A book of stamps, a packet of Manila envelopes and a pint of beer please!
With the lockdown of bars and pubs – including the Old Fields public house just yards away – the owners of Southfields Food and Wine are selling pints of draught beer.
A post office in South-West London has transformed itself into a lockdown pub
‘We’ve been open for three weeks and the beer is selling very well. It’s been especially busy at the weekends,’ the owner said when The Mail on Sunday visited last week.
Pulled from two pumps behind the counter, a pint of Wimbledon Common lager, priced at £3.95, is cheaper than most pubs. But there is no chance of propping up the counter to drink it.
Under strict licensing laws, customers cannot consume the beer inside the store.
Covid-19 rules say that ‘businesses can continue to provide alcohol for consumption off the premises’ that ‘must be pre-ordered and must be collected without entering the premises’.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: ‘Enforcement of these rules is a matter for the local council and police.’