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7 pubs hoping to welcome customers back on April 12

Getting back to the pub has been a priority for many as lockdown has gone on (and on) - but which pubs are planning on getting outdoor seating ready, come rain or shine? Here are seven that have expressed their hope to be back on social media:
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The Ostrich Inn, in North Street, is one of the pubs sharing its reopening plans on social media (Photo: Charlotte Moore)

Last Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out a map to leave lockdown that offered hope of pubs and restaurants returning on April 12, albeit outdoors only.

Plenty of venues in Peterborough have begun plans to welcome customers back - here are seven we found.

City centre pubs sharing their plans include Charters, as previously reported, and The Ostrich Inn.

The Ostrich Inn is ready to show off its "completely refurbished and extended, sheltered beer garden". It will also be open on April 12, with a seven day opening planned. Live music is set to return from May 20, with some of the acoustic evening acts already confirmed.

End of lockdown-02680Charters beer garden from Town Bridge By Martyn Moore

Meanwhile, Charters promises a "sizzling" summer with the reopening of its beer garden from April 12, adding that the 2021 events calendar is being organised to make the most of the spring and summer.

woolpackThe Woolpack, in Stanground. By Google Maps

The Woolpack, in Stanground, also took to social media after the Prime Minister's speech. The statement from the team read: "All being well we'll be flinging the doors open (well, the gates to the garden) to you all on Monday April 12 and we can't wait.

"Over the next 7 weeks we'll be getting the garden straight, cleaning and planning some great events for you."

whittle-wayThe Whittle Way, in Central Square. By Google Maps

The Whittle Way, in Central Square, kept it simple with a Facebook post saying: "April 12, see you there."

blue-bell-werringtonThe Blue Bell, Werrington. By Google Maps

In Werrington, the owners of the Blue Bell wrote a tongue-in-cheek letter to Boris Johnson asking: "Dear Boris,

"Thank you for the update on reopening. I just wondered if you could let us know what the weather will be doing every day from 12th April to 17th May please?

"It would help with stock ordering and staff rosters!"

Regulars responded that they'd be there, rain or shine. What else are umbrellas for?

windmillThe Windmill By Google Maps

While The Windmill in Orton Waterville hasn't confirmed its exact plans, the team did hop onto Facebook to share some shots of the beer garden, adding: "So we all can't wait until we enjoy the great outdoors very soon... fingers crossed April will be glorious and our beer gardens will be ready for us all to enjoy.

"We really appreciate all the support our lovely guests have given us and continue to do so by supporting our takeaway whilst we are in lockdown."

papermillsThe Paper Mills By Google Maps

The Paper Mills, in Wansford, was more decisive about its plans, taking to social media to confirm that - all being well with the government's roadmap plans - it will be opening on April 12, trading from 11.45am until 11pm.

A statement from the owners read: "We are delighted to confirm we will be open outdoors only for the sale of food and drinks.

"Our garden is in fine condition, sanitised completely and ready for your visit. There is additional head cover and patio heating in selected areas to ensure you have the most enjoyable and comfortable time."

It was also confirmed by the owners that they are ready to resume indoor service from May 17 - once again, assuming that the lifting of lockdown has gone to plan.