Alfred visits three Shaftesbury pubs to see how staff are preparing for reopening for outdoor drinking and dining.
Unlike during earlier restrictions, pubgoers won’t need to order food at The Mitre, The Ye Olde Two Brewers or The Half Moon, although booking may be advisable.
Chris and John Henson-Ball of The Ye Olde Two Brewers have spent lockdown creating an attractive outdoor drinking and dining space, with enough capacity to cater for customers until inside drinking and dining restarts.
Jana Hackova, manager of The Mitre Inn, says her bookings suggest that, ‘people can’t wait to get out’. She has extended the covered area at the back of the pub.
Nina Bartlett says she is ‘relieved just to get the doors open’, at The Half Moon Inn. She has added a marque to the beer garden. Nina explains why she won’t reopen until Thursday.
The fourth Shaftesbury pub opening tomorrow is the Ship Inn. Landlady Bex Moody suggests that customers bring a brolly and a blanket!