The Lightbox and Bean Around cafés in the city centre will both start welcoming customers from that Saturday, although restrictions will be in place.
Gareth Norman of Bean Around café said: “Yes, we are looking forward to opening on July 4. But I am awaiting final details. We will reduce the number of tables and chairs inside to keep with the social distancing. I am not sure yet if we can offer toilet facility for customers.
“We are hoping it to see a version of ‘back to normal’ from Saturday, July 4, but it might be a slow pickup.
“We have been open for takeaway coffee for the last six weeks. It hasn’t been the busiest probably because shops are not open yet, so, we are anticipating a slow start. When we re-open we will continue to serve in disposable cups to minimise physical contact.
“Also, we haven’t heard much in detail about the outdoor seating plans of the council. But personally, I don’t know how feasible it will be in the long run as it will be an expensive investment.
“We will take each day as it comes.”
Lightbox café re-opened during the lockdown to offer takeaway afternoon teas and cakes. The management is now looking forward to welcoming customers inside their newly-moved premises on Bridge Street from July 4.
Popular Caribbean bar and food place Turtle Bay, in Cathedral Square, has announced it iss re-opening and taking booking for July 4 onwards.
Vegan fans might have to wait slightly longer. Vegan restaurant When Polly Met Fergie, at the Westgate Arcade is also getting ready to open its doors once again.
However. It hasn’t decided on a date yet, but assured fans it is working towards it.
If you are planning to have a curry night at the Gurkha Lounge, booking is key. The restaurant offering Indian and Nepalese cuisine in Hampton has announced a return of dining-in service. However, it will be operating on a time slot basis with restricted customers.
For a bit of hog roast and beer, you can head to House of Feasts in Eye, which specialises in Polish cuisine. Chef Damian Wawrzyniak is welcoming customers back to his restaurant as he opened the booking system for July 4 and onwards.
Earlier in the week, the team behind the House of Feasts also set up a stylish kiosk on Bridge Street, serving Polish treats.
The openings come as Boris Johnson announced and end to ‘long, national hibernation, while relaxing the two-metre rule, giving hospitality sector a green light to re-open from July 4.
More venues from the hospitality sector will be announcing their re-opening dates in the coming weeks.
Members of public has been urged to keep a social distance of one-metre plus, to reduce the risk of transmission.