Celebrity Jodie Kidd works surprise bar shift at East Dean pub

Regulars at an East Dean pub may have been surprised to see a familiar face pulling pints behind the bar.

Jodie Kidd

Supermodel Jodie Kidd, who runs her own pub in Kirdford, carried out a guest bar shift for The Star and Garter Pub.

It came after pub won a competition, run buy Tyrrells Hand Cooked English Crisps to reward hardworking landlords and ‘celebrate the extra mile that British locals went to this year’.

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Research by the crisp company found that at least a third of British pubs took an active role in community effort to fight COVID-19.

Jodie Kidd at The Star and Garter Pub with Thomas Giles Babb

Their survey found that 15 per cent of respondents said their local pub had helped to organise food deliveries to the vulnerable, while one in 10 (12 per cent) said their local had fed key workers, supported elderly residents (11 per cent) and provided meals for children not at school (nine per cent).

Jodie, who owns The Half Moon pub, said: “As a pub owner myself, I know many landlords who have suffered from being closed during lockdown.

“I also know first-hand how important pubs are to the local community.

“It was my pleasure to join Tyrrells on this campaign to support the Great British pub, and to get to travel around the country to meet the landlords and locals who’ve gone above and beyond to support their local communities over the last few months.

“After all, nothing is as quintessentially British as having a drink in your local pub.

“British pubs are an institution and it’s hugely important we help support them in whatever way we can so they can get back on their feet after this challenging period.”

Thomas Giles Babb, owner of The Star and Garter pub, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to win the Tyrrells competition and have Jodie work behind the bar at the Star & Garter.

“Jodie is a fantastic advocate for the British pub and knows first-hand how challenging the trade is without the added complication of Covid restrictions.

“Being a local lass I am sure we will see a lot more of Jodie on the other side of the bar whenever she’s visiting Goodwood!”