Minibus aims to to keep pub trade alive

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A minibus scheme has been set up by neighbouring pubs around Evesham in a bid to keep trade alive, reports the Evesham Journal. Four pubs have joined forces to provide minibus trips which will allow customers to travel between each venue. Proprietor of one of the pubs Tom Cumberland said that collaborating together is the best way to ensure their survival: “Each venue is very different, and that is the attraction. What we want to do is give people very different experiences depending on what they want.”

Fellow publican Tom Doggett said so far it had been a hit with 42 people using the minibus on one evening. “We have absolutely benefitted from it,” he said. “We get customers who wouldn’t have visited us and our customers are visiting other venues. Customers who may not have come into town to see us can, and it is such a nice thing as people are also talking about it.”

The service is operated by Cliff Minibuses and runs from 1700 to 2200hrs on Friday nights, costing £5 for unlimited journeys.