Indoor dining is returning from Monday - and many will be wondering if they can still enjoy buffets at their favourites restaurants.

Now Toby Carvery and Harvester have confirmed what rules will be in place when their venues, including those in the North East, reopen to customers next week.

Toby Carvery offers roast dinners where diners usually help themselves and Harvester is popular for its salad bar.

Mitchell and Butlers, which looks after the buffet chains, says customers will still be able to visit the carving deck and salad bar at the respective restaurants to choose what they would like.

However a staff member will serve them from the counters for the time being. In addition, the restaurants will be Covid secure and will be operating with extensive cleaning and hygiene practices.

A Mitchell and Butlers spokesperson said: "All guests will be required to either scan the NHS Test and Trace app or share details with a host when visiting.

"We'll continue to operate table service and guests will need to remain seated in the restaurant.

"Guests can still visit the deck to personalise their carvery just how they like it, however a team member will serve them from the deck for the time being.

"Face coverings are to be worn and social distancing to be adhered to by guests when moving around the restaurant.

"We'll continue to keep the restaurant safe with social distancing measures in the restaurant and at the carvery deck.

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"In line with the Government initiative, all team members are being encouraged to take part in the lateral flow testing process twice a week."

Meanwhile, Pizza Hut has also confirmed that its all-you-can-eat feast is returning, along with the ice cream factory.

But there won't be any queues for the salad bar or pizza. Customers will have to order from the buffet with an app - with staff bringing your order to your table.

"From Monday May 17th, our unlimited favourites are back on the menu but reimaged to enable social distancing," said a Pizza Hut Restaurant spokesperson.

"Customers will be able to enjoy our ‘Bluffet’ offering a great range of pizza and salads ordered via your mobile phone and served to your table.

"Our new ‘Ice Cream Builder’ enables you to create your own masterpiece, with ice-cream, sauce and sweets brought to you. Essentially we have recreated Pizza Hut’s great value and unlimited icons at the same time as launching exciting new ordering technology putting the guest in control."