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The Duke of Cambridge beat Britons back to the pub ahead of ‘Super Saturday’ when lockdown restrictions ease across the country. Prince William was able to savour a cider when he visited the Rose and Crown in the Norfolk village of Snettisham. The duke and his family have visited the 600-year-old pub, hotel and restaurant, which is a few miles from their home of Anmer Hall.
And, Prince William managed to share a cheeky joke with the landlord, as he asked them about their preparations to reopen to the British public.
He asked landlords Anthony and Jeannette Goodrich: “Can I have a pint of cider please? I’m a cider man.”
The duke took a seat in the pub’s garden with the landlords, their head chef Philip Milner and duty manager Lucy Heffer, and when his drink and food arrived, he joked: “I don’t know where I pay, I’ll do that before I leave, I promise.”
Prince William ordered a £4.15 pint of Aspall Suffolk Draught Cyder and a plate of chips.
But, the duke was prompt to follow health protocols and sanitising his hands with gel.
It comes as the UK’s pubs and restaurants are set to open their doors to customers once again on Saturday for the first time since March.
But, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned Britons not to over do it, and said he will not hold back in applying the breaks and reimposing restrictions if there is an outbreak of coronavirus.
During his visit to the pub, Prince William quizzed the landlords about their about their expectations for the weekend.
He said: “It could end up with everyone at the pub, because people just want a change of scene, being at home for so long.
“Are you worried about people getting a bit out of hand this weekend?
“I guess it’s more of a problem with the larger pub chains.”
Mr Goodrich, 65, admitted: “We are a bit concerned but we are ready for it.”
More to follow.
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