Brits face battle for entry to rammed pub gardens as boozers get booked up fast

Thirsty Brits desperate for a pint may have to wait even longer to get back in the pub after boozers open their doors to punters again on April 12.

Pub gardens are set to be fully booked for weeks when they reopen in mid-April as punters gasping to wet their whistle have booked up outside tables for weeks.

Restaurants and pubs with outdoor seating are set to open on April 12 at the earliest according to the government's roadmap to unlocking the country.

Indoor restaurant and pub spaces will reopen on May 17 at the earliest, and all covid restrictions will be lifted on June 21 at the earliest, if covid cases remain low and government requirements are met.

But as Brits gear up to go back to their favourite boozers, some pub chains have reported they are "absolutely chocka" with bookings.

The Daily Mail reports Fuller's is seeing a "high level of bookings" following the April 12 reopening.

Restaurant chain D&D, which owns the Bluebird Cafe in Chelsea, has seen upwards of 50,000 bookings in its restaurants throughout April, going into May.

TV chef Rick Stein who owns restaurants across England said his eight spots in Cornwall have seen 20,000 bookings in the last week alone.

Even if you can get a booking in a boozer, the experience won't be back to normal quite yet.

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Strict social distancing measures will be in place in all restaurants and table service will be mandatory.

But the 10pm curfew is set to be scrapped and you won't have to order a so-called substantial meal in order to enjoy a pint.

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  • As well as Fuller's, Young's is also taking bookings for April onwards online.

    But for punters struggling to find a table, all hope is not lost.

    Budget pub chain Wetherspoon and popular chicken restaurant Nando's are sticking to their walk-in policy.

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