Wetherspoons to extend opening hours at all pubs as it reopens 44 more gardens

WETHERSPOONS fans will be able to sip on their pints for longer as the pub chain will extend its opening hours from next week.

'Spoons will also reopen another 44 beer gardens from Monday for outdoor eating and drinking.

The new pub openings includes branches in Guildford, Ilkeston, Lincoln, Morecambe, Camborne, Driffield, Nottingham and Reading, as well as London.

And from April 26, boozers will be open for an extra hour in the evening, from 9am until 10pm on Sunday through to Thursday, and 9am to 11pm Friday to Saturday.

The extended opening hours apply to the newly opened branches as well as the 394 that opened on April 12.

Next Monday will also see 60 branches in Scotland and 32 in Wales open again as local coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.

Full list of pubs reopeing on April 26

WETHERSPOONS is reopening another 44 beer gardens in England from April 26. These are:

  • Moon Under Water, Leicester Square, London
  • Last Post, Southend 
  • Wetherspoons, Milton Keynes
  • Richard John Blackler, Liverpool
  • Reginald Mitchell, Hanley 
  • Grey Friar, Preston 
  • Three Magnets, Letchworth 
  • Thomas Sheraton, Stockton 
  • Skylark, Croydon 
  • William Jameson, Sunderland 
  • Red Lion, Skegness 
  • Rising Sun, Redditch
  • Rodboro Buildings, Guildford 
  • Friar Penketh, Warrington 
  • Holland Tringham, Streatham, London
  • Swan Inn, Weymouth
  • Hope Tap, Reading 
  • Gate Clock, Greenwich, London
  • Lord John, Stroud
  • Paramount, Manchester 
  • Observatory, Ilkeston 
  • Mockbeggar Hall, Moreton
  • Rockingham Arms, Elephant & Castle, London 
  • Mail Rooms, Ross on Wye
  • Rupert Brooke, Rugby
  • Columbia Press, Watford 
  • Goodmans Field, London
  • Plough, Hammersmith, London
  • Ivy Wall, Spalding 
  • Fall Well, Liverpool 
  • Square Sail, Lincoln 
  • Amber Rooms, Loughborough 
  • Eric Bartholomew, Morecambe 
  • Clairville, Wallasey 
  • Old Market Hall, Mexborough 
  • John Francis Basset, Camborne
  • Benjamin Fawcett Driffield 
  • Man in the Wall, Wimborne
  • Butter Cross,Bingham 
  • Trent Bridge Inn, West Bridgford 
  • High Main, Byker 
  • Six Gold Marlets, Burgess Hill 
  • Lady Chatterley, Eastwood 
  • Hope & Champion, Beaconsfield 

Three pubs in Northern Ireland will also open again but not until April 30 in line with local lockdown rules.

The development means 533 of the 871 'Spoons pubs around the UK will be open again.

Punters will be able to order food and drink at the newly reopened branches, although they will be running a reduced menu.

While customers will still be able to tuck into a fry up, fish and chips or a beef burger, its range of curries, mixed grills and steaks will be missing from the menu.

Pubs in England that only have space for indoor seating won't be able to reopen until May 17 at the earliest under PM's roadmap out of lockdown.

In England, pubs that reopen 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.

While some pubs and restaurant chains are 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.

Customers will only be able to go inside a Wetherspoons to gain access to the outdoors area and use the toilets.

Punters 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.

Like before, pubs will be providing hand sanitiser for customers to use while having a drink.

It's also worth noting that some pubs may have to close earlier depending on local closing time restrictions unrelated to the pandemic.

Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to opening the extra pubs in England as well as those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”

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