Diners enjoy indoor eating at the Merry Hill Centre

Brian and Helen McQuillan from Brierley Hill enjoy tea and cake at M&S Cafe at Merry Hill.

Diners have returned to indoor dining with smiles on their faces after a number of cafe's and restaurant's reopened their seating as lockdown restrictions eased.

From the start of this week, rules in England have been relaxed to allow socially distanced groups to eat food indoors, as long as they adhere to the rule of six. In-line with government guidelines visitors can sit in a group of six or up to two households maximum and must use the NHS test and trace app to register when dining at the centre.

Previously, guests were only permitted to eat on the premises if they could sit outside, which meant that a number of the centre's eateries either remained as takeaway only or, in some circumstances, kept their doors closed. 

The centre’s indoor Eat Central dining area, which is home to over 12 popular eateries including Little Dessert Shop, Tasty Plaice and Burrito Kitchen has reopened alongside restaurants including Nando's.


Stourbridge mum, Sian Bennett and her four children (L-R Bal, Jade, Zara and Caylen) enjoy the delights of the recently opened Indian Tavern at the Waterfront.

Visitors are also be able to dine-in at a host of local independent eateries that the centre has to offer, including the Vintage Tea Room at Oopsy Daisies, whilst over at the Waterfront, foodies have the opportunity to enjoy an immersive Indian experience at family-run eatery, The Indian Tavern Bar & Grill, as well as, wetting their whistle at Dr Eamer’s Emporium and Ten Steps coffee lounge. Steve Hargreaves, Operations Manager at Merry Hill said:

“Yesterday marked another exciting milestone in the centre’s safe reopening and it was great to see many of our visitors enjoy dining-in at our restaurants and cafés for the first time this year.

“The atmosphere at Merry Hill was wonderful to experience, as visitors were making the most of what our eateries have to offer whilst reuniting with their loved ones. From meeting friends for cocktails to families enjoying a meal in their favourite restaurant, it was a special moment for everyone.


Dudley friends, Claire Jessup and Syreeta Dyas-Bailey catch up over a G&T at Dr Eamers Emporium at the Waterfront.

“Many of our hospitality staff were also ecstatic to finally open their doors again and they are looking forward to a successful week of trading.

“Over the last few months, we’ve welcomed a host of new food and drink additions to the centre and we can’t wait to announce even more new openings over the next few months.”


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