A North Hertfordshire pub is giving NHS staff a half-price offer as a way of saying thank you to those working tirelessly amid the growing coronavirus outbreak.

The Fox and Duck in Therfield, a multi-award-winning gastropub, is offering 50 per cent off all food orders to customers on production of their photographic ID.

The discount, effective immediately, comes alongside of a range of steps being taken at the pub to combat the spread of coronavirus. These include asking all pubgoers to wash their hands upon arrival, urging advance booking to allow tables to be spread out accordingly and requesting payments by contactless where possible.

Landlord Ivan Titmuss said: “These really are unprecedented times and there are so many people working hard on the frontline in our hospitals and doctors’ surgeries that I just wanted to give a little something back to them.

“We pride ourselves on being an important community hub, so this is our way of saying thanks to our patrons, friends and neighbours who are doing everything to protect and support us.”

Mr Titmuss said the Government’s announcements about social distancing and staying away from pubs and restaurants was making the situation extremely tough for the hospitality industry.

He added: “There’s a lot of apprehension about coronavirus but until we’re forced to close, we’re trying to ensure it’s business as usual at The Fox and Duck.

“The health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is of course paramount and I’d like to assure everyone that we are taking all the precautions we can to keep everyone safe.”

The pub also intends to roll out a home delivery service for food and drink to residents of Therfield and Kelshall, starting next week.

For more information about The Fox and Duck, visit www.thefoxandduck.co.uk