“I’m nervous and excited to get back to work.” UK pubs and restaurants prepare to open indoors

As indoor dining opens in the UK on the 17th May, I found out what staff and customers at the Morning Star think about opening after nearly a year out of full-time work.

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The Morning Star, located on Manchester Road in between Swinton and Walkden is part of the Joseph Holt pub establishment. A community favourite pub ‘The Star’ is split into a dining area, with a snug in the opening, and a vault, which is predominantly for drinks.

Throughout COVID-19, this red brick pub-that dates back to 1890, had to primarily remain closed. It survived multiple lockdowns, however being located in Manchester, again had to remain closed at Christmas time as it was in a tier 3 area.

Mia Patterson,19, talked about her time working as a waitress during COVID and going back to part time work. Having worked at the Morning Star for nearly 3 years Mia told me how it was difficult not being in work for so long.

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She continued to say: “I’m a bit nervous to go back to work, but I am excited to see everyone again, as you get to know all the regulars.”

“But because I’ve not worked properly for a year, I’m nervous as it’s going to be hard to get back into it.”

The Joseph Holt’s eatery was last open at the start of November, so locals will be flocking to the pub for its classics like Cheese and Onion pie and Wexford Chicken. The menu has offers such as 2 for £13 all day Monday to Saturday, or Fridays Fish and Chips and a drink for £8.50.

Here’s what to expect as indoor dining re-opens:

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At the Morning Star this will be no different, customers can expect table service; disposable menus and sauce sachets; staff wearing masks and sanitisation stations.

Customers are eager to get back to pubs.

Darren Thorpe, 40, talked about how he can’t wait to get back to normality and all the good times, being able to meet friends, socialise and drink some beer.

He carried on to say: “ I feel sorry for pubs not opening, I think they’ve lost out a hell of a lot. Some pubs have ended up closing because of it.”

“ I’ll absolutely be at the Morning Star when the doors open.”

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The past year has been extremely difficult for the hospitality industry, with this sector being very fast to close when COVID figures increased. Establishments nationally closed partially and some even for good, however those that stayed open are hoping for a summer full of business.

The Morning Star is in a great location and is surrounded by other pubs such as The Red Lion Stonehouse Carvery and the Moorside Farm:

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With restrictions being lifted and vaccinations figures increasing daily, let us hope that the road back to normality is long, and full of great pub grub.

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