It’s been a tough year for the hospitality industry, with venues across the country struggling after being closed for large periods during the pandemic.
But as part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, thousands of pubs and restaurants are now open once more for outdoors dining.
And more pubs are opening up just in time for the first May bank holiday weekend.
Pub giant Greene King has announced it will be reopening a further eight of its pubs in Essex this Thursday (April 29).
These pubs will follow in the footsteps of The Bull, in Hockley, which has been open since April 12.
Customers are able to book a garden table online now, as well as turning up without a booking.
Some branches will have reduced opening hours and menus, and this information along with how to book, will be on individual pubs’ websites.
Here is the full list of Greene King pubs opening on April 29
The Sandmartin -Thurrock
The Rose Inn – Great Wakering
The Inn on the Green – Billericay
The Windmill – Upminster
The Rose & Crown – Woodford Green
The Boars Head – Herongate
The Dog & Pheasant – Colchester
The Swan Inn – Stanway
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Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie said: “We are really pleased to be able to reopen further pubs outdoors and welcome back more our customers in time for the bank holiday weekend.
“Sadly, we are still not able to open a larger amount of our estate in April, 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 are still looking forward to Monday 17 May when we will be able to 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 hope for good weather for the bank holiday and onwards!”
Customers are encouraged to guarantee their place in a Greene King pub garden by booking from 2pm on Tuesday, April 27 to ensure they don’t miss out.
In addition to the 452 pubs that opened on Monday, April 12, the total number of Greene King pubs open in England will increase to 558 on Thursday, with two further pubs opening for takeaway only. This total represents just over a third of Greene King’s managed pubs in England.
More information on which pubs will be reopening can be found here.