Many pubs are using takeaway food options as a way to help keep their business going throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

One of those is The Kings Head in Ashford, Kent, who decided to open up their pizza shed and produced a takeaway menu to enable customers to collect food to take home.

Among the options for takeaway food are burgers, sausages and mash and shepherd's pie.

Alongside that initiative, the pub is also offering 20 per cent off for people who dine in the pub in a bid to drive more customers as many people choose to stay at home.

Director Scott Richardson said: "We didn't want all the stock to be sitting there. It's inevitable that there will be a lock down so we are trying to get people in the pub.

"We are getting people email us who are isolated who want to order takeaway food.

"We are also selling vouchers to people so they can spend it later for when we hopefully get back on our feet."

The pub had 150 people booked in to enjoy a meal on Mother's Day but that number has now dropped to 60 as many people decided to cancel their plans for fear of contracting the virus.

"There are a lot of people who can't come out," Scott added.

"But we have got some people who say they aren't staying in yet. The response has been amazing.

"It's really hard. We are trying to get people in so we can pay the staff. The part-timers are gone. The full time staff are here this week but we have to cut that down to half so everybody is getting something. It's an immensely difficult time.

"But it isn't just us. Everyone is trying to help each other."