Pubs just happy to be back in busi­ness

All ar­eas: Pun­ters on their best be­hav­iour as wa­ter­ing holes re­open

Windsor & Eton Express - - News - By Adrian Wil­liams adri­anw@baylis­me­ @Adri­anW_BM

With pubs re­open­ing across the na­tion, wa­ter­ing holes in Slough and Wind­sor were happy to be back in busi­ness on Satur­day, with pun­ters on their best be­hav­iour.

The Swan in Clewer saw a steady trade, with cus­tomers ‘by and large’ abid­ing by the so­cial dis­tanc­ing rules.

“We didn’t see the big rush of peo­ple that some peo­ple thought there would be,” said Anne Teb­batt, chair of Friends of The Swan com­mu­nity g roup.

“It’s a bit of a shame to see the pub so quiet, but quite a few peo­ple were let­ting the first week­end go by. They didn’t want to be part of any gen­eral in­san­ity that might be there.

“Peo­ple were very grate­ful to be back – though we’ve been sell­ing bot­tles and cans [dur­ing the lock­down], there’s noth­ing like a proper draft pint.

“We’re all very ex­cited to be trad­ing again. We’re a com­mu­nity pub – we have bills to pay like ev­ery­one else, but it’s all about serv­ing the com­mu­nity in Wind­sor.”

Over in Burn­ham, the Black­wood Arms is en­joy­ing a steady climb back, with cus­tomers drop­ping by in the af­ter­noon af­ter tak­ing walks in the sur­round­ing green area.

“It’s in the mid­dle of Burn­ham Beeches, so we don’t get the hoards of young ’uns,” said the owner of the Black­wood Arms, Sean Ar­nett.

“When peo­ple have had a cou­ple of drinks, they for­get things, like so­cial dis­tanc­ing. It was a chal­lenge, al­most like do­ing a job we’ve never done be­fore.

“But no one got shirty be­cause they couldn’t sit down, or didn’t like where they were sat. “Ev­ery­one was just glad to get out, glad to get to meet friends out­side and en­joyed get­ting back to the vil­lage pub.

“On the first week­end we ‘overkilled’ our sys­tem be­cause we didn’t want our staff and cus­tomers to feel un­der pres­sure,” Sean said.

“Now we know we can man­age, we can have more peo­ple in and re­lax our sys­tem a bit.”

Sean and Vanessa Ar­nett at their pub the Black­wood Arms in Lit­tle­worth Com­mon, Burn­ham. Ref:132827-1

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