“At present the delivery service we operate is more for our local elderly customers” explained Two Sisters proprietor Brian Devitt, brother of former LVA Chairwoman Deirdre Devitt, who’s currently offering a ‘contactless’ collection and delivery service from the closed pub.
“We offer food deliveries from Thursday to Saturday between 4.30pm and 8pm and earlier on a Sunday: 3pm to 7pm,” he says.
“Initially an elderly person living at home could get a roast dinner but we expanded that within the first couple of days of the closedown as customers bought into it.
“We’ve been busy and it’s been good for me to get the lads back into the kitchen as well and get a few hours ‘though this is nothing compared to what we were doing,” he admits.
The Two Sisters delivers a few dinners a day to pub customers who can’t get out “… and sons and daughters who can’t get close to their parents are letting me know about them,” he adds.
The pub, long renowned for its early-morning takeway coffees for commuters and the home delivery of its meals, started to develop this side of the business immediately on closedown so that within three days of the Sunday shutdown it was already doing takeaway foods by Wednesday the 18th of March.
To avail of the pub’s food collection service, customers simply ring in advance, order the food and pay for it. It will then be dropped to the door (for elderly customers in the area) or collecting customers can simply have it placed into their car boot.
But the pub does more than just food. It also offers a wine and beer service as well as a supply of fresh coffee.
“A lot of people like our coffee – we’ve been selling bags of it,” says Brian, “People just want to avoid long queues at the supermarket so they come here instead.”