Pubs and restaurants gearing up to welcome customers back inside

Hospitality businesses are preparing to start a new chapter as they once more welcome customers back inside.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 11:00 am
The Commissioners Quay Inn, Blyth. Picture by Tom Banks.

As part of the next phase of easing lockdown measures, venues will be able to welcome customers back inside from Monday, May 17.

Pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions can welcome customers inside while hotels and B&Bs can also reopen.

Entertainment venues, including cinemas and bingo halls, are also preparing for the return of visitors.

It may also come as a relief to those venues which have been able to open outdoors since April 12 given the mixed weather over recent weeks.

Visitors will notice a number of changes, with venues introducing Covid-secure measures inline with Government advice.

Pub and restaurant bosses say there is a buzz around the industry as they can finally welcome people back inside.

Among those is The Commissioners Quay, in Blyth, which is run by The Inn Collection Group.

Paul Brown, operations manager for The Inn Collection Group’s Northumberland pubs, cannot wait for May 17.

He said: “After such an incomprehensibly long period of closure following lockdowns and tier closures, we just can’t wait to open our doors again on Monday – from the comments and correspondence from our customers they are feeling exactly the same!

"There’s a real buzz as our teams are making the final preparations.

"The last year has been devastating for the sector and we’re looking forward to putting that behind us and starting a new chapter and doing what we do best – that’s giving our customers amazing places to eat, drink, sleep and explore from in some of the best locations the country has to offer.

"It’s what we love to do.

"Though the inns themselves have been closed, its been all hands to the pump literally with investments, refurbishments and upgrades to our inn environments – inside and out and updating out Covid-secure measures so we are all ready for people to enjoy secure environments with social distancing, enhanced cleanliness regimes, new online table bookings and table service – but still the same warm welcome, great food, drinks and service our inns are known and loved for.

"We can’t wait to reopen once again and see our inns return to life once more.”