A shipping container converted into a village shop in a Dorset
pub has come to the rescue of its locals.

The Rose & Crown in Longburton has opened a village shop
called The Larder, in the pub’s car park. It offers a range of
essentials such as bread, meat, organic milk, fresh fruit,
vegetables as well as takeaway coffee.

The pub received a Community Services Fund grant of £3,000 from
Pub is The Hub to help to provide this essential shop, which will
save local people travelling three miles to the nearest town. Pub
is The Hub, is the not-for-profit organisation that helps pubs to
diversify with services for the local community.

Publicans Becky and John Gibbons, took over the running of the
pub four years ago.

The lockdown spurred the family to finish the shop project,
which became increasingly important during the pandemic.

The owners of the pub rallied to help vulnerable and shielding
customers by delivering takeaways and supplies.

Becky Gibbons said: “The village has an ageing population as
well as a lot of young families who need the support of a local

“When we were in lockdown we realised that we really needed
the shop in place to help those in the community.

“The locals love that we have opened a local amenity and have
been really supportive.â€

Pub is The Hub regional advisor Reg Clarke said: “This
converted shipping container really offers the wow factor for those
in the local area that need essential supplies.

“The Rose & Crown is a great village pub that really
offers everything to its local community. This development has
reinforced the pub as the hub of the village.â€

The Larder is open Monday to Friday 9am till 3pm and on 9am till
1 pm on Saturday’s.

The pub already has an outreach Post Office on site, which is
open on Friday afternoons.  It also offers breakfast and brunch
from 8am till 1pm from a converted rice trailer in the car

Editor’s notes

Pub is The Hub is a not-for-profit organisation initiated by HRH
the Prince of Wales in 2001 which offers independent specialist
advice on rural services diversification or community ownership of
pubs, so they can provide viable local services at the heart of the

With a proven track record of rural project development and
delivery over the last 19 years, Pub is The Hub has worked with
great licensees to open post offices, shops, libraries, cafes,
community cinemas, allotments, play areas and much more. Since
2013, the organisation has also been able to offer small grants
through its Community Services Fund.


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