When pubs and restaurants re-opened in July, Britons embraced the opportunity to go out.
That helped the economy grow for a third month in a row.
After crashing by a record 20% in the second quarter, output expanded by 6.6% in July.
But the rate of growth was slower than expected.
And the economy remains almost 12% smaller than its pre-pandemic level.
Reacting to data released on Friday (Sep 11) one economist told Reuters that GDP would likely show record-breaking growth in the third quarter.
But he added a note of caution, warning that "July was probably the last of the big step-ups in activity" and that "a full recovery probably won't be achieved until early 2022".
That might prompt the Bank of England to ramp up its bond-buying stimulus programme.
Hopes for a swift rebound have faded of late as businesses struggle to cope with social distancing rules.
Many workers also remain reluctant to travel on public transport or go to crowded places.
Tensions between London and Brussels over a post-Brexit trade deal aren't helping matters either.
There is also the worry that unemployment is expected to rise sharply because the UK has ruled out extending its job retention scheme after October.