Wrexham and Flintshire pubs saw a quiet New Year’s Eve this year following restrictions.

With restrictions put in place from Boxing Day, local pubs who had to change their plans reported that many people did not bother to celebrate in Wales but rather crossed the border into England where they were restriction free.

The Glasfryn in Mold was one of the many pubs and restaurants that had to adapt quickly and change their plans.

Adam Owen, the Deputy Manager, said: "It was totally different really, it didn’t really feel like New Year’s Eve, and with the table restrictions!

"We were supposed to have a live band in and they had to cancel otherwise it would have been classed as an indoor event.

"We were going to run a set menu but because of cancellations we had to run a normal menu as well which is a shame because the pub was originally booked out for it.

"It’s a bit of a nightmare really - we had to shut the bar at 11pm rather than our planned time of 12.30am so it drastically changed for us.

"Being so close to the border is massive for us when you can drive 25 minutes down the road and be in England, so that affected us because a lot of people probably went over there where there’s no restrictions rather than staying this side.”

The Parish in Wrexham is known for its gigs, however they have not been able to host any due to the restrictions and decided to not open at all on New Year's Eve.

Kev Matthias, of the Parish and Craft & Tails, kept the latter open under restrictions but had only had eleven tables available - and had five no shows on the night.

They are now closing Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the Parish and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Craft & Tails due to the restrictions.

Kev said: “For business it's not good, for New Year's Eve town was empty. I know someone else who only had two tables in so it wasn’t worth opening basically.

“I would like to understand where they are coming from but when you go across the border to an ram packed Chester, I don’t get it.”