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A friendly welcome, but at a distance - Emma Deighan books into a hotel in Londonderry after the lockdown easing

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Emma Deighan stayed at Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Londonderry

Emma Deighan stayed at Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Londonderry

Some of the sanitising steps taken by the hotel

Some of the sanitising steps taken by the hotel

Some of the sanitising steps taken by the hotel

Some of the sanitising steps taken by the hotel

Emma enjoying a drink

Emma enjoying a drink

The breakfast buffet

The breakfast buffet

Emma Deighan stayed at Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Londonderry

Four-year-old Bishop's Gate Hotel within Derry's Walls is something of a badge of pride for the city. When hotelier Ciaran O'Neill opened the establishment back in 2016, he did not just add to the city's room capacity for inbound visitors, he put another culinary hotspot on the North West's foodie map, which has been gratefully received by visitors and locals alike.

Its setup is boutique; 34 bedrooms tastefully decorated in muted greys and jewel tones, and its intimate service has beckoned a string of awards.

It is hard to imagine how this rich-in-character venue could retain its charm amid a sea of safety measures and glaring warning signs and all else that is required to operate a public venue in a pandemic, but somehow it has.