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Leon Burman

Eat out to help out

By admin 07.08.2020

The Silk Mill is one of many venues in the town making use of the Government’s new “eat out to help out” scheme, which encourages people to use local cafes, pubs and restaurants as lockdown eases. Sue Tapliss, Director of the Mill, said “This is a fantastic scheme from the Chancellor to give our customers a 50 per cent discount.”

Since it reopened, following the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown, the Cafe at the Mill has seen a steady stream of visitors. They enjoy sitting on the banks of the River Test in the glorious sunshine. The lovely lawns of the Mill lend themselves to effective social distancing too. Discounts do not apply to takeaway refreshments, but apply to customers sitting in the garden.

Visitors benefit from a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and drinks, any Tuesday to Wednesday in August and Bank Holiday Monday.

The deal can be used as many times as you like throughout August. You do not need a voucher and there is no minimum spend. So just nip in for a cup of tea for £1 or hot chocolate for £1.20, or an afternoon cream tea for just £3.25! Every penny spent at the Mill supports living weaving heritage.

During the 105 days of closure the Mill lost 70% of its income. This puts the Grade Two* Listed building and working museum at great risk, even while closed, the building, grounds and river needed continual care.

The Riverside Cafe at the Mill is one of a number of cafes, pubs and restaurants in Whitchurch that has signed up. This website lists all the cafes, pubs and restaurants taking part within five miles of the Whitchurch.

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