A NEW beach-themed dining experience in Oswestry awaits those eager to enjoy a meal out when restrictions are eased next week.

Opening on April 12 at Sweeney Hall, new beach huts will be opening for diners to sit in and enjoy an outdoor meal.

The hotel will be launching the new huts on the day restrictions in England are eased to allow restaurants to reopen for outdoor service only.

Owners of the hotel, Sean Evans and Kara Kynaston-Evans, revealed the idea on social media and said it has received a good response so far.

Sean said: "They have been really well-received and the bookings are looking good.

"I think it's the only way to survive – we've got to be innovative and think outside the box.

"We have a decking area with some tables, but that is all we would have had until May 17.

"We've aimed at giving people a different dining experience, because they have been in lockdown too, but also we're trying to make the most of the outdoor space we have."

Over the Christmas period, the hotel introduced new outdoor dining pods for diners to sit in when visiting.

These are set to reopen alongside the beach huts once restrictions allow.

Bookings have started coming in for the huts, which can host six people and are 50 per cent open to air in line with outdoor dining under Covid-19 restrictions.

The pair can not wait to welcome diners back, and hope the huts allow people to enjoy outdoor meals regardless of the weather.

Kara said: "We're held hostage to the English weather – if we were opening in Spain for outdoor dining for example, it would be wonderful.

"The themes for the beach huts were thought up by us.

"The nautical one fits in with the beach hut theme, and we were encouraged to do the one with flowers to make it 'Instagramable'.

"And the 60s theme is an ode to our youth.

"We're absolutely looking forward to reopening – it has been a long few months."

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