A pie and mash shop will become what is believed to be Britain’s only one table restaurant.
Piecaramba in Winchester, Hants, is opening on April 12 with just a single table that seats two people as that is all there is space for on the narrow pavement outside.
Co-owner Rob Litchfield, 41, said he made the decision to open as a one table restaurant because it is ‘literally all we can do,’ but insisted it will be a ‘unique’ dining experience.
He said: “We have been closed for so long and had to think about what our next step would be come April and whether we could open in some capacity.
“We wanted to slowly get back into serving our lovely customers again so we worked out we had space for one table.
“We literally have no space for anything more because it’s such a thin pavement and we didn’t want to block anything or mess up any regulations.
“It will be a very different experience for us as well as diners but we have to make do with what we have got and we are just looking forward to getting back to some level of normality.”
There will be two sittings per evening at the table, with booking slots of 6pm and 7pm being available from Monday to Saturday.
Mr Litchfield said there has already been a lot of interest in booking their only table and half the slots have already been taken for the first month of opening.
The restaurant has been doing takeaways throughout the pandemic and delivers frozen cook-at-home pies every Friday.
Mr Litchfield added that he is ‘really proud’ that the restaurant had been able to retain all its staff and that its customers had been very loyal over the course of the pandemic.
The restaurant has another branch in Southampton, Hants, which has more space as the street outside is being pedestrianised so will be able to seat 30 people.
Mr Litchfield founded Piecaramba five years ago with his business partner Phil Linssen, 35, and the pair hope to expand the business further once out of the pandemic.