Greene King to open 51 outdoor areas in April

PUB Company Greene King – parent company of Belhaven – has announced that it will reopen outdoor areas in 51 of its Scottish managed pubs on 26th April.

The company, which operates 125 managed pubs in Scotland in addition to its estate of 120 leased and tenanted pubs, will be opening bookings for the outdoor areas from 9th April.

Several of the company’s leased and tenanted pubs are also expected to open outdoor areas in April, but this will be decided on an individual basis.

“We’re excited to be able to reopen outdoor spaces at over 50 of our managed pubs in Scotland and can’t wait to welcome our customers back safely to enjoy a pint in a beer garden without the legal requirement to buy a meal as well,” said Greene King chief executive, Nick Mackenzie.

“Sadly, just over half of our managed pubs Scotland won’t be able to reopen in April as they either don’t have outdoor space or there is no prospect of them being viable, but we know the vital role pubs play in communities and feel it’s important to open as many as we can to help people get back together once again.

“We look forward to May when we can open many more of our pubs, and with England planning a return to normality in June when the restrictions are fully removed, we hope that a similar lifting of restrictions can also take place in Scotland over the summer to allow businesses to rebuild.

“Until then, here’s hoping the weather in May is kind and allows plenty of opportunities to visit a pub garden.”