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Lancs pub’s greenhouse-style dining pods ahead of reopening

Written by on June 17, 2020

One Lancashire pub has been inspired from our European friends on the continent when it comes to socially-distanced dining.

The Cartforth Inn at Little Eccleston in the borough of Wyre looks set to install greenhouse-style dining huts on its grounds as a way to welcome guests back once it can reopen.

The hospitality industry is hoping to be able to pull up the shutters on July 4 – though restaurants and hotels are still waiting for an official announcement by the Government.

The pub has taken inspiration from the Amsterdam arts centre Mediamatic.

In early June, the centre opened a row of ‘quarantine greenhouses’ in which people can enjoy distanced dining by the waterside.

Bookings will also be available soon, reports our sister title the Manchester Evening News.

A post to Twitter from a member of the pub’s team said: “Inspired by Amsterdam!

“What I originally thought was hideous, I am now looking forward to opening them soon.

“Not in situ yet, but ideal for the more vulnerable guests.

“We will be taking bookings very soon.”

Each of the glass houses will have room for four diners when they guests can finally head out to eat and drink once again.

Tourism board Visit Lancashire praised saying the Cartford Arms was “making the absolute best of a bad situation”.

The hospitality industry is hoping to see a reduction in the current two metre distancing measure.

This is double the distance recommended by the WHO and observed across much of Europe.

Boris Johnson has strongly hinted the rule could change help revive the economy as figures showed the carnage already caused by coronavirus in the jobs market.

The Prime Minister said “watch this space” in response to pressure to ease the rule, which businesses including shops, bars and restaurants say limit their ability to reopen.

Mr Johnson also said there was a “chink of light” in the battle against coronavirus as a study of the cheap, widely-available steroid dexamethasone indicated lifesaving results among some of the most seriously ill Covid-19 patients.

The need for action to support the economy was underlined by official figures which showed a sharp drop in the number of paid employees – down by 2.1% or 612,000 in May compared with March – and a huge increase in benefit claims.