Wetherspoons, Young’s and Greene King confirm whether you can book a table when they reopen


BRITS desperate for a pub pint will be wanting to know how to book a table at their local on the day boozers are allowed to reopen.

The Government’s four-step plan to open businesses was revealed by the Prime Minister last month.

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Wetherspoons pubs won't be accepting table bookings for when they reopen

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Wetherspoons pubs won’t be accepting table bookings for when they reopenCredit: Getty – Contributor

Restaurants and pubs will be allowed to reopen for outdoor bookings on April 12, with indoor bookings resuming from May 17.

However, the PM stressed that benchmark numbers for Covid cases, hospital admissions, vaccinations and deaths, will need to be met before each step in his plan can be taken.

Despite giving businesses a date to aim for, Harvester and Toby Carvery owners Mitchells & Butlers slammed the plans for “yet again pushing the hospitality sector’s reopening to the back of the queue”.

Even so, within hours of the announcement, eager pub goers rushed to book tables at pubs and restaurants for when they reopen.

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For independent pubs you’ll need to check their website to find out exactly when they plan to reopen and whether they’re accepting bookings.

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about booking a table at a Young’s, Weatherspoons or Greene King pub.

Greene King

Greene King is still deciding on when pubs will reopen, either in April or May

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Greene King is still deciding on when pubs will reopen, either in April or MayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Greene King has not confirmed whether it will open pubs that have outdoor space for al fresco bookings on April 12.

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It has also not confirmed if boozers will open by May 17 when the Government guidelines change.

We’ve contacted Greene King for their latest update and will add to this page when we know more.

For now, punters are unable to make a booking for mid-April on wards but this will change once Greene King finalises its plan.

Customers will then be able to book a table via the free app or website by entering the postcode.

Alternatively, you can call your local branch and make a booking over the phone.

In July, Greene King pubs opened two days after they were officially allowed to, giving branches enough time to make sure they were Covid-19 safe.

There are 1,700 Greene King branches across the UK. You can find your nearest one using the locator tool.

Wetherspoons

Wetherspoons will open almost 400 in pubs England for outdoor service from April 12 when lockdown restrictions ease.

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.

Boozers will be open from 9am until 9pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 9am until 10pm on Friday to Saturday.  

Pubs reopening in April must offer table service under the Government’s Covid-secure guidelines.

Wetherspoons customers will be able to pay through the free app, although staff members will still be on hand to take orders and payment at the table.

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While some pubs and restaurant chains are already accepting bookings, ‘Spoons won’t be.

Instead, customers will have to wait until they turn up at a branch before finding out whether there’s a free table.

It means punters may be asked to wait outside until space frees up at busier times.

Pubs are not allowed to open for indoor bookings until May 17, but customers will be able to go inside a Wetherspoons to gain access to the outdoors area and use the toilets.

Customers can also expect to be asked to handover contact details for the test and trace system, so authorities can track and monitor any coronavirus outbreaks.

Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”

A spokesperson previously told The Sun they are confident branches will open on May 17 when indoor bookings are allowed.

We’ve compiled a list of all the Wetherspoons pub opening for outdoor service from April 12 and you can find your local using the free locator tool.

Young’s

Young's pubs are already taking bookings for when they reopen in spring

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Young’s pubs are already taking bookings for when they reopen in springCredit: Rex Features

Young’s brewery has announced it will be taking reservations for bookings from April 12.

Reservations will be for outdoor dining only.

You can book a table for up to six people from multiple households or a table for up to 10 people from two households, the brewery said.

In a statement, they added: “We can’t wait to welcome you back to the pubs with open arms.

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Young’s pub previously confirmed that all 200 branches will welcome back customers once again from May 17 with full food and drink menus.

Indoor bookings can be made from May 17.

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.

Indoor bookings can be made from May 17. You can find your nearest Young’s pub using the locator tool.

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.

In better news, the hated 10pm curfew will be scrapped and drinkers won’t have to order a substantial meal with their alcohol, putting an end to the Scotch egg debate.

Pubs WILL be able to serve takeaway pints on April 12 when beer gardens open





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