Plymouth restaurant pimps out its courtyard ahead of reopening

A popular Plymouth eatery is in the process of refurbishing its courtyard ahead of the next round of restriction easing on April 12, when pubs and restaurants will be able to welcome customers back to outdoor areas.

From April 12, pubs which do not currently have beer gardens or roof gardens will be allowed to put tables and chairs in car parks, on pavements or in gazebos and marquees which can all be done without planning permission.

And there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol as were the rules the last time pubs were allowed to reopen, and there will be no curfew – although customers must order, eat and drink while seated, the roadmap says.

Salumi Bar & Eatery is the sister restaurant of Rock Salt Cafe here in Plymouth, an award-winning, family run cafe and brasserie serving delicious food in the heart of Stonehouse.

Salumi is based in the Millbay area of Plymouth, within walking distance of the city centre, the Hoe and Barbican, and right on the doorstep of the brand-new Boulevard.

As restrictions are set to ease from April 12, allowing pubs and restaurants to welcome customers back to outdoor spaces – adding a whole new meaning to ‘eating out’ – Dave Jenkins, the owner of Salumi, has been pimping out the outdoor area ready for the return of customers.

The snazzy courtyard features a number of florescent painted tables, a cover overhead to protect in the case of rain, as well as a heater to keep people warm as they dine and drink.

Dave Jenkins, the chef and owner of Salumi said: “We are working hard on this fantastic space to eat, drink and enjoy all the things we have been missing out on.

Salumi Bar & Eatery is based in the Millbay area of Plymouth
Salumi Bar & Eatery is based in the Millbay area of Plymouth
(Image: Dave Jenkins/Salumi Bar & Eatery)

“Outdoor covered dining launches on 12 April!”

Salumi isn’t the only venue opening up its outdoor space from April 12 in Plymouth, the Elburton Inn will be welcoming people to its ‘festival-style’ space.

The popular Plymstock pub has decided to “think outside the box” and has decided to turn its entire car park into a beer garden to give it a festival feel.

The Elburton Inn, a modern and cosy pub on Elburton Road will be decking their car park out with pallet tables and even outdoor speakers as they look forward to welcoming back their customers from April 12.

Tom Hunt, who has been a manager at the Elburton Inn for four years, says he can’t wait to get the pub open again.

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“We’re in the process of getting things together. We’re going to do pallet tables like a festival style,” he said. “There’s no point spending too much because within five weeks we’ll be moving inside. We thought we’d think outside the box.

“We’ve got some outside speakers as well just to bring a bit of atmosphere. As long as the weather holds up I think it’ll be good.”

The Three Crowns on The Barbican is preparing to welcome us back with more than just a fresh coat of paint.

The waterfront pub has been transformed into a ‘boutique B&B’ and will offer à la carte dining along with a fabulous cocktail bar.

More importantly, it now has the capacity to seat 40 people outdoors in a suntrap courtyard, equipped with 60 inch weatherproof TV.

40-year-old landlord John Allen and the team have been had at work this year. While their front door was closed to the public, their kitchen was wide open for business.

Name a better place to have a beer than the Barbican?
(Image: Matt gilley/PlymouthLive)

Sirloin of beef or glazed gammon, hearty stew, cottage pie and other pub favourites are available at the same quality you’ll find indoors. It seems to be working.

Roadmap step two – April 12

Non-essential shops, personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings such as libraries and museums, will all reopen.

Most outdoor attractions and settings can also reopen including pubs and restaurants and cafes, zoos and theme parks. But only the outdoor areas such as beer gardens and terraces. It’ll be table service only but takeaway pints are also allowed.

Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings. You won’t be able to have indoor mixing between households. So in hairdresser, a library or a museum for example, you can only go with members of your own household.

Indoor leisure – gyms, spas and swimming pools – will also reopen but once again, only for people going on their own or with their own household. Saunas and steam rooms cannot open at this stage.

Outdoor gatherings will be in line with the March 29 rules on social contact. So two households or Rule of 6 when meeting friends in a beer garden.

The government is not going back to the need to order a substantial meal with alcohol – and no curfews either. The ‘Scotch egg’ rule is dead.

Self-contained accommodation – campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities not shared with other households – can also reopen. People stay in a self catering cottage but only with their own household. Foreign holidays will still be banned.

Funerals can continue with up to 30 people as currently. For wedding ceremonies and receptions and commemorative events the number rises from 6 to 15. Driving lessons can resume.

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