CUSTOMERS have bene enjoying their first indoor drinks and meals at pubs, restaurants and cafes across St Helens as the next phase of the easing of restrictions began.

Today, Monday, May 17, saw hospitality able to serve people inside again.

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Venues across St Helens are celebrating being able to welcome back customers.

Here is what some of them have been saying:

Turks Head

This has got to be the least Monday feeling Monday ever!!! It's finally time to welcome you lovely lot back inside ❤ 🥳 Here's your full line up of scrummy ales, which one is catching your eye first?? It's like asking you to choose your favourite child isn't it 🤣🤣 Slight change to opening and food times, we'll be flinging the doors open at 4pm (our sister pub the cowley is open from 12pm) and back to good old 1am close. Our full menu AND chefs specials available 4-8pm. Quick reminder that you need your masks on when not seated (unless exempt), no more than 6 to a table and everyone MUST sign in on entry 😀 We are NOT taking bookings.....see you very soon!!!

St Helens Star:

Cinema Bar

We're back baby, The one and only Cinema bar! ❤️🌟 Open from 4pm today, first come first serve. Walk ins all night, no bookings! Please see below for the current guidance we're operating by : 😷 - Please bring a mask for entrance and to move around the premises 6️⃣ - Rule of six to a table/group ⚠️ - All track and trace details will be taken or you can scan in at the QR code on entrance. We will need to see proof of check in. 🍹 - Table service only, no standing up or at the bar whilst drinking or ordering. ☑️ - Sanitisers, screens and enhanced cleaning are all in place for yours and our safety 🙏 - Please be patient with us coming out of this lockdown, there is 100+1 learning curves we all need to know and take on board. We pride ourselves on good service, so if we do anything that disappoints you please ask to speak to the manager. Any problem will happily be resolved. 🍻 - We are doing our very best to ensure your visit with us is safe and enjoyable. Let's work together to make things as smooth as possible. Please be kind and considerate, as these are not our rules, they are the law. ❤️ - That being said, we are excited and cannot wait to see you all again. So come and join us for the best cocktails and world beers in town! - P.s we aren't doing food yet at the moment, we want to focus on getting back up to speed. It will be back soon though, don't worry! 🥨🌭🇩🇪 .

Carr Mill

Raining? Who cares?! Back inside from 11am today and back to normal service times 🥳

You can book online for lunch today until 10am and for evening up until 4:30!

Plus we have the Warrington v Huddersfield at 7:45 on Sky

Stanley Arms

Today’s the day 🍻🍴 We are SO excited to welcome you all back!! 😃 We’re serving food every day from 12. To book a table call us on 01744 25706 we are unable to take bookings via DM. ☎️ We’re not accepting bookings for our outdoor areas due to the unpredictable weather! 😭 Good look to other fellow businesses reopening today... one step closer 🤞🏼

Oak Tree, Newton-le-Willows

We are so excited... It's raining but we don't care, because from today, we are OPEN... Please remember that we are operating a one way system around the venue and the entrance is still from our car park. Remember to bring your face mask which you will need when moving around the pub. We can't wait to see you...

Boars Head

Houghwood Golf Club

Inside dining is BACK! We are so happy to welcome you all inside Houghwood. There are still rules in place so please follow them, if you are unsure just ask. 📞 ring 01744 894754 to book your table... The Spikes Bar is OPEN! The Restaurant is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday🍴 Menu will be online today. See you soon ✨

Eccleston Arms

😄We are finally back where we belong!😄⁠ ⁠ And taking bookings!⁠ ⁠ Table service will continue and customers will be required to be wearing face covering when moving from their table.⁠ ⁠ We can't wait to welcome you back into the building and look forward to see some familiar faces😃⁠ ⁠ For more information⁠ or to book a table⁠ Visit our website or call on 01744 881881

Gerard Arms

Well that was a very weird but satisfying moment turning on the TVs and putting Sky on and ensuring the music is on ❤ The next stage of normality is with us. Remember folks what was outside is now inside, rule of six, track & trace, masks when moving, no standing 👍 Open daily 11am till 11pm. #thegerard #thegerard #staysafe

The Park Bar & Kitchen

We're now allowed to welcome you inside to dine which means.. Coley's Sports Bar is now open! 🥳 We're looking forward to welcoming you to enjoy a range of classic British dishes, the finest draft beers, spirits and cocktails and of course plenty of sports on multiple HD screens! No need to book in advance, just turn up! If you are golfing however, you can pop in pre-round to reserve your table 🏌