The inaugural Friendship Lunch at the Durham Ox pub, Crayke, was hailed an immediate success with over sixty people turning out for good food and good company – with the next event already booked.
The monthly get-together – launched to raise awareness of the issue of social isolation in the local community – saw people from local towns and villages tucking into everything from bowls of soup and homemade bread to the pub’s famous fish and chips.
The next Friendship Lunch is planned for Wednesday, March 11 at noon.
Durham Ox owner Michael Ibbotson said he had been overwhelmed and humbled by the turn out to the lunch.
“The Friendship Lunch was absolutely everything we hoped it would be. People shared tables and experiences, the Ox was full of chatter and the atmosphere was buzzing and the feedback was amazingly positive,” he said.
“And we know that for sure as so many people have already booked for the next one!”