Huge surge in Cornwall restaurant bookings

Thousands are of people are booking up restaurants in advance, and Cornwall is already one of the most popular spots.

The flurry of bookings has left many people unable to get a spot at their favourite local for weeks,

In England’s roadmap out of lockdown, hospitality is allowed to serve customers outside from April 12.

With people keen to return to a sense of normality once again, bookings have reportedly gone ‘gangbusters’, with some places having twice as many reservations as when they reopened in July 2020.

Celebrity chef Rick Stein has said that there have already been 20,000 customers booking into restaurants in Cornwall in the last two weeks alone.

There have even been a few people who are booking the re-opening date off from work so that they can be the first one to enter their much-missed local pub once again, reports The Daily Mail.

The hospitality industry has been heavily affected by pandemic as they’ve had to close and re-open constantly throughout the year.

More than 660,000 jobs in the sector were lost in 2020 and a total of £71.8 billion were lost in sales in the industry.

In line with the government’s guidance, pubs, bars and restaurants have spent £900 million to ensure that their venues were covid-safe which enabled them to operate safely.

Queues outside The Imperial in Exeter

Some places even brought tents, tipis or outside heaters to keep customers warm over the winter season.

To make the most out of outside dining only for the time being, rules on being allowed to put tables on pavements have been relaxed.

Des Gunewardena, owner of D&D, which has 42 restaurants, said: ‘We are absolutely chocker. Some of our restaurants are full all the way through April and well into May.

‘We have got double the level of bookings already compared to when we reopened on Super Saturday last year – it’s way strong than we expected.’

Sharing a similar opinion, Clive Watson, chief executive of City Pub Group stated that it’s gone ‘gang busters’ with people eager to catch up with friends.

Andy Hornby, boss of Wagamamas and Frankie & Benny’s, said: ‘There is a real sense of pent-up demand and we have seen really strong interest in our beer gardens in particular.’

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Although there are many establishments that can re-open outside on April 12, some places don’t have the space to do so and will have to wait until May 17 to welcome back their guests inside.

This is not the only boost in bookings that industries have seen.

Again, from April 12 self-catering accommodation will be allowed once again which has resulted in brits keen to book their staycation after months of being unable to travel outside of their local area.

Cofton Holidays near Dawlish Warren has been inundated with booking enquiries and reported a staggering 182 per cent increase in online transactions.

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