Bosses of a popular pub chain have revealed they plan to open 700 beer gardens next week as Covid restrictions ease.

Pubs can welcome customers to outdoor beer gardens from Monday, April 12, according to the roadmap out of lockdown as set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

And Marston’s said it plans to reopen 700 of its beer gardens – around 70 per cent of its 1,000 managed and franchised pubs.

Coventry has a number of Marston’s pubs, including Biggin Hall in Binley Road, Stoke, New Spires in Grayswood Avenue, the Penny Farthing in Gramercy Park, the Town Crier in Corporation Street, the Vale in Nod Rise and Ye Olde Saracen’s Head in Balsall Common.

The 700 pubs represent a large majority of the company’s pubs that have beer gardens or other outdoor serving areas.

A week ago, the business revealed it had carried out work at around 300 pubs to ensure their outdoor serving areas are able to safely host guests.

The company’s operations director Ed Hancock said: “There is no one size fits all, we have to think about how the space will be used and most importantly what guests are looking for.

“Moving through 2021 and beyond, external spaces will become even more valuable and the industry needs to continue to provide a safe, comfortable environment for guests.”

Marston’s said the remainder of its managed estate in England should open with restricted indoor trading around May 17, as long as the Government sticks to its plans.

The chain is assuming that normal tradition conditions will return on June 21.

The company also confirmed to investors that it has managed to secure financial waivers for several of its funding sources up until the beginning of next year.

This will buy the pub giant some time as it tries to restart operations after what may be the toughest year in history for the hospitality industry.

It will announce quarterly financial results on May 19.





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