We meet with Andi the landlady from the Feathers in Laleham. A visionary landlady who saw the potential with the Sittingsuits very early on. In fact the first pub in the UK to begin offering Sittingsuits to her customers.
Like most of us covid has had a major impact on her business. However if you ever get to meet her in person, you will find a woman of incredible strength, resilience and someone who doesn’t give up but adapts with speed. She is a joy to be around and plenty of laughter was had during the conversation now shared.
How did the covid restrictions affect your pub?
To be honest it has not been easy, trade is down 50% as customers are hesitant to go to the pub. However with all the measures we are putting in place, the pub is probably the safest place to be. We sanitise, take temperature on everyone who enters and ensure social distancing.
What did you think when you first heard of Sittingsuits?
To be perfectly honest I thought they were ridiculous (“okay that stung slightly”).... until I sat in one on a rainy afternoon in the beer garden (“phew we are happy again”). Trying them on totally changed my mind so cosy and warm. I saw the potential.
What reservations did you have about Sittingsuits?
The covid concern was the main one that immediately crossed my mind. However once I tried washing them and I realised that they do in fact dry in just 15 minutes it allayed my fears. We bought a fair amount of Sittingsuits so we can easily rotate them while washing the used ones.
What made you buy Sittingsuits for your pub?