Greene King has announced it is beginning to rollout a takeaway offering to its customers in a bid to provide traditional pub meals for people who are social distancing due to coronavirus.

The rollout of the takeaway service will start with 50 Greene King and Hungry Horse pubs by the end of the week and the intention is to increase to 500 over the coming weeks.

The takeaway menu will include favourite pub classics such as fish and chips, steak and ale pie, burger and chips, as well as a range of bottled beer, wine and soft drinks.

Nick Mackenzie, CEO at Greene King, said: "Providing our locals with a pub food takeaway service has been in the plan for a while but we've accelerated it due to the impact coronavirus is having on our local communities.

"Our pubs are at the heart of the local community and we are continuing to look at other ways we can support communities during the current crisis."

Greene King already offers delivery in its Loch Fyne restaurants, Metropolitan Pub Company pubs and some of its London based pubs. The firm will be looking into how this might be rolled out further.