East Devon MP launches website to help district’s pubs ‘survive and thrive’

East Devon MP Simon Jupp has created and launched a dedicated website listing and promoting the district’s pubs. 

It has been created to give the local trade a boost following months of closure due to Covid-19.

The site – eastdevonpubs.co.uk  – contains a map allowing users to discover ‘hidden gems’ or simply to find out more about their nearby watering holes.

As well as detailing the location, the website also contains a description of the pub and a link to its website.

There is also a gallery section so users can visually appreciate some of the great boozers in the area.

Pubs are welcome to contact Mr Jupp to add pictures of their premises, too.

Research has revealed there were 40,866 pubs in England and Wales before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The figures show that 473 have closed for good since then; the equivalent of roughly one a day.

 Mr Jupp said: “I’ve always loved a proper pub and here in East Devon we are lucky to have many to choose from.

“It’s so important to do what we can to support them during this challenging time for the hospitality sector.

“I have been talking with many pub landlords in my constituency and helped them gain access to government grants or obtain licences to create or extend their outdoor drinking areas.

“I don’t just want our local pubs to survive, I want them to thrive, which is why I’ve launched this website dedicated to the pubs of East Devon. Cheers!”

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