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Boardgame café adapts to COVID with home-delivered game nights

16 November 2020

Board Beans, a board-gaming café based on Witton Street in Northwich, is inviting customers to 'geek out to help out' with their new home-delivered rental service.

Having opened the business in April 2019, Betsy and Frazer Eden have developed a loyal following with people around the town with their café that allows visitors to try over 500 board-games, but the pandemic has forced them to adapt.

Betsy said: "Since we opened, we have seen so many changes.

"COVID has meant we have had to adapt quickly to all the changes this year.

"During the first lockdown we began operating on a monthly games rental basis as well as online game sales that we delivered to customers by hand and within COVID restrictions, allowing every game to be quarantined between use.

"When we re-opened as a café, we continued to quarantine games and made it as safe as possible with screens around each table, bar area, and a more accessible games library, enabling customers to access games more safely around others."

With the announcement of the new lockdown, the team decided to expand this service to include the refreshments normally served within the café.

"This time our games come with all the treats our customers enjoy in store, including cake, sweet and savoury snack pots and soft drinks," Betsy explained.

"We even have our own Eden ground Coffee Bean accompanied with a cafetiere, so people can enjoy the whole Board Beans experience at home.

"Each box costs £28 and customers get to keep the games for three nights.

"So far they have gone down so well, keeping us busy and ensuring our business survives during this difficult time.

"We honestly can’t thank our customers enough for their support.

"We love seeing them all, in and out of the cafe, and it feels like we are providing an important service in order to keep everyone's spirits up while we wait out this second lockdown until we can see everybody return to the cafe when we can.

"We are super proud of the café and feel like Northwich is proud to have us, the amount of people who are supporting us by ordering the boxes has been phenomenal."

Each 'Geek Out To Help Out' box contains three board games, which are kept for three nights, four hot drinks (to be prepared at home), four soft drinks, two pieces of cake, two packets of Pipers crisps and two snack pots (sweet or savoury).

For more information, see the Board Beans website.

(via Northwich Guardian)