Busy first weekend for Aberdeen beer gardens and beer gardens


Aberdeen’s cafes and bars welcomed their weekend customers again and reported exceptional activity.Pubs, restaurants and cafes reopened for the first time on July 6 after closing for 15 weeks.

Soul customers have their temperature checked

Lots of people took advantage of the weather this weekend, with Belmont Street-based Books and Beans serving up to 200 customers on Saturday afternoon.

Owner John Wigglesworth praised City Council for supporting businesses by setting up outdoor structures and marquees that allow people to take advantage of safe, dry spaces to enjoy their coffee – while socially distancing themselves.

He added: “Well done to the city council for making this possible.

“It has been a great week and I think it has been helped by the support of the board.

“I encourage everyone to use the outdoor spaces – they really provide a safe and secure space.

“We saw at least 200 to 300 people throughout the day, for table service and takeout.”

The cafe is also preparing for the reopening of its interior space on Wednesday as the Covid-19 restrictions become more relaxed.

Soul Bar on Union Street also occupied this weekend, serving more than 150 people on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Clarkson, director of operations for PB Devco, owner of the premises, said, “It has been absolutely phenomenal.

“The level of activity we have seen has far exceeded our expectations.

“We were very busy and set up a two-hour deadline on the tables.

“We have also received excellent feedback.”

The coffee cult, located on Esslemont Avenue, welcomed customers with live music after having been authorized by Total E&P to use the old playground in front of the cafe.

The very talented Ben Collett kicks off the coffee tree. He is here until 12 years old.

Posted by The Cult of Coffee on Saturday July 11, 2020

The space allows residents to enjoy coffee and cakes while staying outside and following a social distancing.

A number of establishments have implemented security measures to continue serving customers while protecting staff.


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