Pubs in Croxley have been offered a glimmer of hope after the government announcement that outdoor hospitality can reopen from April 12.
This means that from this date friends and family of up to six people or two different households can come together and return to a bit of normality.
Jason Keen, owner of The Artichoke, previously expressed his frustration after he was forced to shut the pub almost overnight at Christmas time.
Speaking to CroxleyNews since, Jason is feeling a lot more positive said that ultimately the team are just over the moon to welcome back a host of familiar faces and provide the best experience possible.
He said: “As a business we are just really excited to see people, in the hospitality industry we just want to see people, we don’t want to be shut away.
“We can’t wait for people to come back and experience that hospitality experience, not people serving them at arm’s length, we all know the rules now and have been doing that for ages.
“Great food, great drink brought to your table by people who really want to do it.”
Jason also said that it is time to start looking forward to the future and getting things back to normal.
He said: “I think we need to look forward maybe instead of looking back. The secret and the way out is the vaccine to everything back to normal.
“When we open in April we are going to take our responsibility to keep customers safe seriously. We just encourage everyone to do as their told and just enjoy ourselves.
The Artichoke will be reopening its outdoor dining area from April 15.