In the final recording of our series following one West Sussex pub through lockdown, MA editor Ed Bedington went back to the Lockhart Tavern in Haywards Heath to find out whether their decision to delay reopening by a few weeks has paid off.
Co-founded by cricketers Harry Gurney and current England international Stuart Broad, the Midlands-based Cat & Wickets Pub Company has recorded stronger than expected takings straight off the bat after reopening on 4 July.
Despite celebrating his tenth year at the Castle Inn in Skipton, North Yorkshire, during lockdown, operator Calvin Dow feels like a new-starter running his reopened pub under the Government’s ‘Covid-secure’ guidance.
Restored consumer confidence is the key to boosting levels of investment in the hospitality sector after a 6% – roughly £800m – year-on-year hit according to OakNorth Bank’s senior debt finance director.
The owner of an award-winning clifftop Cornish pub in Crantock near Newquay claims Government guidelines for hospitality operators have created a ‘much more civilised atmosphere’ at her pub post-lockdown.