How the 'Smallest Pub on the Planet' plans to reopen with social distancing

The Signal Box Inn at Cleethorpes bills itself as the ‘Smallest Pub on the Planet'. Credit: MEN Media

A tiny pub in North East Lincolnshire is aiming to open up next month but it will be "one-in-one-out," say the owners.

The Signal Box Inn in Cleethorpes bills itself as the ‘Smallest Pub on the Planet'.

But how do you keep socially distant in a bar that is less than six square metres?

Director of Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, John Kerr said he is hoping to reopen on 4 July.

Bosses of the tiny bar on Kings Road have rescheduled their famous cider festival for August after having to postpone it last month due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Kerr said:

"We are making plans to re-open and want to open as soon as possible, so long as it is safe to do so.

John Kerr, Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
The bar is planning to reopen on 4 July. Credit: MEN Media

The famous bar's pool table and darts games will be inaccessible due to the restrictions.

But John said the plans are in place to open to reduce the deficit of having had no income for nearly 10 weeks.

He said he set up a crowdfunding campaign called Keep Us On Track in order to keep the business afloat.

He explained:

"None of us could foresee the length of the lockdown and for a lot of the businesses in Cleethorpes it came at the worst time. Like many we have invested a lot in the business over winter but we have not had the income. so we have asked the public to help us."

John Kerr, Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

He said 50 per cent of donations to Keep Us On Track will go towards the railway and the other half to the Cleethorpes pub. A target of £10,000 has been set and already the team are over a third of the way there.

John and fellow director Peter Bryant are looking forward to welcoming customers to the Cleethorpes Folk and Cider Festival, with over 100 ales and ciders on offer, which has been rescheduled for Saturday 29 August to Monday 31 August.