A village pub was forced to close on its first day of reopening as lockdown restrictions eased after issues.

The Cavendish Arms, in Doveridge, was set to open its gardens for eager customers today, Monday, April 12, but experienced problems that mean it now cannot open until Wednesday.

The pub posted on social media that the gas had gone down in the cellar which meant it could not serve lagers, ciders or Guinness to its customers.

The pub owners said: "Unfortunately due to the gas going down in the cellar we have no lagers, cider or Guinness. I've rung for assistance from cellar management and they can't get to me till tomorrow so have no option apart from to close for today.

"We will reopen on Wednesday. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused."

Earlier this morning, the pub posted the rules for customers to help keep them and the staff safe before announcing it was closed as it thanked customers for their continued support and understanding.

Get more news for your area by typing your postcode here:

When it reopens on Wednesday, every person over the age of 16 must provide track and trace details which can either be on the QR scan or paper details which will be destroyed after 21 days.

It will be table service only and customers must remain seated while on the premises unless they are using the toilet.

Only one person at a time will be allowed into the premises to use the toilet and masks must be worn. The entrance to the toilet is through the side door only as no other doors are to be used.

Today was the first day that pubs could open outdoor areas this year after being forced to close last year. It is part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown.

Customers are not allowed to sit inside and it is table service only.

Staffordshire Live Newsletter April 12 2021

Here are the top stories from the StaffordshireLive newsletter

Want to sign up to receive these stories straight to your inbox? It's free and means you'll never miss out on the most important Staffordshire news of the day

You can sign up for free here

Not signed up yet but want to try it out?

You can read a preview of today's newsletter here