EXCITEMENT is mounting as pubs prepare to welcome back customers once liftdown restrictions are eased.

The Hanging Gate in Weaverham is planning to open its beer garden on Thursday, April 15.

Table service will be available for food and drink so customers can relax outside.

A pub spokesman said: "We are excited to be opening our beer garden. We are really looking forward to seeing you again after what seems like an age since we pulled a pint or poured a glass of wine."

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A slightly reduced menu will be served.

The pub on Sandy Lane will close from Monday to Wednesday and open from Thursday to Sunday serving food from 12 noon until 7pm and drinks from 12 noon until 9pm.

No bookings will be taken until the pub can open indoors.