Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
4:09 AM 24th March 2020

Honley Firm Provides Free Food To Hospital Staff During Covid-19

Award-winning Huddersfield-based Punch Bar and Tapas restaurant is giving away 200 free meals a week to local NHS workers – and their families – for three months as the battle against Coronavirus continues.

As thousands of people self-isolate and social distance across the globe, many workers are still on the frontline assisting those in dire need.

That’s why the team at Honley wants to help whilst all three of its premises – Uno Cucina, Krafty and Punch – are temporarily shut following government advice.

With a weekly changing menu, NHS workers will be able to choose from a range of family dishes such as braised meatballs, roast red onion gravy and sautéed new potatoes. There’s also Uno’s beef and pork ragout, pasta, grated parmesan and Italian herbs; roast chicken thighs, white bean and spinach casserole, braised tomatoes and basil; and roast cauliflower tagine, chickpeas, spinach, natural yogurt and coriander lead – all served with homemade garlic bread.

The initiative is being funded by a local couple – who prefer to remain anonymous – living in Honley. As well as assisting NHS staff, it’s hoped this will also enable the team to survive during incredible difficult times.

Chefs will be locally sourcing their menu ingredients and utilising Yorkshire-based food suppliers such as Atkinsons Butchers in Holmfirth, Roger’s Bakery in Marsden, CJ Fresh Foods in Honley, Birkby Cheese Company in Huddersfield, and Wilson Fruit and Veg in Huddersfield.

NHS staff are invited to complete an online registration form to receive a link to make their menu selection, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wayne Roddis, Punch Bar and Tapas co-owner and chef said:
“We’re keen to show our gratitude to all the doctors, nurses and NHS staff working so hard to combat the Coronavirus outbreak.

“We hope that, by offering fresh, homemade meals for these staff members – and their families – that we can make such difficult days a little bit easier.”

Commenting on the scheme, MP for Colne Valley, Jason McCartney, added:
“At this challenging time for all of us, it’s genuinely heart-warming to see a local couple partner up with Punch Bar and Tapas to provide for our wonderful NHS workers.

“It also helps to keep the Punch team busy in their kitchen at a time when the main restaurant has had to close to help combat the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.”