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20th Dec 2021

How to support your local hospitality business following the latest round of restrictions

Fiona Frawley

interior of a cafe with seats, colourful walls and plants

 Working in hospitality over the Christmas period can be difficult during the best of years, but 2021 brings with it a whole set of uniquely challenging circumstances.

Since late November, restaurants and bars across the country have experienced mass cancellation of Christmas parties and get togethers, a cap on numbers for reservations and most recently, the 8pm closing time which comes into effect today. 

In the wake of all of this, you might be wondering how to support your favourite local restaurant or bar as they work around new restrictions during what would usually be their busiest time of year. We’ve compiled an easy list of ways to do so, for anyone that way inclined.

Pop in

An obvious one maybe, but if you’re in a position to still visit your local for a meal or few drinks, do so! Ireland’s pubs and restaurants have worked hard to implement social distancing measures, contact tracing and heightened cleaning regimes, and there’s always the option to wrap up and sit at an outdoor table too. Obviously, this isn’t an option for everyone but fear not, there are loads of other ways to support.


If you’re thinking ahead to the epic meal you’ll have in January/February, or wondering what to get a loved one for Christmas, a voucher for your favourite bar or restaurant is always a good shout. Plus, it’s an extra bit of support during what would usually be their busy time, so everybody wins.

Dinner Kits

Here we go again.

The latest round of restrictions means for many of us a return to attempting to create our favourite restaurant meals at home. Keep an eye on your locals social media to see if they’re offering meal kits or special takeaway services over the next few weeks.

Buying merch and retail bits

There are so many restaurants and pubs across Ireland selling gorgeous clothing, beanies and tote bags, or with retail walls full of delicious wines, speciality sauces and other foodie bits that make for great Christmas presents. Wearing the merch also doubles as marketing for your favourite hospitality spot, so you can’t really go wrong.

Leaving positive reviews

In an age where much of our lives is lived online, positive reviews are a huge boost for your favourite local bar or restaurant. Leaving great reviews can help to make your local more searchable online, and encourage others to check them out for the first time.

Be sound

Even during a regular festive period, being sound and patient with hospitality staff is hugely appreciated. At the moment, many places are short staffed due to covid and those working are often in the firing line for backlash regarding restrictions. Hospitality staff are doing their absolute best during an increasingly difficult time so be patient, understanding and if you’re in a position to do so, tip generously. It’s Christmas after all.

Any other great ways to support your favourite local restaurant or bar? Let us know, we’d love to add them.

Header image via Instagram/ohkcafe

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