The world's smallest pub reopened yesterday with large queues - but no punters were allowed inside because of social distancing rules.

The Signal Box Inn, which is in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, was created from a Victorian signal box and, as it measures just 2.4m by 2.4m, can "comfortably" accommodate only six people.

But while landlord Alan Cowood, 66, was able to reopen the pub on Saturday, customers were restricted to the newly refurbished beer garden. Staff were allowed inside.

"We've got one member of staff each side of the bar - one serving and one putting the drinks on a table for the customers to collect, and all payments are taken by card," Alan said.

The tiny pub was able to serve customers again

The businessman had hoped for good weather so people could enjoy their drinks. Luckily, the rain stayed away.

Alan added: "It's great to be back and the weather has been OK. We've had a few showers but our customers have been queuing up and the beer garden is full."

Customers formed socially distanced queues for the bar and toilets, while staff work masks or visors.

Guests at the Lincolnshire boozer had to make use of the beer garden instead of going inside to drink

The pub, which was originally a train signal box before being used as a garden shed, once managed to squeeze in 35 rugby players.

The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, which is on the same site, also re-opened to delighted families. The railway, which has been in operation since 1948, serves around 1.2 miles of coastal land in Lincolnshire.

Bars and restaurants were able to reopen across England yesterday.'

However, drinkers packed into pubs and bars in central London - with pictures showing the streets of Soho rammed on "Super Saturday" as some revellers appeared to ignore social distancing rules.

The scenes have sparked alarm, amid concerns that the R rate in London has risen above 1 again.

Lockdown changes in England from July 4

Scientists have called on the public to stick to social distancing rules and stay two metres apart where possible, but there was little sign of that happening.

One man who passed through the busy streets yesterday afternoon told Mirror Online: "Walking down old Compton Street felt like wading through a Petri dish.

"And that was at about 4:30pm. Not much chance to socially distance even just walking down the street."