Bistrot Pierre in Mumbles has bubbles you can eat in

Swansea restaurants have introduced ‘bubbles’ for diners to eat in.

Bistrot Pierre, in Mumbles ’s Oyster Wharf, has unveiled two bubbles which enable socially-distanced dining.

And Diablo’s in SA1 has also introduced eating pods for customers.

They were unveiled just days before Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced fresh coronavirus restrictions; which mean from Friday, December 4 pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close by 6pm, and will not be allowed to serve alcohol.

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Bistrot Pierre manager Scott Williams said: “We had the idea for these bubbles last year, when we were thinking about how we could increase our dining space.

“But the pandemic has certainly accelerated their introduction.

“They are situated out the front of the restaurant on the prom, and provide a unique eating experience in Mumbles.

“We have had over 2,000 enquiries over the past couple of weeks about their availability.

“Each one if fully cleaned and hygienically wiped down after use, so they are safe for the next group of diners.

“They are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner – although obviously now we have new restrictions to comply with.”

Inside one of the ‘bubbles’ at Bistrot Pierre
(Image: WalesOnline/Gayle Marsh)

The bubbles can fit six diners inside, and need a minimum of four to be viable for the business.

Swansea restaurant Diablo’s has also just introduced a similar initiative.

The business, in SA1, has introduced eating pods for up to six people, which are fitted with hearting and speakers.

A touch light system is in place to get the attention of your waiter, and each party has a two and a half hour time slot.

An eating pod at Diablo’s in SA1
(Image: Diablo’s)

The news comes as one popular independent restaurant group – Bar 44 – announced that it was closing ‘indefinitely’ following the announcement of the latest restrictions.

The closure includes Bar 44 and Asador 44 in Cardiff, and their venues in Cowbridge and Penarth. Their online store will remain open.

WalesOnline – Swansea