Landlady turns to delicious dishes for her regulars at Wigan pub during lockdown

A pub landlady unable to serve pints during the coronavirus lockdown has turned her attention to making delicious meals for the community.
Lynda Ramsdale, landlady of Spinners Arms, with partner Michael AspeyLynda Ramsdale, landlady of Spinners Arms, with partner Michael Aspey
Lynda Ramsdale, landlady of Spinners Arms, with partner Michael Aspey

The Spinners Arms in Leigh would usually only sell food on Sundays, when customers can tuck into roast dinners.

But after being forced to close again due to the current restrictions, landlady Lynda Ramsdale has been offering her roast dinners as takeaways.

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Orders are taken by phone or Facebook and the meals are then delivered to customers’ homes on Sundays.

Its success during the first lockdown is now being repeated and she has expanded the menu to sell breakfasts twice a week.

As well as providing meals for her customers, it means the pub still has an income while its doors are closed.

Lynda said: “With the food deliveries we are keeping it ticking over.

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“We just want to open of course, but it is keeping us busy and keeping us focused and we have something to look forward to when we open the doors.”

But it is not just paying customers that Lynda has been serving, as she decided to give free afternoon teas and roast dinners to organisations such as care homes and hospitals during the initial lockdown.

And she provided free meals for children during the half-term holiday last month, inspired by footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign.

She said: “I thought it wouldn’t be a lot, maybe 50, but it ended up being just under 800 lunches.

“Luckily the community came together and I had donations.

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“We had three drivers going into the community to deliver them in the week.

People came in to prep because there were so many to do.

“It was so rewarding, especially the school dinners. I met some lovely people that we are still in touch with.”

Lynda said a lot of people were supporting her during the lockdown and looking forward to the pub opening again.

And her efforts have been recognised, with customers recently sending a card, flowers and money to help.

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She said: “I want to thank everyone for the support. It was overwhelming.

“It’s immense the support we have had and I really do appreciate what everybody has done.”

To find out more about the pub’s meals and how to order, search for Spinners Arms on Facebook.

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