With the opening of pubs and restaurants, we're seeing a little normality back in our lives. Here are 15 of our favourites ... all Covid-safe and looking forward to welcoming you. 

The Harp at Old Radnor

The Harp, which was named the Good Pub Guide's Country Pub of the Year 2020, plans to reopen on August 7, subject to confirmation of the relaxation of Welsh lockdown rules for pubs. Initially, they'll be open Friday to Sunday and booking will be essential

An old Welsh longhouse inn perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Radnor Valley, close to the Powys/Herefordshire border The Harp is independently owned and run by Chris and Angela Ireland, with, since 2018, the support of head chef Josh Smith and general manager Katie Marsden.

Harpinnradnor.co.uk/01544 350655

The Cock of Tupsley

A family-friendly pub with play area and beer garden, on the edge of the city, The Cock of Tupsley is now taking reservations via their online booking system, and by phone. They are also keeping a number of tables free for walk-ins. With fewer team members in the kitchen, you will find the new menu slightly reduced. Open every day, 11am to 11pm (10pm on Sunday).

Cockoftupsleypub.co.uk/01432 274911

The Garway Moon Inn

Open Wednesday to Sunday. Eighteenth century pub overlooking Garway Common, the Garway Moon is a free house offering a wide selection of local ales and ciders and a menu inspired by fresh, locally sourced produce, and they're now open again (including the B&B) for both eat-in and takeaway customers. The play area remains closed.

Garwaymooninn.co.uk/01600 750 270/info@garwaymooninn.co.uk

The Railway Inn, Dinmore

Refurbished, stone-built freehouse with stunning views over the river Lugg and rolling fields beyond. Located just off the A49 in Dinmore woods, The Railway Inn is currently taking bookings only due to reduced operating capacity. Our menus are also reduced. Please call for details. "Pubs never stand still even in lockdown so we are continuing improvements to the pub, particularly the extensive gardens and the new menus."

Therailwayinn.pub/01568 797053

The Loughpool, Sellack

Where the hospitality of a traditional country pub is combined with a restaurant that features high quality local produce. The pub has a pretty garden in which to enjoy a relaxed drink in the summer months.

The Loughpool is currently open from Wednesday to Sunday, with food orders for lunch from noon to 1.30pm and dinner from 6.30pm to 8pm. Arrival times will be staggered to avoid too many people arriving at once so please arrive on time. Customers will be shown straight to their tables so no loitering at the bar is allowed! The menu will be slightly reduced and will incorporate the Specials Board items too.

Theloughpool.com/01989 730888

The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey

Authentic and atmospheric, the 16th century black and white Riverside Inn is surrounded by the natural beauty of the River Lugg valley. Led by Andy Link, the team are working hard to ensure the restaurant and accommodation remain fully Covid secure, operating with additional cleaning procedures, limited capacity and other precautions for the safety and wellbeing of our teams and guests.

Open Monday 6pm – 9pm; Tuesday – Saturday 12-3pm, 6pm- 9pm; Sunday 12 – 6pm

Visit the website to view the restaurant’s relaunch menu and bar menu.

Riversideaymestrey.co.uk/01568 708440

The Bridge Inn, Kentchurch

William and Kasia are on a mission to maintain the heritage and charm of this riverside pub for the whole local community to enjoy.

Passionate about good food and with a farm to fork ethos, The Bridge Inn uses only the best local farms and suppliers in Hereford and keeps a menu that reflects the season.

Monday closed; Tuesday 4pm - 11 pm; Wednesday to Saturday noon - 11pm; serving: lunch noon-3pm evening meal 6pm-10pm; Sunday noon - 6pm. Serving: Sunday Roast, 12pm - 3pm.

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The Barrels

An 18th century coaching inn that is formed partly from the old city wall, The Barrels is one of the last multi-roomed pubs in Hereford, and the original home of Wye Valley Brewery.

Current opening hours are 12 noon to 10pm.

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The Lichfield Vaults, Church Street

The home of good beer, Greek food and great hospitality ... The Lichfield Vaults is a city centre pub tucked away in Church Street, where Andy's Cypriot roots are reflected in a Greek inspired menu with its emphasis on fresh, simple and tasty dishes and platters. The menu also features more traditional dishes. Please observe all the health and safety measures and social distancing requirements. If you haven't booked in advance, you're asked to find an outdoor table. Payment by credit or debit card, preferably contactless.

lichfieldvaultshereford.co.uk/01432 266821

The Red Lion, Pembridge

A traditional pub serving a wide range of draught beers and ciders, The Red Lion has re-opened and is serving lunches, Monday to Saturday, and from August 6, Thursday's Steak and Gammon nights will be re-starting.

Red-lion-pub.com/01544 388007

The Saracens Head, Symonds Yat

Waterside inn enjoying a spectacular position on the east bank of the River Wye where the river flows into a steep wooded gorge. Following its reopening, the inn will be a seated venue throughout (inside and outside areas ), and orders taken at the table only. There will be no service from the bar directly. Payment is to be made at the time of ordering, and by contactless card where possible. A one way system will be in operation when entering and exiting the building. Menus may be limited for a period after re-opening.

Saracensheadinn.co.uk/01600 890435

The Oak Inn, Staplow

Country inn with great food and luxurious B&B rooms. "We’re open again to welcome you, if not quite with open arms!"

Monday to Saturday lunch, noon to 2pm and dinner, 6pm to 8.30pm; Sunday lunch – noon to 3pm, and dinner, 6 to 8pm.

It will be table service only, with a ‘meet and greet’ at the main entrance. Floor signs show one metre social distancing.

Oakinnstaplow.co.uk/01531 640954

The Boot Inn, Orleton

The Boot Inn is a community-owned traditional 16th century pub that was saved from being sold for development. They have now reopened for dining, but they're also continuing to offer a home delivery service - visit the website for the current takeaway menu. Open, Wednesday - Saturday 12-2pm and 6-9pm; Sunday (roast sunday lunch only) 12-4pm.

Bootinnorleton.co.uk/01568 780228

The Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Escley

Award-winning countryside pub, and home to Hill Billy gins, The Bridge Inn has a huge riverside terrace and beer garden. They've reduce the number of tables in the pub and added more covered areas outside.

They are running a small seasonal menu with wood fired meats and pizza, returning to a fuller menu as and when restrictions and operations allow.

Thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk/01981 510646

The Crown at Woolhope

The Crown is now open from Thursday to Sunday, with supper served on Thursday lunch and supper on Friday, and food from noon to 9pm Saturday and noon to 8pm, Sunday. Seating will mostly be in the front garden and front car park but there are tables inside available too. There will be a standing area for drinkers too. Please book. crowninnwoolhope.co.uk/01432 860 468

For a comprehensive list of pubs, restaurants and cafes participating in the government's Eat out to Help Out scheme click here