'The first big weekend after lockdown was exactly what pubs needed' - Wakefield landlords hail return of customers and hope for more sunny days

It was a solid weekend for pubs and bar in Wakefield that were able to open their outside areas.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:04 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 1:06 pm
Harry's Bar

From Monday, April 12 pubs were able to welcome customers again.

Businesses across the city said there was a buzz about the place as the streets filled up again.

It was all leading towards the weekend when pubs were hoping for a decent turnout to make up for the lost winter months.

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Louise Waters, landlady at Harry's Bar in Wakefield city centre, said: "The first weekend went really well. It’s been a great start back - little bit rusty at the beginning of the week with staff and equipment and we ironed a few teething problems out but over all a steady week and decent weekend.

"It’s been loverly seeing the hustle and bustle and hearing the chatter and laughter. Everyone has behaved and enjoyed being back. let’s hope the weather stays kind to us!"

Sam Carney, landlady at the Travellers Inn at Stanley said: "The weekend was absolutely brilliant and it's good to be back. The police checked in with us too - all good.

"So happy days if weather is kind to us it's the boost all closed businesses needed."

Alex McHale who runs Maud's Cafe in Pontefract said: "The first weekend was fantastic. Had an absolute ball on Saturday with full tables all day and night!

"We had a DJ on in the afternoon, the sun was shining and the cocktails were flowing. Superb! Long may it continue."