Pint Takeaway

Pint Takeaway – The Editor’s Online Update

PINT TAKEAWAY UPDATE – 20th APRIL 2020

Welcome to the first proper Pint Takeaway online update. Despite the shift from print to exclusively-online content, in a strange way this post feels more primitive than putting together the magazine. It feels mainly like a listings page, which I suppose is what it is. This one is a bit short and light on content, which is something I hope to change over subsequent posts. 

It’s simply heartening to read how communities are pulling together to support local businesses, and even better to see those pubs and breweries we love coming up with innovative ideas to offer patrons their favourite tipple, and even a bite to eat in some cases, serving their local community and beyond. 

As more and more establishments adjust to the current climate, the more I will continue to write about them in these pages. This edition feels a bit flimsy because I’m pulling what local information I can from social media pages and the like. If you’re a pub or a brewery and you’re offering takeaway or delivery services, please e-mail me with a few lines about what you’re doing, and when you’re offering it. editor@pinttaken.org.uk 

I also want to hear from you, about how you’re adapting to the current situation. Have you recently been awed by takeaway service offered to you? Do you feel there’s anything more establishments can do in these strange times? Drop me a line and I’ll feature reader’s comments or questions here. 

In the meantime, please stay safe and look after yourselves

Cheers!

James

Editor, Pint Taken

Takeaway News

Alestones, Tardebigge are open at various times daily, offering a selection of ales and ciders. Keep an eye on their Facebook for more information

A click and collect service is currently being offered by Stirchley Wines and Spirits – check their website

Cider drinkers take note Tardebigge Cider, Tutnall are offering collection of cider in bag and keg alike. Delivery is available within around 7 miles of the Bromsgrove-Redditch vicinity. Have a look here

Black Country behemoths Fixed Wheel Brewery are currently readying their online shop for delivery of their beer selection – not online at the time of writing but keep your eye on their website, and also their Facebook page

The Hop Pole, Droitwich are usually open 6-9pm, offering takeaway. Please go ‘round the back and bring your own containers. 

The Hartlebury Brewing Company are delivering 8-pint kegs of their beer free across Droitwich/Kidderminster/Bewdley/Worcester/Bromsgrove areas, on a contact-free basis. Delivery times do vary so be sure to check their Facebook for whether they have any delivery slots available 

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PINT TAKEAWAY

A number of weeks ago I began thinking about what I would write in the editor’s introduction to the Summer edition of Pint Taken. In the world of magazine publishing these things are done quite far in advance. I was going to write about how two damaging storms and floods had caused disruption to homes and businesses in Worcestershire (as well as nationwide) and I concluded that I was sure everyone was looking forward to a fantastic summer. Things didn’t look – at that point – like they could become any worse for the Spring. I, like everyone else, could not have predicted what has happened in the past few weeks – the sweeping changes being made to our lives and the restrictions we now face as a society.

It was with heavy heart that I announced that the next edition of Pint Taken has been delayed because of what’s going on in the world at the moment. It was a difficult decision but not a wholly unfathomable one, based on the government’s mandating of pub closures the ban on social interaction, and the lockdown situation that quickly ensued. 

Despite the magazine not being published in print or online for some time, I wanted to let you know that we still plan to be here moving forward. I am therefore announcing Pint Takeaway, a fortnightly update surrounding takeway services throughout Worcestershire and the surrounding area.

I’ll be seeking other contributions to this mail-out in due course. Please don’t expect anything as polished as Pint Taken in its print/online form as it’s impossible to pull something as professional – my main aim here is to get information out to people with the dual purpose of satisfying those who seek ale and cider sustenance, and as a way of supporting the businesses we love, and which we long to see thine again. We’re sending this out fortnightly on a Monday, beginning April 23rd. 

If you have anything you’d like to contribute to Pint Takeaway, please e-mail us: editor@pinttaken.com

Although Covid-19 is our immediate future, it is not the future. I know we will get through this. I hope having this mail-out may bring joy in the face of ambiguity. 

To you, your friends and your families – stay safe. 

James Griffiths
Editor, Pint Taken