Rod Stewart asks pub-goers to keep distance due to Covid

The 76-year-old was spotted at the Barge Inn in Battlesbridge with wife Penny on Sunday.

Rod Stewart asks pub-goers to keep distance due to Covid Ben Turner via SWNS

Rod Stewart was forced to ask pub-goers to keep their distance due to Covid fears as he popped into an Essex pub on Sunday.

Rod was joined by wife Penny at the Barge Inn for Sunday lunch, with the couple arriving in their white Bentley 4X4.

Several people approached Rod for autographs but he asked not to be crowded due to concerns over Covid, according to pub staff.

The 76-year-old donned a personalised football jacket from his son’s team Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, alongside his classic scruffy hair-do.

He ordered a pint of Brewers Gold ale and a spicy cajun chicken burger at the pub in Battlesbridge, around 45 minutes from his mansion home in Harlow.

Supervisor Chloe Guntrip, 25, said: “Rod and Penny were both really lovely.

“They sat down quite centrally in the pub and then everyone started to clock on to who they were.

“A couple of people were asking for autographs but he didn’t want to have people around because of Covid.”

Ms Guntrip said the couple ended up taking away their food after Rod received a phone call and announced they had to leave.

She said: “They had the drink and then took the food away.

“Penny actually left her cardigan on the seat so I had to run out and flag down their car as they were driving off.”