9 pubs and restaurants which have had lockdown makeovers
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With bar stools empty and their doors shut, landlords around Norfolk and Waveney have used time in lockdown for a spring clean.
When businesses shut in the new year, walls were repainted and tired areas freshened up, with outdoor areas in particular a focus.
And while we've been able to sample upgraded beer gardens and new decking since April 12, we've only had a glimpse of changes inside from Facebook (or while on our way to the loos).
But now the prime minister has confirmed that step three of the lockdown easing can go ahead, from May 17 restaurants and pubs will once again be able to reopen.
And some will look pretty different to the last time you saw them. Here are just a handful.
The Green Bear, Gorleston
A 16ft by 8ft mural has been painted as a backdrop to its stage, featuring the likes of Billy Fury and Amy Winehouse, by artist greater Than, aka Justin Peach.
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The Brickmakers, Norwich
The Sprowston Road pub, known for its focus on live music, is yet to reopen to customers and, with restrictions on music performances, has had a particularly challenging year.
But the team now has something to look forward to and is planning to open its doors from Thursday, May 27.
It already has a busy line-up of music events planned, both inside - socially distanced - and outside on its new garden stage, which has been built in the last few weeks.
Ormesby Smokehouse, Ormesby
The popular smokehouse is reopening its doors from Monday, May 17 at 2pm, but will have a new addition in the form of a smoke yard, which will open to customers from Thursday, May 20.
It will be an outdoor seating area for diners hoping to eat al fresco during summer, and will be the perfect vantage point for the live music the team has planned.
Coral Bay, Gorleston
May 17 will mark the first time Sarah and Conroy Robinson of Coral Bay Caribbean Takeaway will be able to serve customers in their new Gorleston restaurant.
They have been trading at both Norwich and Great Yarmouth markets for the last few years and have built up a huge following since launching in 2017.
They have been offering takeaways, but from Monday will be allowed to let diners eat inside.
Rose and Crown, Snettisham
People who have visited the Rose and Crown in Snettisham will have already had a glimpse of its outdoor beach hut area, one of the most significant new additions during its revamp over the last few months.
But the team have been busy in lockdown, investing in new beds and furniture for its interior too.
The Red Lion, Norwich
People in Norwich were delighted in February when it was announced that the waterside Bishopgate pub, which has been closed for a year, was due to reopen.
Nick and Briony De'Ath - who currently run the Unthank Arms, Trafford Arms, William and Florence and Chambers Cocktail Company in Norwich - are taking it on.
An opening date is yet to be confirmed, but the new landlords posted on Instagram to say it was "almost ready", with a glimpse of the work done so far.
The Reindeer, Norwich
The Dereham Road pub has already revamped its outside space, investing in gazebos for the garden, but the whole site has had a lockdown makeover.
When people revisit in May they will be met with a new mural on the side of the building, as well as changes inside, including a room which will, down the line, be used for family-style roast dinners.
Ostrich Inn, South Creake
The Ostrich Inn won't be opening until June 1, but given it's been closed since 2017, we can wait a couple of weeks longer.
Work which is taking place includes a new reception area and first-floor restaurant.
Thorpe St Andrew park café
The Little Shop of Churros is the newest addition for the business, which is run by Nick and Natalie Brewer, who live in Dussindale with their three children Oscar, Alfie and Florence.