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Which Greene King and J D Wetherspoon pubs will reopen from April 12?




Greene King and JD Wetherspoon have confirmed which of their Cambridgeshire pubs will reopen from Monday April 12.

Under the government’s roadmap for lifting Covid-19 restrictions, outdoor drinking and dining will be allowed from that date, providing its four tests surrounding the virus and vaccination programme continue to be met.

Punters will be able to drink outdoors from April 12, providing the government's roadmap proceeds as planned
Punters will be able to drink outdoors from April 12, providing the government's roadmap proceeds as planned

Greene King, the Bury St Edmunds-based brewer and pub company, plans to reopen the outdoor space at 442 pubs across England - just under a third of its managed pubs estate, including 12 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

A garden table can be booked online for any of these from Friday March 26, although customers will also be able to visit without an advance booking.

The local Greene King pubs opening on April 12 will be

  • Boathouse - Cambridge
  • Boathouse - Peterborough
  • Bridge - Waterbeach
  • Fort St George - Cambridge
  • Golden Hind - Cambridge
  • Granta - Cambridge
  • Hartford Mill - Huntingdon
  • Milton Arms - Cambridge
  • Mulberry Tree Farm - Peterborough
  • Old Ferry Boat - St Ives
  • Red Lion - Grantchester
  • Robin Hood - Cherry Hinton

For a full list of Greene King pubs opening across the country, visit https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs-near-me/.

Greene King said some pubs will have reduced opening hours and menus, which will be indicated, along with booking details, on the Greene King site and the pubs’ websites in coming days.

If the virus stays under control, the government’s roadmap says pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues will be able to serve food and drink indoors from May 17, for groups of up to six people. All restrictions could be lifted by June 21 - if all goes according to plan.

Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie said: “It’s great that we can finally open outdoor areas in some of our pubs after such a long period of lockdown and we can’t wait to start welcoming our customers back, safely.

“Sadly, we can only open around a third of our estate in April where we have outdoor space that will work and have a chance of being viable, but we know the vital role pubs play in communities and feel it’s important to open as many as we can to help people get back together once again.

“We look forward to May when we can open many more of our pubs, and the all-important return to normality in June when the restrictions are fully removed, and we can start to rebuild our businesses. Until then, we all have our fingers crossed for sunshine and warm temperatures in April!”

A further 875 pubs across England are run by Greene King Pub Partners tenants, and they will make their own individual decisions on whether to reopen outdoor space from April 12.

Beer will be served to outdoor customers from April 12 - all being well
Beer will be served to outdoor customers from April 12 - all being well

J D Wetherspoon to reopen six local pubs, including The Regal in Cambridge

Meanwhile, J D Wetherspoon has confirmed the following pubs in Cambridgeshire are among 394 that will reopen outdoors from April 12:

  • College Arms - Peterborough
  • Draper’s Arms - Peterborough
  • George Hotel - Whittlesey
  • Hippodrome - March
  • Regal - Cambridge
  • Sandford House - Huntingdon

The roof garden will be open at The Regal pub in St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge.

Like all the pubs the chain will reopen from April 12, it will operate from 9am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday and 9am-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Food will be served seven days a week from 9am to 8pm, with a “slightly reduced” menu on offer, including breakfast, burgers, pizza, deli deals, fish and chips and British classics

The company said customers will be able to order and pay through the Wetherspoon app, although, staff will be able to take orders and payment at the table for those without it.

There will be no booking system and customers will be able to enter the pub to gain access to the outside area and to use the toilets.

Test and trace will be in operation and hand sanitisers made available.

Pub manager David Ormrod said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our customers and staff back after a long time away.”

For a full list of Wetherspoon pubs due to open, search this table.

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