PUBS and restaurants have given their immediate reaction to the announcement of the roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that, providing key tests were met, outdoor hospitality would open from April 12.

A full reopening for hospitality venues is earmarked for May 17.

Here is how some restaurants and pubs in St Helens have reacted on social media.

  • The Dean

"WE'RE BACK!! - for BOTTOMLESS PROSECCO & Casual Drinks 🎉

Boris has finally announced what is happening... we can't wait to see you all! We are having a slight issue with the system, we will update our page tomorrow to notify you once it’s resolved.

We'll open our doors from 16th April - open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Our POPULAR Bottomless Prosecco deal will be served in our OUTDOOR seating area. We're even having OUTDOOR HEATING

Just £35pp for TWO Courses & UNLIMITED Prosecco for 90 minutes!

You can enjoy our deal from 12pm, with the last sitting at 6pm.

We can only accept online bookings for The Dean at"

Meanwhile, the upcoming Smokehouse by The Dean has announced its opening date in response to the news.


Boris has finally announced what is happening.. phew 😰!

12th April: We'll open for OUTDOOR eating ONLY. We've got a beautiful awning, and outdoor seating being installed across Barrow Street.

19th May: We'll be open for INDOOR and OUTDOOR.

Our menu is pretty much finalised on social media, some changes may be made but we will of course post this when we can!

We are accepting PHONE 01744 362566 bookings, and reservations via Messenger!"

  • La Casa Vieja

The Spanish restaurant in the town centre has said there is still too much uncertainty to take bookings yet. It hopes to reopen in late May or early June and will continue its takeaway service.

"We have received messages today regarding taking bookings for the end of May.

We apologise as We cannot take any bookings as of yet, with how things have changed during this year there is just to much uncertainty. We will not be planning to re-open until we know 100% we are able to safely do so and with full knowledge of any restrictions that may be in place including how many people we can book.

We whole heartedly hope we can Re-open around the end of may/June but until then we will remain delivering takeaways.

We will keep everyone posted!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support, we honestly can't wait to open our doors again to our wonderful customers and friends the good news is we will be open for summer ❤


  • Eccleston Arms

"Finally some good news from Boris, here's some more from us!

Introducing the newest boutique bathroom, in the Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group.

We are hoping with the news today that we will be able to take bookings for the hotel from the 17th of May 2021, this is reliant on all lockdown restrictions being lifted from the hospitality sector.

We hope that we will be able to welcome you soon when it's safe, maybe for a lovely drink and a catch up outside. Watch out on our socials for updates as we get closer to the time."

  • The Golden Lion, Rainford

The Golden Lion pub, which has relaunched a week before closing for the first national lockdown in March 2020, confirmed it will open its outside beer garden from April 12.

"Hopefully this weather continues through April!

48days 6hrs 54minutes

We miss you!"