Is Greene King open? Pub opening hours and table booking advice

GREENE Kings pubs will not be opening tomorrow even though the government has given them the go-ahead.

Tomorrow is Super Saturday, meaning Brits can finally sit in their local and order a pint three months after they were ordered to temporarily close amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Pubs have been given permission to reopen from 6am tomorrow but not all of them will be doing so.

Restaurants and cafes are also allowed to start serving customers again and not just for takeaways.

Greene King isn't planning on welcoming back customers until Monday to give landlords and managers enough time to make sure branches are "Pubsafe" – or Covid-19 secure.

A spokesperson for the chain said: "We have decided to open our managed pubs from Monday July 6 so we can open as many as possible with our Pubsafe promises in place for the safety of our customers and team members.

"We look forward to welcoming back customers to our pubs and providing that great hospitable pub experience we all love."

It hopes to open 1,294 of its 1,700 pubs around the UK at the start of next week.

The remaining third of its pubs will be open at a later date but it's not yet been confirmed.

Only pubs in England are allowed to reopen from tomorrow, while Scots will have to wait until July 15 before being allowed to take orders again.

Boozers in Wales are hoping to open from July 13, whereas bars in Northern Ireland reopened yesterday.

What time will Greene King pubs be opening?

Greene King pubs will be operating their normal opening hours once the lockdown has been lifted.

These aren't the same across all branches so you'll need to check with your local to find out what time it will be opening.

You can find your nearest Greene King pub using the locator tool here.

Can I book a table?

Greene King is encouraging punters to book a table via the app to stop overcrowding.

This will help customers maintain social distancing and reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

It started accepting bookings via its app at midday on June 26.

The app is free to download – all you need to do is select your local and let them know what time you'd like to visit.

You don't have to book a table but if you turn up at busier times of the day you may have to queue outside.

Will the pubs be different than they were before lockdown?

Greene King has gone to huge efforts to make their pubs safe for customers and staff – you can see what it will look like here.

The seating capacity has been reduced to around 60 per cent and perspex screens have been put up between tables.

A host will be on hand at the entrance of the pub to welcome each customer, show them to their table and manage queues.

Customers will enter and leave the building via a one-way system, with new markers on the floor telling them which way to go.

At most branches, menus will be reduced by around 20 per cent with changes including fewer roast dinner options on a Sunday, or a more limited number of burgers to choose from.

When it comes to ordering, customers are being encouraged to use the free Order and Pay app on their smartphone – this lets you order food and drink without leaving your table.

Customers can still use the bar, which is also fitted with perspex screens, although you’ll be asked to pay with card or contactless where possible.

A Greene King spokesperson added: "We can’t wait to open our doors and feel the buzz that is so unique to the British pub experience."


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