Greene King has announced plans to reopen 442 of its pubs once lockdown restrictions ease – including 14 here in Hertfordshire.
From April 12, pubs and restaurants have been given the green light to open for outdoor service under Boris Johnson’s four-stage roadmap out of lockdown.
The 442 pubs represent around a third of the Greene King estate where outdoor space is available.
Customers will be able to book a garden table online from Friday, March 26, although people will also be able to visit the pub outdoors without an advance booking.
Some pubs will be operating under reduced opening hours and menus and this information, along with how to book, will be updated on the Greene King Hub and on individual pubs’ websites over the coming days.
Drinkers will only be able to meet in groups of six or two households, according to Government regulations.
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Under the strict rules, only table service will be permitted and social distancing will also still need to be observed.
However, the 10pm curfew, which received criticism from publicans and drinkers last time around, will be scrapped.
And, when unveiling his roadmap plan in February, the Prime Minister said the Scotch egg debate had been ended once and for all as he confirmed customers won’t have to order a substantial meal with alcohol.
Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie said: “It’s great that we can finally open outdoor areas in some of our pubs after such a long period of lockdown and we can’t wait to start welcoming our customers back, safely.
“Sadly, we can only open around a third of our estate in April where we have outdoor space that will work and have a chance of being viable, but we know the vital role pubs play in communities and feel it’s important to open as many as we can to help people get back together once again.
“We look forward to May when we can open many more of our pubs, and the all-important return to normality in June when the restrictions are fully removed, and we can start to rebuild our businesses. Until then, we all have our fingers crossed for sunshine and warm temperatures in April.”
Greene King Pub Partners tenants, who make up a further 875 pubs across England, will also be deciding on an individual basis whether to reopen their outdoor areas from 12 April, and are not included in the 442 managed pubs total.
The plans to reopen pubs is part of the second stage of the roadmap plan. The first stage, which began on March 8 and has included the reopening of schools, will be assessed by the Government in the coming weeks as to its effectiveness before we can move onto stage two.
All the Greene King pubs set to reopen in Hertfordshire from April 12
The interactive map below shows all the Greene King pubs that have been earmarked for reopening from April 12 in Herts.
There are 14 across the county, reports the Sun.
- Doctors Tonic, (Welwyn Garden City)
- George IV, (Baldock)
- Green Man, (Great Offley)
- Harvest Moon, (Bishop’s Stortford)
- Plume Of Feathers, (Tewin)
- Punch House, (Ware)
- Red House, (Croxley Green)
- Red Lion, (Stevenage)
- Rye House, (Hoddesdon)
- Swan, (Abbots Langley)
- Three Horse Shoes, (Spellbrook)