Almost half of JDW estate to reopen for outside trading from 12 April

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Looking ahead: the pub group stated outside areas at nearly 400 of its sites will reopen next month (April), once lockdown restrictions are eased
Looking ahead: the pub group stated outside areas at nearly 400 of its sites will reopen next month (April), once lockdown restrictions are eased

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Pub giant JD Wetherspoon (JDW) will be reopening outdoor areas in almost half (45%) of its pubs from Monday 12 April.

Beer gardens, roof top gardens and patios at 394 of its sites in England will be open from 9am until 9pm Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

The Government's roadmap will allow pubs to trade outside only, with the rule of six and table service in place.

However, some of these venues have restrictions on closing times and in those cases, will be shut earlier.

The food offer will be slightly reduced and will include breakfast, burgers, pizza, deli deals, fish and chips alongside British classics, which will be available from 9am to 8pm every day.

Ordering plans

Customers will be able to order and pay for their drinks and meals through the JDW app but staff will also be able to take orders and payments at the table for guests who do not have the app.

A booking system will not be in place and customers will be able to access the outside area and use the toilet.

The pubs will also have Test and Trace in place alongside hand sanitisers available throughout the sites.

JDW chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”

Site investment

This follows the group announced it is set to start developing a Leeds pub, spending £1.8m​ and creating about 60 jobs in the process.

The Stick or Twist in Merrion Way first opened in 1997 but was demolished to create a new unit with student accommodation above.

The pub group will start building work on 5 April with the site expected to reopen in the summer (6 July).

As part of the refurbishment, the open kitchen will be double its original size and the overall site will be 25% bigger than the original and offer 4,000sq ft of customer space on one level.

It will also have outside terraces to the front and side of the building with bifold doors opening onto it from the pub.

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