Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes are allowed to serve customers outside from April 12 as part of the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown.
However several pubs are hindered by their lack of beer garden space. They have been helped by simplified rules which allow them to serve customers in their car parks and terraces. They are also permitted to sell takeaway drinks. With people able to socialise outside as a group of six or as two households this could give a much needed spring boost to these businesses.
Rachel and Alex from The Victoria pub in Hornsea Market Place said: “we are very much looking forward to a drink or two with customers, it’s been a hard year and a hard take over for us here at The Victoria. We have been very busy since closing in November with lots of significant changes made. The last few weeks especially with the outside space. We have doubled the seating capacity, keeping it all safe. We look forward to welcoming and serving our customers and locals again and working together with them to get the trade back up and running.”
Meanwhile The Marine Hotel on Hornsea seafront has undergone a refurbishment of their outdoor space to include undercover seating, beach hut style outdoor booths and patio heaters. These complement their additional seafront beer garden.
Ryan Whitehead at The New Inn in Hornsea Market Place has also been busy expanding their outdoor seating area. Adding more undercover seating and giving the area a makeover ready for April 12.
Ricky and Darren from The Rose and Crown in Hornsea Market Place are also all on track to welcome customers back. They said: “We have three undercover areas. One is at the side of the pub which can seat 30 people, there’s one which we call the stables which can seat up to 20 people, and at the rear of the pub there is a new seating area which is very colourful and can seat 15 people. We also have a number of tables out in the open.
“We are very excited to be reopening soon and want to put our best foot forward. These areas will all be ready for opening on April 12.”
These complement other bars in the town with outdoor seating areas including Lucien’s, Med Mex and The Green Owl as well as a variety of cafes most of which have outdoor seating. Most village pubs will also reopen on April 12 with outdoor seating available. Pubs, restaurants and cafes will then be able to serve customers indoors from May 17, assuming the roadmap goes to plan, but with the ‘rule of six’ or two households inside still.