The Coconut Tree announces phased reopening

Award-winning Sri Lankan bar and restaurant group The Coconut Tree has announced a phased reopening schedule for all six sites across England and Wales.

The street food chain will reopen its Cardiff restaurant – the only one in Wales – on Wednesday 22 July; in line with guidelines set out by the Welsh Government, this will be outdoor-only until the 3rd August.

In England, where indoor opening is already permitted, its Bournemouth restaurant will reopen on Friday 24 July; the Bristol Gloucester Road restaurant will also reopen on Wednesday 29 July, with the Bristol Triangle restaurant also reopening, but for takeaways only.

In addition, it announced its Oxford restaurant will reopen on Friday 31 July; and finally, the Cheltenham restaurant will reopen on Monday 3 August.

In Cardiff, it said its customers will be able to enjoy The Coconut Tree’s fresh Sri Lankan cuisine in two locations. Guests will be able to make use of the restaurant’s existing outdoor seating on Mill Lane, a city centre location that has always been a destination for outdoor dining; or they can enjoy it in a specially created, communal dining area within the grounds of Cardiff Castle.

Via Cardiff-based mobile ordering platform Yoello, customers will be able to order The Coconut Tree’s dishes to be delivered to a designated dining area that has been created within the castle grounds.

Brand director Anna Garrod said, “We’re delighted to be able to share our roadmap to reopening our sites, and can’t wait to welcome everyone back to our restaurants with some signature Sri Lankan hospitality. Cardiff will be our first reopening, and we’re really excited to be part of the new public dining area being created at Cardiff castle by the local council.

“We have been working on some new recipes during lockdown, and can’t think of a better way to reveal them than with a Sri Lankan feast in the grounds of Cardiff castle.”

The Coconut Tree has also confirmed that it will be taking part in the UK Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme throughout August.

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