Wellingborough restaurant sending out good vibes as well as takeaways

The Caribbean restaurant loves to make customers smile and this hasn't stopped during Covid-19

A Wellingborough restaurant is sending out good vibes with every takeaway ordered during lockdown.

June Plum has been trading in Wellingborough for seven years, originally starting out in a trailer on a retail park before moving into premises in Cambridge Street.

It prides itself on customers feeling the good vibes when they visit the restaurant and while they can't currently serve in-house, they are hoping to send out some positivity with every order.

Some of the food on offer from June Plum in Wellingborough

Despite having to close the restaurant and fearing she could lose everything she'd worked for, Jodi Jenny started focusing on takeaways and made everything contactless for the safety of customers and staff.

It has been non-stop ever since and Jodi can't thank her customers enough.

She said: "People have been so supportive, we are getting orders from all over the place and it's allowed me to think of a way to deliver to the whole county rather than just keeping it local.

"We have been doing deliveries to Raunds and we've had requests from Towcester and Rothwell so it's about trying to implement new ways of delivering to new places even after we open because obviously there's a want for it.

June Plum in Wellingborough is busy serving takeaways during lockdown

"The support has just been overwhelming."

And the plan is to keep doing takeaways no matter how long lockdown lasts for.

Jodi said: "We are operating a pretty skeletal staff but we are making it work.

"The plan is to keep on doing it and then take the time as we need to and just keep on bringing the good vibes.

"My message for customers is a huge thank you.

"We have had some amazing support since this whole thing.

"Before we had great support but it's just felt like people are proper rooting for us and willing us along and wanting us to do really well.

"And it shows with people constantly ringing up and ordering."

Only about 30 per cent of Jodi's business before Covid-19 was takeaways, but she is relishing the change.

They are 'super proud' of being able to offer the entire menu with just one exception - lobster which is proving difficult to get.

Mac and cheese appears on most orders, with jerk chicken and curried goat continuing to be huge favourites among customers.

But it's not just about the food as Jodi has been putting lots of messages on social media, including videos to keep people's spirits up.

She said: "We started to do Tik Tok videos just to lighten the mood a little bit because everything felt so heavy.

"I really try to keep things light and positive, I love to make people laugh and to make people feel good so I am glad that you see that coming across on social media."

As well as the videos, Jodi has done a few drops to people's houses and given some meals away to help people during these tough times.

And the response has made it all worthwhile.

Jodi said: "It's been such a huge boost, the response that we've had.

"Huge thanks to the customers and to any potential new customers - the only thing I would say is don't be afraid to come and give us a try.

"Not all our food is spicy.

"A lot of people think Caribbean food is spicy but ours isn't.

"We make all our seasonings and sauces in-house so we control the spice levels a bit more.

"If you do want it spicy, we can kick it up a notch but we tend to keep things on the milder but flavoursome side and there's something for everyone."