Doncaster women strive to support food businesses through a social media project started during lockdown

Three Doncaster women wanted to help the struggling hospitality industry so they started a food Instagram account which promotes and shares local cuisine – they have reviewed 100 businesses so far.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 9:50 am

Sarah Donnelly wanted to do something positive during lockdown but was unsure how she could make a big difference as she had two vulnerable family members at home.

Sarah, aged 38 from Bessacarr, said: “I wanted to be out there delivering meals or doing something on the front line.

“But my son has a heart condition and my partner has diabetes so we were shielding a lot.”

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The Yorkshire Food Review have reviewed around 100 Doncaster businesses.
The Yorkshire Food Review have reviewed around 100 Doncaster businesses.

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Together with her friends Rebecca Edwards and Laura Donnelly she started The Yorkshire Food Review.

A social media account that focuses on supporting Doncaster food businesses who may have taken a hit during the pandemic.

The three friends started the project in February, 2021.

The account started on Instagram with reviews of local restaurants who had switched to delivery only methods during lockdown.

“In the beginning we would all order items to our separate homes then take notes to combine them for the review,” she said.

“When venues started to open we ventured out but gosh it was cold.

“Hot water bottles were a must.”

Sarah believes that by sharing her thoughts on the meals on The Yorkshire Review that she is helping the Doncaster businesses get back on their feet.

“We always get a good response from the owners when we share the reviews,” Sarah continued.

“I definitely feel like I’m doing some good.”

The project started in February of this year and the three women have already managed to review 100 food businesses.

They have no plan to stop now and no matter what the pandemic restrictions may be they want to continue to support Doncaster businesses.

“We have been surprised by the amount of new food businesses popping up in town,” she said.

“Lots of trendy, funky cafes making Donny feel more cosmopolitan.

“I think we really need the lift and it makes it feel like the town is brightening up.”

To read the three women’s reviews you can follow The Yorkshire Food Review here.

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.