Most UK restaurants, pubs to go bankrupt

LONDON: Almost three quarters of UK pubs and restaurants expect to shut permanently next year following damaging coronavirus restrictions, an industry poll indicated on Thursday.

The British Beer and Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping and UK Hospitality said in a statement that 72 per cent of surveyed businesses “expect to become unviable and close in 2021.”

The survey, conducted by market research company CGA, also showed that pubs and other hospitality businesses want the UK government to provide more support.

CGA polled 446 businesses representing more than 20,000 venues nationwide during November.

“The evidence is here to see of the devastating, long-term impact the government’s restrictions are having on hospitality and pub businesses,” the three trade organisations said in a statement.

“Without a change in approach and more support from government, much of our sector could be gone within a year – that means businesses and jobs lost plus much-loved venues closed forever.”

English pubs temporarily closed their doors on Nov 5 as the country effectively shut down for the second time this year to try to curb spiking Covid-19 infection rates.

The current lockdown has also shuttered restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops and services until Dec 2, with hopes business could resume in time for Christmas.

To help cushion the blow, the government has rolled out a new multi-billion-pound support package by extending its furlough jobs scheme paying the bulk of workers’ wages until the end of March. – AFP

Source: Most UK restaurants, pubs to go bankrupt | New Straits Times

Are rural English pubs a thing of antiquity?

Rural pubsLandlords across the country are stuck between a rock, and a hard place with pubs fastly becoming an endangered species.

Rural English pubs are on a life support machine, and the visitors have long stopped coming by. Much like a vegetative patient, there’s understandable pain and anguish at the idea of letting them go. But deep down, we know we hardly visited them when they were alive. So, there comes a point when it’s best to turn off the machine.

Nicki and Oliver Wolfe have run a 13th Century pub in North Devon since the early ’90s when the village pub truly was the beating heart of the community. Those days, Nicki would come through to their adjoining house after her busy shift in the kitchen smelling of chip fat, and Oliver pulled pint after pint while inhaling the second-hand smoke of others. Continue reading

The nine amazing pubs that are worth leaving Essex to visit

There are some real gems here

We have plenty of great pubs in Essex but what about if you fancy going a little bit further out for your pint?

There are some fantastic pubs just outside of the county, which are well worth travelling that bit further for.

From beautiful country inns serving delicious food to pretty places by the water, there are some real hidden gems to discover if you’re happy to venture a few miles out for a trip with the family.

Don’t worry though, these aren’t too far away. You could still get a bus or train home in good time.

According to the latest coronavirus lockdown rules, up to six individuals are allowed to meet while following social distancing measures.

Each pub will have adapted their layouts and venues to adhere to the rules, so be sure to visit their website beforehand to check what the changes are.

The Dog and Duck

63 High Street, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4HS

What’s it like? What an attractive little pub. The Dog and Duck is set in an old inn, painted white with a traditional, thatched roof. It’s lovely in the summer and equally stunning in the winter – if it snows, it’s like a quintessential English village pub. It’s known for its homemade, fresh, local food and it stocks a good range of craft beers and real ales.

What do the reviews say? “What a great little gastro pub.  I enjoyed the scallops and home make chicken and leek pie, all washed down with two different glasses of white wine. This place is a little gem.”

How far is it from Essex? 35 minutes from Great Dunmow.

At the moment, the pub is operating with gazebos, beach huts and tables in the car park and garden and advise visitors to book before they arrive.

Find out more here. Continue reading

The best coastal pubs across England where you can sit on the beach with a pint


BRITS have been enjoying a pint in the pub with friends and family after they were able to reopen last weekend. 

As temperatures also begin to increase, pubs are expected to get even busier, especially during the summer holidays

Thankfully, many establishments have pub gardens which punters can make the most of.

Out of 47,000 pubs in the UK there are 27,000 with gardens, according to The British Beer & Pub Association – great news for people trying to maintain social distancing.

Even better, are pubs which have beaches for their pub gardens, with views of the sea from the bar.

Here are the best coastal pubs to make the most of this summer while sinking your feet into the sand.

The Old Neptune, Whitstable, Kent

The Old Neptune is a favourite of locals and tourists alike thanks to its seats on the pebble beach

The Old Neptune is a favourite of locals and tourists alike thanks to its seats on the pebble beach Credit: Alamy


The Victorian pub is a favourite with locals, with its ‘pub garden’ being the pebble beach.

Due to its proximity to the sea, it has been damaged a lot over the years – and in 1897 was completely washed away.

However the current pub has been restored using pieces of the previous building, and now rests further up the shore.

Thankfully, many establishments have pub gardens which punters can make the most of.

Out of 47,000 pubs in the UK there are 27,000 with gardens, according to The British Beer & Pub Association – great news for people trying to maintain social distancing.

Even better, are pubs which have beaches for their pub gardens, with views of the sea from the bar.

Here are the best coastal pubs to make the most of this summer while sinking your feet into the sand.

Zetland Arms, Kingsdown, Kent

Zetland Arms is one of the few buildings on the stretch of beach in Kent

Zetland Arms is one of the few buildings on the stretch of beach in Kent
Credit: Handout


Also in Kent is the Zetland Arms, whose walled front garden is placed on the top of the beach.

It has unobstructed views of the sea, and is perfect for a socially distanced drink.

It might not be around forever, with Kingsdown being badly affected by flooding due to global warming. Continue reading

‘Let’s not blow it,’ says Boris Johnson as English pubs reopen

PM gives Downing Street press conference as lockdown measures are eased again

Boris Johnson has implored people to behave responsibly and safely as England’s chief medical officer admitted Saturday’s easing of the lockdown left the country treading a narrow path with serious risks “on either side”.

In a press conference on the eve of changes that will allow restaurants, pubs and bars to reopen for the first time since March, the prime minister insisted “we are not out of the woods yet”.

“Let’s not blow it,” he said. Continue reading