Pub’s genius offer to bored employees still working from home
Written by Rother Radio News on 09/10/2020
If a Lottery win is out of the question, the opportunity of working from a pub would be a good consolation prize in many people’s eyes.
Right now, that option is more than just a dream because a Barnsley local is throwing it’s doors open with a revolutionary ‘pub office’ offer.
It will allow workers marooned at home the opportunity to share a socially-distanced space with others in the same position.
So while those who take up the offer at The Norman in Monk Bretton will not quite be rubbing shoulders with their companions, they might well enjoy the companionship.
But before anyone gets the wrong idea, the deal cooked up by manager Rebekah Rankin is not there to encourage booze-fuelled excess.
While her prices are modest at £5 for three hours or £10 with a lunchtime sandwich, the unlimited free drinks will offer nothing more potent than caffine in form of tea and coffee.
Rebekah admits she “pinched” the idea from another Marstons pub in the midlands but said she had seen nothing similar in this area.
She has been stunned by the response since making the offer via Facebook, with more than 100,000 views in the space of one day.
Now a colleague at Sheffield ‘s Florentine, a Marstons pub in Ranmoor, is to adopt the same format.
Rebekah is expecting her first customers next week and said: “It is a goodwill thing, it allows people to get out of the house.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive, people have said ‘good on you for trying something different’.
“It is a nice atmosphere in here, it is quiet so you can sit and not get bothered and there is table service, it is the ideal environment.
“You have to move with the times, you can sit and moan about things like the lockdown and table service, or you can come up with new ideas.
“We will still have a business at the end of this and we want to remind customers we are still here,” she said.
To follow coronavirus rules, up to six people can share a table and a socket will be available to charge computers, with wi-fi on tap.
Staff will also be happy to help with minor services like printing documents, if needed.