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From | Wednesday 20 May 2020

City centre businesses are beating the lockdown with collections and deliveries.

Simon Pownall testing cocktail recipes at Hotham’s Distillery.

From burgers and beer to coffee and cocktails, Hull city centre’s hard-hit food and drink businesses are stepping up their efforts to keep customers fed and watered under lockdown.

Furley & Co unveiled their new collection service on the doorstep of their bar in Princes Dock Street, Hull, last weekend and are now looking forward to a busy Bank Holiday.

The Furleys team collected orders by phone and WhatsApp for dishes including burgers, salads, loaded fries and vegetarian options, as well as beers and ciders .

The bar is planning a long weekend for the Bank Holiday with opening from noon to 6pm Friday until Monday.

Tom Hewitt with the takeaway and delivery menus at Furley & Co.

Shoot the Bull will launch deliveries and click-and-collect this weekend at the Old House in Scale Lane and plan to continue every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Orders must be placed before noon on the app or website at for collection between noon and 4pm the following day, with delivery available as far as Brough, South Cave and Market Weighton. The website also has details of the menu, which will be enhanced soon with the addition of an afternoon tea option.

Hotham’s Distillery in Hepworth’s Arcade, Hull, has added to their online gin sales with a range of guest drinks from Coleman’s Cider Co of Driffield. Also, with the award-winning gin school closed because of the lockdown the company is providing some tuition online with a selection of summer cocktails on its Hull Gin School and Leeds Gin School Facebook pages.

Two Gingers Coffee in Paragon Arcade is planning to reopen for deliveries from Friday and is also exploring the possibility of launching a collection service. 

At Homestead Store, also in Paragon Arcade, founder Charlie Broomfield has been busy with online sales of homewares, magazines, vegan beauty products and other items.

HullBID executive director Kathryn Shillito said: “Coronavirus has had a huge impact on city centre businesses, but the benefit of having such a strong independent sector is that they can respond quickly to customer demand and also lead the way.

“We know there are other businesses throughout the city centre which are taking an innovative approach to how they work, enabling them to keep things ticking over and to maintain a strong relationship with their customers by providing a safe and much needed serviced.”