Southampton pubs got a much-needed spending boost on Monday, new figures suggest, as customers were allowed indoors for the first time this year.

Banking firm Revolut analysed the data of its 14,000 customers in Southampton on Monday, and found that drinkers knocked back around 219 pints per minute at their peak.

It comes as trade bodies welcomed the further easing of coronavirus rules, but cautioned that the "fragile" hospitality sector is relying on all restrictions being removed before it can operate successfully.

The biggest spenders in the area were 18-24 year-old men – which mirrored the national trend – though Revolut said their customers tend to be slightly younger than the national average.

Southampton customers shelled out less per round than others across the country – spending £11.51 per transaction, compared to the average of £12.86 across Britain.

Though one punter did spend a whopping £161.5 in just one purchase in a pub or restaurant.

Despite this boost to trade, the figures show that spending in pubs in the area was 5% down on an average Monday in February last year before the pandemic began.

Bars and restaurants in England were allowed to serve food and drinks indoors from May 17, following the return of outdoor hospitality on April 12.

Spending in bars across Great Britain was still 6% down on normal levels – which could be because thousands of pubs are still closed and those open have significantly reduced capacity, the British Beer and Pub Association said.

The figures also show the behaviour of Southampton residents in restaurants and cafes on Monday.

Spending in dining establishments was 15% lower than what would have been expected last year – compared to the average across Britain of 32% below.