Top Warwickshire hotel which was forced to close following Government measures has donated all of its food to NHS workers

A top Warwickshire hotel which was forced to close following Government measures for Covid-19 has donated all of its food and ingredients to NHS workers.

Coombe Abbey Hotel shut down as part of plans to halt the Coronavirus crisis, but has donated all surplus food supplies to doctors and nurses at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

The ingredients and meals, which would have been used to feed guests at the award-winning hotel’s restaurant, have now been donated as a treat for frontline NHS staff as a morale boost during long shifts at the busy hospital.

The donations included fresh fruit, cheese, bread, bacon, salads, and treats such as crisps, drinks, chocolate and cakes from the Afternoon Tea selection.

Coombe Abbey, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, closed its doors and those of the cafes in the hotel’s grounds on Tuesday, March 24 until Monday, May 4, to protect the welfare of staff and guests and following the Government’s advice.

Ron Terry, General Manager at Coombe Abbey Hotel, said: “We wanted to make sure that the food we had at the hotel would not go to waste after we were forced to close.

“We wanted to donate all of this food to those fighting this pandemic from the frontline as a way to give back and say thank you for their hard work and long hours they will be putting in fighting the disease.

“We are so grateful for their hard work, and hopefully they can enjoy the food, that would have fed guests in our onsite restaurants and the Café in the Park, as a treat from us.

“Our staff are working hard to process refunds for those who had visits to Coombe booked during the lockdown, but this has also been a great opportunity for us to give back to the community during these difficult times.

“We hope the NHS staff enjoy the treats on offer and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to Coombe as soon as it is safe to do so.”