This year, a “quick pint in the pub” is very different from what most of us knew before the coronavirus pandemic.
The restrictions and guidance in place to protect staff and visitors mean that, for now, you can sit in a pub garden on a table that can accommodate up to six or two different households.
But a Hampshire pub was unaffected by the restrictions – and you can find it in a Hythe nursing home.
The Carpathia Arms operated at Care UK’s Carpathia Grange nursing home on Southampton Road and fired pints for residents throughout the lockdown.
The current restrictions prevent residents from leaving the house, so when they started to miss the atmosphere of their neighborhood, the Carpathia Grange team members took care to bring them.
The house now hosts regular events at the pub, which sees team members transform into bartenders and play music or put sports games on the big screen to recreate the true atmosphere of a pub.
Ann Spencer, a resident of the house, even said she “loved calling the last order at the bar.”
Pooja Dhoot, Home Manager at Carpathia Grange, said: “As every pub is still not able to serve customers inside, we feel incredibly lucky to have our own Carpathia Arms here at home fully open. .
“The residents lacked their local and wanted a special space where they could have a drink at night, so the team worked hard to bring the pub to life.
“For residents, the pub is associated with many fond memories of their youth, from outings with friends to pub quizzes to Sunday lunches.
“In addition to a great selection of drinks, the Carpathia Arms also offers an opportunity to remember for many residents.
“Well done to the team for all their hard work – we are really looking forward to our next pub night!”