Eager customers return to Wetherspoons and popular Northampton cafe for fry-ups as businesses reopen fully
Full English breakfasts, pints and more were on the menu for many as early as 9am this morning
Business owners breathed a sigh of relief and customers cheered with joy this morning (May 17) as indoor hospitality was allowed to reopen for the first time in months.
Eager punters were soaking up their renewed freedom as soon as they could at popular cafe - The Super Sausage - in St Andrew’s Road and at 'Spoons' in Northampton town centre.
Louise Sparkes, manager of The Super Sausage which has been closed since Christmas, said: “It means everything to us and we’re really happy to be back.
“Customers are saying how nice it is to be able to sit at a table with a knife and a fork.
“We’ve had a good response this morning and we’ve had quite a few phone calls asking if they can sit and eat.
“We are expecting it to build up this week as well once people know we’re back open.
“We’re hoping to bounce back okay after a difficult year. Staff are still on reduced hours at the moment, but we’re hoping to get them back to full hours.”
Chris Golding a regular customer who lives close by and was keen to get back to the cafe on its opening day, added: “I wasn’t sure if they were open so I rang this morning and then shot straight down here.
“It feels good to be back. The breakfasts here aren’t like others, they’re so good.
“It’s not the same going somewhere else, especially when you’re used to going to the same place.
“It’s always busy and the staff are always polite.”
In the town centre, punters were also glad to be back inside, out of the rain, at The Cordwainer.
Cooked breakfasts, pints and hot drinks were on the menu for many as they enjoyed being back inside a pub for the first time in months.
Mother and son, Laura and Mark Edwards, said: “This is something we used to do regularly, but this is the first time we have been able to do this for ages.
“It really has been nice to relive what we used to do.
“It has been difficult sitting outside with the weather so now it’s great that we can start using things that we have not used for a long time, like restaurants that we love.”
Also enjoying their first inside dining experience at the Wetherspoons pub, were friends Logan Grieve and Samuel Moon.
They said: “It’s better to be sitting inside and not have to worry about the weather. It really has been too cold.
“We always used to come for breakfast before college so it’s good to be back and to do this again.
“We will probably be out tonight as well. It’s just nice to see friends again.
“It’s also good to be back to college properly rather than online lessons.”
Other independent cafes and Northampton theatres were also able to reopen for the first time in months today. More to come on further reopenings.