Rank has announced preparations for a “Brexit menu” at its Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casino venues, relying solely on UK and non-continental ingredients should Britain suffer food shortages in the wake of a no deal.
The operator, which owns 150 casinos and bingo halls across the country, stated it has put together the reduced catering strategy as part of becoming as “prepared as it can be for a no-deal Brexit.”
“Our Brexit menu doesn’t rely on foodstuffs coming through ports from the continent,” said CEO John O’Reilly. “For example, the menu has drinks and all sorts of beers that are UK-brewed as opposed to coming from the continent.”
“We will all face those challenges of the difficulty getting fresh food produce into ports.”
Though food stocks may not prove a difficulty, the £600m firm added that finding people to serve it to customers may be problematic, with EU nationals representing 10,000 of its staff, and “slightly above” 25 percent of the group’s London workforce.
“The challenge is potentially after a no-deal Brexit they might not be able to stay in the UK,” added O’Reilly. “We are helping people to do what is necessary to get settled status if they want it.”