EAGER Brits have flocked to their local pub as lockdown restricions have eased, allowing punters to drink in the pub garden.
However, with parts of the UK still facing cold weather and even snow, sitting outside isn’t the most desirable.
Thankfully, a number of pubs are welcoming guests with outdoor heaters, covered outdoor areas and protection from the elements.
Pubs are currently only allowed to serve outdoors with shelters, marquees, and other temporary structures needing half their walls open to count.
Holiday booking site, LateRooms.com has launched an interactive map as part of the Great British All-Weather Pub Guide, showing 70 of the best British pubs with amenities to make an outdoor session more bearable.
Using TripAdvisor and Google reviews, they collated the best weather-proof pubs and bars to avoid getting cold and wet this spring.
If you want to find the best pub near you which is perfect for all weather, you can find the interactive map here.
It is worth noting that only English pubs have been able to open their pub gardens, with Wales and Scotland to follow suit from April 26.
The five of the best have also been revealed in the UK, according to drinkers – in London, Pergola Paddington is a top contender with a fully covered seating area outside, while Manchester’s Escape to Freight Island has 80,000sqft of outdoor area with covers.
Liverpool’s Soho Liverpool and Leeds’ Water Lane Boathouse were also praised for their huge outdoor space with a covering, while Birmingham’s Hennessey’s has an addition of a large outdoor screen with heaters.
It is also worth noting that some pubs are requiring guests to prebook – leading to some selling out until the end of summer – or not allowing bookings, resulting in huge queues.
Some Wetherspoons had two-hour-long queues to enter the pub gardens, while more than 100 students queued for just 20 tables at The Friendship Inn in Fallowfield, Manchester.
However, some pubs face being shut or fined £10,000 if punters break social distancing rules.
Matthew Fox, CEO of LateRooms, said: “It is great that our pubs and bars are finally allowed to re-open for outdoor service, however we know how unpredictable the British weather can be, which is why we decided to hunt down some of the best all-weather outdoor spots, so Brits can safely enjoy a pint with their friends and family without fear of being washed out, or catching a chill.”
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The easing of lockdown restrictions also means UK holidays can go ahead now, with self-catered properties open to single-households.
Holidays abroad are going to have to wait a bit longer, as they haven’t been given the go ahead.