Pickled Ploughman’s Unsung Hero raises cash for Katharine House
Banbury’s MP recognises pub owner’s efforts during lockdown
Diversifying during lockdown has not only helped one North Oxfordshire pub survive but has also raised a substantial amount of money for the Katharine House Hospice at the same time.
Trevor Brown, owner of The Pickled Ploughman in Adderbury, was today given an Unsung Hero award by Banbury’s MP Victoria Prentis in recognition of his efforts. Mrs Prentis and Mr Brown together presented a cheque and additional cash totalling £2,830 to Hannah Lehman from the Katharine House Hospice.
When lockdown started and pubs were forced to close Mr Brown decided to set up a small market stall outside The Pickled Ploughman. The small stall grew popular and became a 50 square metre covered market area, often with queues of people waiting to make purchases. The Pickled Ploughman also began selling takeaway food.
Throughout the period the market stall was in operation shoppers were offered the opportunity to make a donation to the Katharine House Hospice.
In presenting Mr Brown with his Unsung Hero award Mrs Prentis noted the large number of people who had contacted her to nominate him. She told Banbury FM, “He’s been amazing. He’s fed the village and the wider community. He and his team have worked really, really hard and they’ve had a ‘can do’ attitude”.
Tomorrow sees many pubs and restaurants reopening in North Oxfordshire. Ahead of the presentation Mrs Prentis took a look around the measures Mr Brown has introduced at The Pickled Ploughman to ensure the safety of his customers. Mrs Prentis was impressed and told us, “He’s put up beautiful screens, there’s going to be only table service and he’s got lots of people booked in for the weekend”.
Mr Brown has also erected a marque to the rear of the pub to allow for an additional spaced dining area.
Listen to The Right Honourable Victoria Prentis MP speaking to Banbury FM: