A DARWEN bar owner thanked customers for making the first weekend of business a success.

Dominic Holmes runs Cin Cin in Church Bank Street and said staff are looking forward to welcoming old and new customers back this weekend after a busy and successful opening last week.

He also said that the gin and cocktail bar will continue to cater for more outside events following the new rules and has recently launched a new outdoor drink’s menu.

He said: "The UK needs to change with the rest of the world and make outdoor drinking experiences a better one. What covid has taught us, is that we need to bring more people outside, more often. British people can cope with the cold too."

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Following the pandemic pubs and bars have been hit drastically, but according to Dominic, there's also been a positive outcome.

He said: "Going forward we will probably stick to groups of six to a table, unless it is a booking, it makes things easier, and we can provide better service. We had a great first week and it was good to see people back enjoying themselves, people had to book last weekend, but we are now accepting walk-ins instead. We have found that two hours simply isn't enough for one table."

Planning permission was permitted for Cin Cin’s extended outdoor space last year and despite objections, Dominic said that it has been the best decision.

He said: "We were a bit unsure if an outside space in Darwen would be popular but then this has proven that we did make the right choice and it couldn't have come at a better time. Sitting outside is more sociable, when smokers go out the group doesn't have to be split up it is a good idea. The town needs more bars with outdoor space.”

Following the re-opening customers also said that they felt safe.

Dominic added: “We have had some great feedback, people said they felt safe, drinks were flowing and service was good.”

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