A Coventry pub will be re-opening their doors to customers one minute after midnight this Sunday.

As of April 12, non-essential shops and hospitality businesses such as restaurants and pubs will be able to open following the national lockdown.

The Oak Inn on Gosford Street in the city centre has decided to welcome customers back as soon as possible, by opening one minute after the new rules allow.

They are licensed to serve until 6am, so people will be welcome too sit outside at the venue from 12.01am to 6am.

Speaking to CoventryLive, 17-year-long owner, Darren Lee, says he is looking forward to welcoming people back.

He said: “We attempted to do the same thing when the last time lockdown was lifted in July, but the rules ended up changing last minute.

Sign outside the Oak Inn in Coventry which is set to open one minute after midnight on April 12 as coronavirus restrictions are lifted
Coventry: The Oak Inn is to open from one minute past midnight on April 12.

“We’re trying this time and so far it all seems to be going ahead.

“On Sunday people will be able to sit in our large outside area, in groups no larger than six from no more than two households.

“To follow guidance, it will be table service only, meaning people will only need to come inside the building to use the toilet – which they must wear a mask for.

“We know it might be cold, so we’re also going to be selling blankets with our logo on for £5 each, so people can take them home.”

As well as drinks, the venue also plans to sell food throughout the night, such as pizzas, burgers and kebabs.

If your venue is opening up on Monday April 12 and you would like to get in touch with us to share your experience of lockdown and your opening plans, please email news@coventrytelegraph.net.

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