Hackney pub and brewery join #NationalTimeOut campaign

PUBLISHED: 14:30 06 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:21 09 May 2020

Pembury Tavern was taken over by Five Points Brewery in 2018. Picture: Sam Huddleston.

Pembury Tavern was taken over by Five Points Brewery in 2018. Picture: Sam Huddleston.

Sam Huddleston

A pub and brewery in Hackney have both joined a movement calling for the government to “save” the hospitality industry during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Pembury Tavern in Amhurst Road and The Five Points Brewing Co in Institute Place have called for Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer, to give them a nine month rent holiday during the pandemic.

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This is part of a country-wide campaign launched by Hospitality Union, National Time Out, which is also asking for loan and interest payment postponement for landlords so no one is adversely affected.

Co-founder and managing director of Five Points and The Pembury Tavern, Ed Mason, said: “Pubs were the first to be asked to close, and we are likely to be the last to be allowed to reopen. Pubs simply won’t be able to continue going if landlords insist on receiving full rent while their tenants are closed with no income.”

Five Points is offering all NHS staff a 20 per cent discount off any item in its online store and has also pledged £1 of every purchase will go to charity.

Cash collected in April will go to the National Emergencies Trust and the British Red Cross and in May to Mind.

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