Boozy Brits will shrug off chills and pack beer gardens to down 40million pints as pubs reopen next week – with the weather picking up just in time.
Drinkers will mob 20,000 pubs and 10,000 restaurants for outdoor rule-of-six sessions from next Monday, April 12, knocking back a pint for almost every adult in the country.
As beer gardens, roof terraces, patios, backyards, car parks and pavement tables open, temperatures will push 17C (63F) later next week.
The sunny weather will boost already busy bookings – and plenty of tables will be available at a host of pubs not allowing reservations – including all Wetherspoons.
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Before the pubs reopen for outdoor table service, we will have to endure a week-long Arctic barrage (pictured inset right) that is due to sweep the country from tomorrow.
But The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “Drinkers meeting friends at pubs from next Monday needn’t worry about the cold as the chilliest weather will be gone by then.
“Sunny spells and highs into the low teens are expected, which will feel pleasant enough in the sun, although there is a risk of few showers following.”
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A Met Office forecaster said: “Temperatures will lift nearer to average after next weekend, with conditions likely to turn drier. From April 17, temperatures may vary around average.”
Punters shared their joy at the prospect of raising a glass with pals. Grant Ward, from Northampton, tweeted: “Pub garden booked for pints with the lads. Absolutely buzzing – bring it on.”
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Wetherspoon’s, opening 394 of its 875 pubs, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming customers back. Table bookings are not taken at any of our pubs, with tables on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.”
Fuller’s, which will open 181 of its 392 boozers, said: “People can’t wait to get back to the pub. We’re taking a high level of bookings. We’ve invested heavily in our outside areas.”
Many bars have installed outdoor heaters, marquees and gazebos since lockdown began in anticipation of running an outdoor table service.
All customers aged over 16 will need to register with a Covid tracker. But 2020 rules about buying “a substantial meal” and 10pm curfews have been scrapped.
Half of Britain’s 40,000 boozers are set to reopen, with others unable to due to a lack of outdoor space, industry chiefs say.
About 40m pints are set to be poured in the first week of reopening, British Beer and Pub Association data trends show.
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