An outdoor menu as alfresco dining and drinking returns to village pub
There will be pizzas and jacket potatoes - and the new look barbecue will be fired up - when The Golden Pheasant in the village of Etton, near Peterborough, welcomes customers back on April 12.
“Outdoor food to keep our customers happy until we can go inside on May 17,” said Stuart Johnson who runs the place with wife Kirstene.
The couple have been busy getting the outdoor areas ready for returning guests - and with the pub set in more than 2 acres that is quite a task.
“We have extended the barbecue area, built new flower beds, got through 100 litres of outdoor paint and revamped all the garden furniture - enough to seat around 170, explains Stuart, who will have spread several tonnes of gravel and installed a dozen laminated glass panels to act as windbreaks before opening day arrives.
And it is not just Stuart and Kirstene looking forward to the place reopening - they have already taken more than 40 bookings for April 12, and St George’s Day - April 23 - is fully booked.
And with happy customers likely to be sitting outside after the sun has gone down, the couple have invested in a huge collection of blankets to help keep them warm.