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Cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs in Bury St Edmunds were, for the first time in months, allowed to open indoors to customers today - but how was the first day back?

Rick Breckenridge, manager at Gastrono-me in Abbeygate Street, said the response to reopening had been 'tremendous'.

"We opened the doors at nine o'clock and there was a queue at the door, and we've been rushed off our feet since about nine o'clock this morning," he said.

Rick Breckenridge, manager at Gastrono-me. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Rick Breckenridge, manager at Gastrono-me. Picture: Mecha Morton.

Rick said the next few weeks were looking to be some of the busiest the restaurant has experienced.

"This weekend might be a record weekend for us, so I think people are very ready to be back out and enjoying themselves," he said.

Meanwhile, Dean Foster, owner of Baileys 2 Coffee House and Bistro in Whiting Street said it felt 'magical' to be back.

"It's been amazing, lovely to see all the regulars come back and supporting us," he said.

"Being able to say hi to people that you've missed for such a long time.

"It's been beautiful to be honest with you."

Maria Broadbent, owner of Casa in Risbygate Street, said they had been trading at 'full pelt' since April 12, when hospitality venues could welcome in customers outdoors.

Maria Broadbent, Casa owner, and Andy Thompson, co-owner. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Maria Broadbent, Casa owner, and Andy Thompson, co-owner. Picture: Mecha Morton.

However, today she said had been the quietest for months.

Maria said she thought it might have been because people had not been able to see loved ones indoors for months, and that they would be doing that instead.

She added the restaurant would still be keeping its outdoor area open, which had seen them fully booked out for lunches and dinners since April 12.

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