishes reduced to ensure all of the community were able to access the service.

A team of volunteers worked each day to serve home-cooked food at affordable prices and they delivered meals daily to local care homes and sheltered accommodation.

For Easter, Sharon and her team visited nearby households with a Peter Rabbit mascot.

Sharon and her team also set up a successful afternoon tea service, delivering over 80 afternoon teas each day.

Sharon said: “This is a fantastic surprise. I can’t believe we won, thank you to everyone who voted for us.

"I just wanted to help in any way I could, when lockdown hit.

"The Keel Row is at the heart of the community here and that wasn’t going to stop just because we had to close our doors.”

The Great British Pub Awards Pub Heroes recognise and reward the incredible efforts by pubs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In spite of the lockdown and being forced to close their doors, many pubs remained at the heart of their communities, providing help and support in many different ways.

With more than 600 entries across fifteen categories, the winners were chosen by public vote.

Each winner will be offered the opportunity to submit an application for up to £10,000 each to fund a business improvement or upgrade or to put towards a community project.

Additionally, Coca-Cola will fund a further £1,000 donation to a local charity or good cause supported by each of the winning pubs.