The illuminated stretch tent canopy over Watergate Yard, Sleaford. EMN-210603-140142001The illuminated stretch tent canopy over Watergate Yard, Sleaford. EMN-210603-140142001
The illuminated stretch tent canopy over Watergate Yard, Sleaford. EMN-210603-140142001

Lifting lockdown - 15 beer gardens Sleaford area people may be longing to revisit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his roadmap out of lockdown, providing the earliest dates when restrictions on parts of everyday life might be eased in a balancing act which will require infection rates not to rise too much.

One of the first milestones for many will be a date now nicknamed the ‘glorious twelfth’ when pubs and other hospitality establishments will be allowed to re-open for customers outdoors, with table service, socially distanced and sticking to the ‘rule of six’.

We have trawled social media and thanks to Facebook have come up with a gallery of local beer gardens that Sleaford area people may be longing to visit before too long - whether that be in April, or later when conditions allow. Not all pubs have yet announced exactly when they will be re-opening, due to individual circumstances.

On Facebook The Shoulder of Mutton declared: “The end is nigh...... April 12 it is. It may be outdoor only, but when did that stop us? ☀️We won’t even need big coats on .Can’t wait to see everyone again!”

The George Hotel in Leadenham added: “We’re coming out of hibernation! End of lockdown rockdown at The George Hotel. Finally. Light at the end of the tunnel. That means lights on the roof on April 17 when our favorite Indie band The Crooked and the Straight will be rocking the roof off the George Hotel courtyard with their edgy and original sound.

“Leadenham WaddyWaddy will be hitting the lockdown beat with their unique and original cover versions.

“Outside bar, table service, barbecue, fire pits, umbrellas, warm rugs and noisy Great Danes included.”

The Waggon and Horses at Caythorpe announced on Facebook: “We are delighted that we will be re-opening our outside bar and beer garden on April 12. We are very excited and looking forward to seeing everyone. We have our spring/summer 2021 menus ready. We will be doing Tapas Tuesday every Tuesday from April 20, reservations are now being taken. A full takeaway menu will also be available from April 12.

“We will be busy preparing for reopening now we’ve had this great news. We will then re-open inside the pub on May 17.

“We will keep everyone posted on all our live entertainment gigs from May 21 including bands, solo artists and karaoke that are coming up.

“Lots of exciting news to come soon!”

The Houblon Arms in Oasby was feeling optimistic too, with outdoor opening from April 12.

They said: “Hospitality is scheduled for reopening from April 12 which means that we can welcome you all back to our fabulous outdoor garden space!

“Keep up to date with our re-opening plans via our Facebook page and we are very much looking forward to seeing you all again soon!”

The Old Ship Inn in Pointon added: “Things are finally starting to look up. All being well, we’ll be open for outdoor trade in April. Let’s hope the sun shines!“

Tiamo Italian restaurant in Sleaford commented on the news: “The end is in sight!

“So following the latest Government announcement....our brains are working on overdrive.

“We have a lot to think about and planning to do so we can’t give out any more details at this time, however it’s so good to feel like we have a reason to do this planning now.

“We can’t wait to see you all and we will be releasing more information very shortly.

“Until then, take care and we can finally say.... we will see you soon.”