Back in August, Skipton’s restaurants, pubs and cafes were understandably delighted to see a regular influx of customers through their doors. Encouraged by the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, Skipton eateries were once again doing what they do best and serving great food to both locals and tourists.
There are so many excellent places to eat in Skipton and, despite altering their business models and working hard to provide other services, many of our local dining establishments struggled immensely during lockdown. Grants, loans and the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme all helped in some way to get them back on their feet.
Now, there are new challenges being faced by local eateries. Not only has the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme come to an end, but groups of more than six people are no longer allowed to dine together and COVID cases in Craven are on the increase. Local businesses are likely to see a noticeable drop in footfall again and Skipton may be at risk of seeing more High Street closures.
Local eateries are adhering to strict government guidelines and working hard to ensure their customers are as safe as possible during these worrying times. Understandably, however, many locals remain or have become reluctant once again to leave their homes unless completely necessary. The good news is, we can still do our bit to support local pubs, restaurants and cafes without actually visiting them.
Here are a few ideas:
Purchase a Gift Voucher
Many of our local businesses offer gift vouchers. Whether these be paper vouchers or e-vouchers, they make a great gift and are usually valid for 12 months. You don’t necessarily have to purchase them as a gift either. If you know you have a special occasion coming up in a few months and you would normally celebrate by dining out, consider paying for this in advance by purchasing a voucher.
Order a Takeaway
A considerable number of Skipton restaurants began offering takeaway services during the national lockdown and the majority are still doing so. Brody’s, Oakley’s, Leylak and Lychee are just a few of the local restaurants offering their most popular dishes for collection or delivery. All those who deliver stick to the social distancing rules, wear masks and place your food on your doorstep to avoid physical contact. It isn’t just restaurants offering takeaways either! Places like Cake’ole and Three Sheep Tea Rooms will gladly make you one of their delicious cakes to enjoy at home with the family.
Leave a Review
A large percentage of the UK population look at customer reviews prior to making a booking at a restaurant. If you have visited a local restaurant in the past but haven’t yet left a review, consider doing so! This will contribute to maintaining or increasing their current rating and will encourage others to dine with them at a later date. Reviews can be left on their Google listings, TripAdvisor listings and Facebook pages.
Social Media Support
A free and easy way to support local businesses is by following their social media accounts and engaging with their posts. Search “Skipton Restaurants”, “Skipton Cafes” and “Skipton Pubs” on Facebook and then like all the pages of the places you know and love. When their posts appear on your newsfeed, give them a like, leave them a comment and share their post to your newsfeed to further increase their reach.