Food & Drink

Family brewer to offer a complimentary three-course meal to more than 300 people spending Christmas Day alone

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: December 11, 2023 | Updated: 11th December 2023

Home alone this Christmas? Then independent family brewer Hall & Woodhouse would like to hear from you.

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The Dorset-based business is to open the doors of more than 50 managed houses in its pubs estate to tackle loneliness on Christmas Day.

It is offering a complimentary three-course meal for locals who will be spending Christmas alone this year as part of its ‘Community Christmas Table’ initiative.

More than 300 people are expected to benefit, coming together with people in a similar situation to enjoy a free Christmas lunch with a drink of their choice and some jolly community spirit.

In Dorset, The Smuggler’s Inn, Weymouth, and The Olive Branch, Wimborne, and several other pubs will have tables reserved for six people on Christmas Day.

Matt Woodhouse, Regional Manager for Managed Houses at Hall & Woodhouse, said: “The community sits at the heart of our purpose at Hall & Woodhouse and making everyone feel at home in our pubs is something we strive to achieve every day.

“We know that Christmas can be a difficult time for some, and the day can be shadowed by grief and loneliness.

“With that in mind, it’s important to us that we offer a warm and welcoming space to be on Christmas Day for those who find themselves alone this season.

“Collectively across the estate, we anticipate that the value of this investment into the communities we operate in will be over £25,000, as we hope to support hundreds of people in need.”

Places for Hall & Woodhouse’s ‘Community Christmas Table’ initiative are secured on a first come, first serve basis, with waiting lists available in case of cancellation.

Guests can request a seat for themselves or be nominated by another party.

To get in touch, simply call, email, or direct message one of the participating pubs on social media.

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