PUBS will finally welcome back customers on Monday April 12 – but what times will chains including Wetherspoons and Green King reopen?
The hospitality industry has been given the green light to reopen to serve food and drink outdoors, as well as takeaway pints from this Monday.
We round up opening hours of pub chains including Wetherspoons and Greene KingCredit: Alamy
But businesses won’t be able to welcome punters inside until May 17 at the earliest.
It will be a relief for boozers that have not been able to pull a pint since England was plunged into a third lockdown on January 4.
In areas that were placed into Tier 4 shortly after the second lockdown, the hospitality industry has been closed for even longer.
Around 15,000 pubs – 40% of the total in England – will reopen for outside drinking in beer gardens, car parks and even on roads from next week.
Punters will have to follow certain rules when they take a trip to their local boozer
Of the pubs set to reopen, a handful have a 24-hour license – and they’re planning to reopen from midnight, as long as they’re allowed to.
In July last year, pubs were allowed to reopen from 6am after lockdown.
Below we round up opening hours of the major pub chains.
Greene King told The Sun its pubs will open at their usual times.
These will vary depending on licensing rules, but you can find the details on each pub’s website.
For example, one London pub in Greenwich will be open between midday and 11pm Monday to Thursday, midday until 12am Friday and Saturday and then midday until 10.30opm on Sundays.
While another in London’s Manor Park is open 11am until 9pm Monday to Wednesday and 11am until 10pm Thursday to Sunday.
The chain plans to reopen 442 pubs on April 12, which represents around a third of its estate where there is outdoor space available.
You can find your nearest local on the Greene King website.
Marston’s plans to reopen 696 pubs for outdoor service on April 12 – around 70% of its estate in England.
The pub chain told The Sun branches will be operating its normal opening hours, except where they serve guests breakfast.
As part of its reopening, Marston’s has expanded its digital table service called “Marston’s Tap” where customers order their food and drink online from their smartphone.
After paying online, your order is then brought to your table by bar staff.
Marston’s first launched this service last year, but all venues in the hospitality industry will have to offer table service only when they reopen in April.
If you don’t want to use the online service, a member of staff can still take your order while you’re at the table.
Four O’Neill’s pubs will reopen on April 12 – these are located in Bournemouth, Great Marlborough Street, Watford and Solihull.
More O’Neill’s pubs, which are owned by Mitchells & Butlers, will then reopen later in the month.
The Great Marlborough Street branch is set to open at 10am on Monday, while the rest will open at 12pm.
Punters are being urged to check opening times on its website though, and to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Mitchells & Butlers told The Sun the majority of its venues typically open around midday.
Stonegate Pub Company
Stonegate Pub Company operates over 700 pubs and bars across the UK – and it plans to reopen around 45% of its England estate on April 12.
The earliest some of the branches will reopen is from 8am, when they’ll serve breakfast.
Opening times vary though, so it’s best to check the pubs’ websites to confirm.
You can find your nearest Stonegate Pub on its website.
Wetherspoons has confirmed its pubs will reopen at 9am on April 12.
Boozers are then typically open from 9am until 9pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9am until 10pm on Friday to Saturday.
Customers will be able to sit in beer gardens, rooftop gardens and patios at 394 Wetherspoons branches.
Wetherspoons has 875 pubs in total across the UK, but not all have outdoor space so some won’t be able to welcome back customers until later.
Punters will be able to order drinks and food although they will be running a reduced menu while some restrictions remain in place.
Young’s told The Sun its pubs will open as usual on Monday, with no early openings.
Opening times vary depending between locations, but they typically open their doors from 11am.
You can find your nearest Young’s pub by checking its website.
Young’s said it is already taking bookings and has seen a huge up-tick in the number of people wanting to secure a place in its boozers when they open.
Customers can book via the free app, pub website, over the phone or via email by entering in their postcode.
Punters will have to follow a strict set of rules when pubs and restaurants do open again.
Even for outdoor bookings, boozers must only offer table service and social distancing will still need to be observed.