For those who just couldn’t wait for their first post-lockdown tipple, The Kentish Belle in Bexley was ready to go from when the clock struck midnight. Nicholas Hair, the owner, joked “Why am I here – I should be in bed!” as he carted tables and chairs outside.The team counted down from five and Hair declared: “Ladies and gentlemen – take your seats,” with outstretched arms and a broad grin. Patrons didn’t need to be told twice. One man was sporting a dressing gown as he sat down and took his first sip of freedom.
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