THE Eat Out to Help Out scheme might have come to an end, but more and more people are returning to our local pubs and restaurants.

And while some of us are still cautious of eating out, those who have been enjoying sit-down meals have taken to Trip Advisor to thank Knutsford’s eateries for making them feel safe and comfortable.

Here are five local spots whose new health and safety measures have earned them praise in recent weeks.

The Courtyard, Knutsford

4.5* out of 660 reviews

What customers are saying:

• “Firstly admittance to restaurant necessitated temperature taken plus name and telephone number. Menu is varied and well balanced at a good price. Food was tasty and well presented and most importantly the service and staff were excellent.”

• “The service here was absolutely lovely, the staff were all friendly and they created a nice atmosphere without being intrusive. Well done to all involved, the Covid arrangements have been incorporated without seeming fussy, yet inspire confidence.”

• “Enjoyed lovely lunch outside. Every precaution had been taken to ensure we felt safe in the current situation. Hand sanitiser on every table and staff wearing face masks. Food and service was excellent. I will definitely return.”

Shamoli, Knutsford

4.5* out of 190 reviews

What customers are saying:

• “An intimate restaurant but social distancing no problem. Will certainly be back and soon! Felt really safe. Brilliant evening!”

• “The service was impeccable, staff were so friendly, and in these times of worry for everyone it was obviously a priority to the staff to keep everything sanitised and clean. Wonderful people, and personally I would say that it is the best Indian food I have had in a very long time, and the prices were surprisingly reasonable for Knutsford.”

• “As always, the service was great in Shamoli, the staff are always kind, considerate and welcoming. The food was very tasty and well presented.”

The Golden Pheasant, Plumley

4* out of 635 reviews

What customers are saying:

• “Greeted by lovely staff. We were offered outdoors which we took with an explanation of one way system. Food was incredible, after starters we were able to order mains when ready so not too quick. All the staff couldn't be more helpful, polite, attentive and happy. Definitely recommend!”

• “Good selection of food on the menu with fast, efficient and friendly service. Good atmosphere even in these Covid times. Good experience and good value for money.”

• “Visited for lunch, good choice of food, good service and nicely laid out. Good hygiene measures in place. Will be back.”

King Street Kitchen, Knutsford

4* out of 57 reviews

What customers are saying:

• “Wonderful ambiance, reasonably priced and spotlessly clean. We shall be returning very soon. This place is a must if you’re in Knutsford.”

• “We went for coffees this morning. Great welcome and service and lovely cappuccino. Hand sanitiser and very clean and spacious. Will definitely return to have food as it all looked wonderful.”

• “Staff were so lovely, chatty and mindful of all the safety measures in place, they seemed very happy to be back doing such a fantastic job with all customers in these strange times, was so good for everyone to be out and having a great time!”

The Botanist, Knutsford

4* out of 469 reviews

What customers are saying:

• “We went to The Botanist for tea whilst visiting Knutsford for a few days. The food was amazing - well cooked, high quality, unusual meal options. The cocktails and drinks were really nice and well presented. The staff were very friendly and happy to chat to the kids, they were following Covid protocol very well.”

• “I have visited many times, before and during Covid! The restaurant feels very safe. The staff are great, can’t do enough, the food is amazing and just over all a lovely experience each time I visit!”

• “Lovely food, great and attentive staff. Also felt safe as everyone was wearing a mask! Would definitely recommend and we will be returning.”