Diners welcomed back to local eateries
Restaurants, shops and services are reopening across Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym following enforced closure during the past few months. The Government’s 'eat out to help out' discount scheme for Monday - Wednesday throughout August should give the sector a much-needed boost.
Emerging from lockdown, restaurants such as Prego in Westbury Park, who kept their business going with a collection service, are delighted to be back for dining too. Some businesses have increased their range: Lavender Coffee Shop & Deli on Coldharbour Road has enhanced its online menu for Italian delicacies and added a new ‘click and collect’ service.
Caffe Arabica on North View re-opened for dining in July. Owner Halil Cankurt (pictured), has been keeping the local community supplied with takeaway coffee, milkshakes, and a tasty selection of cakes for much of the lockdown period. Now, following all the government advice, he’s put a high quality hygiene routine in place, and is ready to welcome back sit-down customers.
Halil says: “It’s really quiet at the moment. People are worried about sitting inside but we have enough room for them to sit. We’ve measured all the tables and set them out two metres apart, and have extra tables outside.”
Little French pivoted its business in April by offering a selection of food boxes, providing artisan products and produce while the restaurant on North View was temporarily closed. The restaurant reopened in early July, after reaching an agreement with the church in Westbury Park to use the courtyard at the Methodist Church as a temporary outdoor serving area during the Covid-19 crisis. A pretty canopy with lights now covers the smaller courtyard area where meals are served and social distancing respected. The restaurant and church will monitor and take appropriate steps to stop any activities that impact adversely on local residents.
Newcomer Salkaara opened its doors to customers in June offering a take-out and delivery service. The restaurant, which specialises in Southern Indian food, is now serving sit-down meals at its site by the Orpheus Cinema on Northumbria Drive.
Some businesses, like The Westbury Park Pub and Kitchen, are as busy as ever with customers savouring the joy of a refreshing drink in the sun at their local.
Westbury Park Community Association chair, Kevin Chidgey, says: “All of us no doubt value our local shops, pubs and businesses, but all will have been struggling. So, to reassure them that it’s worth reopening, support them as they do so and to help rebuild their businesses, it would be great if all of us – especially those now working at home – could pick up on the national slogan of ‘Shop Local’!”