Doncaster's out of town pubs busy as drinkers return after lockdown

Doncaster’s out of town pubs have reported a busy first day with drinkers flocking back for a pint after the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 4:29 pm

Town centre pubs have been busy – but village hostelries have also proved popular, with out of town venues enjoying brisk trade.

From today, pubs, restaurants and cafes across England have been allowed to re-open – but can only serve customers outside.

In recent weeks, many Doncaster town centre pubs have been adapting their premises to allow outdoor table service.

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A busy beer garden at the Hatfield Chace.

Many pubs have introduced a booking system – and many have been innudated with customers keen to raise a pint to their lips for the first time in months.

Among those busy on the first day of trading were the Hatfield Chace in Hatfield and The Wheatley Hotel, where drinkers could be seen enjoying a few beers in the large beer garden at the rear of the landmark pub.

Many other pubs have reported busy beer gardens, with queues also developing outside stores such as Primark as well as hair salons.

Rules for pubs and restaurants from 12 April

Only venues with outdoor seating may open – you cannot sit inside

All venues must be table service only – no ordering at the bar

Groups must abide by the Rule of Six

Everyone must either check in using the NHS Covid app or provide their contact details (previously only one group member had to do this)

You must wear a face covering when going inside to use the bathroom, unless you are exempt