How pubs and restaurants will welcome 4m people from Monday

For drinkers and diners alike, it’s the day they have long been waiting for. With pubs and restaurants reopening for outdoor service tomorrow, the long months of biding their time come to an end – at least for those lucky enough to have a booking. Figures compiled by hospitality industry website Caterer.com show that four … Read more

Pubs boss Hugh Osmond plans £300m Homebase bid

Pubs boss Hugh Osmond plans £300m Homebase bid as DIY chain sees boom in sales during lockdown Hugh Osmond is one of a number of potential buyers interested in Homebase  A City source said the price tag is between £200million to £300million  Homebase was rescued by Hilco Capital in 2018 for a nominal £1  By … Read more

Pubs gear up for al fresco drinking as 75% of punters say they’ve struggled to secure seats

Britons will be back basking in a mini-heatwave next week as pub gardens are finally set to reopen – but only if you’ve managed to grab a seat. Pub-goers will be able to return to their favourite local for the first time in months from Monday as the country enters its second phase of lockdown easing, … Read more

Fare deal! Uber offers half-price rides to 150 pubs reopening from April 12

Uber is offering half-price rides to 150 pubs across the country in a bid to get locked-down Brits back out drinking when venues finally reopen next week. The ride-sharing app has launched a campaign to help get England’s boozers back on their feet, with the wider hospitality sector decimated by restrictions in recent months. Many … Read more

Pubs face ‘Hobson’s choice’ on Covid passports

Pubs and restaurants in Britain could face having to decide whether to operate profitably by scrapping social-distancing in exchange for having to police Covid-19 vaccine passports themselves. The Government has said the passport schemes could be introduced in hospitality settings in return for ‘reduced social distancing requirements’ – but industry leaders say this will leave … Read more

Lack of light pollution from pubs and restaurants during lockdown has made stars more visible

Why more of us are seeing stars: Lack of light pollution from pubs and restaurants during lockdown is a boon for skygazers Study found 1 in 20 counting stars at home could see more than 30 in dark areas A countryside charity conducted study with 8,000 participants counting stars It found 49% of participants could … Read more

Matt Hancock summoned to High Court to justify why non-essential shops can reopen before pubs

Matt Hancock has been summoned to the High Court to justify why non-essential shops will be allowed to open before the full return of pubs and restaurants. It comes after Pizza Express founder Hugh Osmond and nightclubs operator Sacha Lord launched a legal challenge claiming the Government has ‘failed’ to provide evidence for delaying the … Read more

Tens of millions of pints are being delivered to pubs in England ahead of ‘Alfresco April’

Barrels of fun! Tens of millions of pints are being delivered to pubs in England ahead of ‘Alfresco April’ when boozers open their gardens on Glorious 12th Pubs across Britain are receiving tens of millions of pints ready for drinkers Breweries are working around the clock to prepare for start of Alfresco April More than … Read more

Most pubs WON’T reopen on April 12, industry bosses warn

Most pubs WON’T reopen on April 12: Industry bosses warn 60% of boozers will not welcome back customers because they won’t have enough space British Beer and Pub Association says 75% of pubs have garden or outside space But only 40% of venues have one large enough to be able to make enough cash Therefore, it … Read more

Covid lockdown Wales: Pubs and restaurants will reopen on April 26

Key dates as the Welsh lockdown is eased  April 12 Schools can fully reopen to all pupils following Easter while all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres and university campuses will be able to open for blended face-to-face and online learning for all students; All remaining non-essential shops can reopen; Close … Read more