A popular pub has unveiled its plan to overcome the "devastating" Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions in place across Essex. 

‘OakPods’ - bubbles and flexitents - will open at The Anchor, Hullbridge, as the hospitality sector emerges from lockdown on Wednesday. 

The independent group, which operates 28 family-friendly pubs across southern England and the Midlands, has installed purpose-built, all-weather, outdoor glazed igloos – also known as ‘OakPods’ - and heated festive FlexiTents at The Anchor overlooking the river in Hullbridge.

Bosses say they provide "a safe, warm and convivial way" for up to six people to eat in their own bubble.

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Each 'pod' will be illuminated with magical fairy lights and cosy lamps.

Guests can even personalise their private ‘OakPod’ using the integrated music system, adjustable heating, and ‘call for service’ buzzer.

Dermot King, Oakman Inns’ CEO, said: “On December 2, all our pubs in Tier 2 will be fully open again serving one family bubble inside to a maximum of six people and a mix of six guests outside where we can.

"As everyone who has eaten in one of our 28 pubs since July 4 knows, we have always provided the safest possible environment in which to relax and dine.

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"The pandemic has forced us all to think differently and to be more inventive.

"In that spirit, where our pubs have large outdoor spaces, we have brought the indoors outside in a safe, sociable and comfortable way, while delivering new kinds of immersive dining experiences.”