Canalside restaurant to reopen outdoor dining experience on Westside

A city centre restaurant is reopening the doors to its creative dining pods following the easing of restrictions over coronavirus.

Craft Dining, located beside the canal at the International Convention Centre, is now taking bookings for its outside terrace area which includes three pods named after the founder’s daughters, Hope, Lilly and Poppy.

The restaurant, which only launched last Autumn, is due to reopen following lockdown from 11 July after introducing social distancing and testing measures.

Founder and group chief executive Sam Morgan said: “We’ve spent many, many weeks reviewing our procedures to ensure that it’s safe to open in July and I am confident we can do that.

“Tables will be spaced two metres apart, hand sanitisers will be readily available and capacity levels will be monitored by staff to ensure there is no overcrowding.

“There will be contactless payments and food will be served with single use items that can be disposed of.

“For added reassurance, we have also introduced new technology to discretely monitor people’s temperatures.”

Mr Morgan added that everyone at the family-owned restaurant, whose chef Andrew Sheridan rose to fame on the BBC’s Great British Menu, was passionate about the safety and security of its guests and staff.

Craft has removed around 20 outside tables to enable two metre social distancing. The pods, which contain a music system and in-built heating, are designed to accommodate up to eight guests but will now be limited to people from the same household.

People will be able to choose from a set menu, the restaurant’s classic Afternoon Tea with champagne or a cocktail, or the Cheese & Charcuterie board with a bottle of wine.

In addition, Craft has just launched a new Dine At Home offering for summer with a menu created by the chef Mr Sheridan and described as “big on creativity and bold in flavour”.

Collection is available, with delivery within a five-mile radius. Takeaway orders and booking for the outside dining can be made at www.weare-craft.co.uk.

By Tony Collins.

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