More than 1,000 covers were booked in just seven minutes when bookings reopened at The Chester Hotel at 2pm today (March 19) for alfresco and indoor tables.

The Chester Hotel on Queen's Road in Aberdeen will be open once again on April 26 after a three-month closure. Hotel bedrooms are also now available for bookings too.

The Chester Hotel has retained its two large marquees in front of the hotel which will be open for food and drink bookings (with alcohol) from April 26 from 12 noon to 10pm with last order at 8pm.

Tables for food and non-alcoholic drinks can be made indoors from May 3, 12 noon to 8pm with last orders at 6pm.

There will be the option to pre book drinks only alfresco tables for one hour slots and breakfast, teas and coffees will be available indoors from 10am to 12 noon from May 3. The hotel's afternoon teas can be booked now from April 30 every Wednesday to Sunday.

The hotel's 72 bedrooms can now be booked again from April 30

Stephen Gow, general manager at The Chester Hotel said: "The major success for us in 2020 was our outdoor dining experience. From July to the end of September we served more than 16,000 diners; with up to 400 on some days. The appetite for this was staggering.

"We think that the enthusiasm for alfresco dining will remain for some considerable time. Even with the vaccination programme, we're predicting that being outdoors with well-spaced seating will remain popular at least throughout 2021."

Customers are being asked to read the hotel's blog https://www.chester-hotel.com/blog/view/were-back-well-almost before booking as it wouldn't be a lockdown reopening if there weren't regulations to follow.

The Chester Hotel in Queen's Road is Aberdeen's only AA four silver star hotel and has 72 individually designed rooms. More about the hotel can be found at www.chester-hotel.com.