Pub’s delight at being back open for business

As part of the Government’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions roadmap, many ‘non-essential’ shops, gyms and hairdressers re-opened on Monday.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:59 am
Sails in the beer garden at The Foresters Arms in West Sleekburn.

Pubs and restaurants can now serve food and drinks to customers outside and this number includes The Foresters Arms in West Sleekburn.

James Rose, who runs the pub, said on Monday late afternoon: “Today has been a very good day so far.

“As well as many of our regulars, we’ve had quite a few people come along who we see now and again when we’re open.

“Our customers have respected the rules and beer sales so far have been better than expected.

“We were originally going to use tarpaulin, but we then came across what are known as sails and we’ve put them up instead outside to create a continental beer garden atmosphere.

“We have speakers on the wall playing music at a reasonable sound level and a small fence to provide shade when it is sunny – all part of our efforts to look after our customers.”

If the roadmap progresses as planned, pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors from May 17.

Also on this date, people will be able to meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors, six people or two households will be able to meet indoors, domestic overnight stays will be allowed with people not in your household or bubble, outdoor venues like outdoor theatres and cinemas will be able to open and indoor venues such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas will be able to open.