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All's fine in the garden as Seafield Arms Hotel look to welcome back customers

By Alan Beresford

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A SLICE of eagerly awaited normality is to be served up from Monday at the Seafield Arms Hotel in Cullen when they open their new garden area.

The Seafield Arms Garden, where food and drink will be served, is the culmination of a great deal of planning and work by the staff at the hotel, since the announcement that lockdown restrictions were being partially eased to allow businesses such as outdoor eateries to reopen from July 6.

A total of 12 tables, protected by gazebos, have been put in place and the finished result is a matter of no little pride for hotel manager Donald Thain and his dedicated team of staff.

He said: "We're all very proud of this, we've worked very hard to transform the courtyard area into the Seafield Arms Garden.

"Every possible feature to ensure the safety of guests and staff has been put in place, including partitions between the tables, social distancing, hand sanitisation and a one way system.

"We're also in the process of putting in a system whereby people can order via their smartphone, which should be ready soon.

"It's a very special moment for us all and not just because we're opening the Seafield Arms Garden. May was supposed to be the first anniversary of the hotel reopening and we had grand plans for the occasion, although unfortunately Covid-19 and the lockdown knocked those on the head.

"This is like another reopening for us, it's very exciting.

"There aren't many hotels in the area which are able to offer something like our garden so hopefully we'll see the rewards for all our hard work."

The garden has a maximum capacity of around 40 to 50 people and in order to control the number of guests turning up prior reservation is essential. In a bid to further reduce any potential risk from the coronavirus card payments are preferred. This can be done either by a link being texted to a customer's mobile which allows them to pay their bill directly without additional staff contact or via the normal card payment machine.

The garden will be open seven days a week. During weekdays guests will be welcomed from 12noon-2.30pm then 5pm-7.30pm and during the weekend from 12 noon through to 7.30pm.

Guests arriving at the hotel are asked to check in at reception after which they will be taken to their seats.

For more information visit the Seafield Arms Hotel Facebook page, visit their website at https://www.seafieldarmscullen.co.uk/ or phone (01542) 841604.

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