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If you're looking for a dining experience with a difference after lockdown, then one West Norfolk venue might have the answer.

Customers will be able to return to their favourite restaurants from July 4 after an easing of the coronavirus restrictions was announced yesterday.

And there's a new feature for guests hoping to dine at the Barn restaurant where five new pods have been installed in the grounds.

The Barn at Terrington St John that has put pods up outside its resturant. (37133759)
The Barn at Terrington St John that has put pods up outside its resturant. (37133759)

But if you want to try one for yourself, you'll have quite a wait as they're booked up for the whole of July and much of August.

Owner Joshua Green said the phones had been going "berserk" since he began taking bookings in the wake of the government announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

And he's looking forward to returning to the kitchen.

The Barn at Terrington St John that has put pods up outside its resturant. (37133740)
The Barn at Terrington St John that has put pods up outside its resturant. (37133740)

He said: "We can't wait to get back to doing what we enjoy. Cooking in the kitchen is all I've known from the age of 14."

Around £12,000 has been spent on the pods, which can accommodate up to six diners at a time, and which have their own lighting, heating and air conditioning. One is specifically set up for couples.

Mr Green said he had been inspired by seeing similar structures at hotels in London and the United States and believes they will be both a long term investment and an encouragement for some customers who might be worried about social distancing to head out.

He said: "We thought they would be quite a cool dining experience in the middle of Norfolk."

The Barn at Terrington St John that has put pods up outside its resturant. (37133596)
The Barn at Terrington St John that has put pods up outside its resturant. (37133596)

Members of the restaurant's staff have been helping to build the pods and Mr Green added: "They can't wait to go back to work."

Although social distancing requirements will be eased from July 4, Mr Green said they would continue to operate a two metre rule inside the restaurant building

He added that staff will be using facemasks and a new cleaning product which its makers claim can kill the virus in just five minutes.



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