After missing our 21st anniversary drink in April due to lock down one of the first places I wished to visit once lock down was lifted was a local hotel in Lincolnshire where Pirate Mick and I had our wedding reception 21 years ago! Yes it is still standing, as are we!!
Millfields is a hotel, based in Grimsby, North East Lincolshire and has 27 bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and gym. It was built in 1879 for chemist Robert Cook and has always been a favourite place for Pirate Mick and I and we have enjoyed many meals, drinks and parties here throughout the years. We were even members of the gym for a while and saw in the millennium year 2000 here.
I was quite apprehensive about going as I did not know what to expect.
This was their first weekend opening and so I think they were as nervous as we were but there was no need for first night nerves.
On arrival you enter the hallway and wait at a counter. You are greeted and asked if you have a booking and where you would prefer to sit, if available. Then you are asked to sanitise your hands and give your name and telephone number for track and trace.
We were then shown to a table in the bar. It was quite a shock at first glance. Many tables have been removed and the club chairs have been replaced by dining chairs. Two tables have been pushed together to make a two metre distance between you and the other person in your party.
You are brought a laminated menu and a button that you press for everything. Drinks, food and to pay. Drinks, cutlery and food are brought to you on a tray and you remove them yourself.
I had a really lovely tuna mayonnaise sandwich. Do you not think things taste better when somebody else has made them?
There is tape on the floor and a one way system around the hotel. It does not have the lovely cosy feeling it had but it feels safe and at the moment this must take precedence.
We have since returned and this time we had drinks outside on the terrace as the sun was finally shining! The terrace has been extended and so the car park has less room at the front of the building.
I hope that this hotel continues to find its feet in these strange times and hope there are many more fun times here to be had in the not too distant future!