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Some Pubs Set To Open At Midnight On 12 April As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

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Some Pubs Set To Open At Midnight On 12 April As Coronavirus Restrictions Ease

We all know that pubs in England are allowed to start welcoming customers back into their outdoor spaces from 12 April, but some are taking things even further by throwing open their garden doors at midnight on Monday morning for drinkers who want to get a head start.

OK, so it's been a long time since anyone has been in a pub properly in the UK, but it takes some serious dedication to drag your arse down to the pub for a 12am start.

However, that's exactly what a few pubs are offering to their long-awaited customers.

The Kentish Belle, a micropub in South London, has already announced on Twitter that it's been taking bookings for tables between 12 midnight and 3.00am after sorting a licence to operate over 24 hours, as a one-off thing.

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However, there are other venues that already have a 24 -hour licence, so they might consider maximising the time and letting punters in at just after midnight.

The Showtime, a pub in Huddersfield, is another place to get a pint in the dead of night, according to The Sun.

In order to get stuck into this, the pubs in question have to possess a 24-hour licence - as we've covered - and also have an outdoor space, which will hopefully be covered too.

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Remember - the weather hasn't exactly been fantastic over the past few days, has it?

That's going to make it a cold outdoor pint for anyone willing to brave the early April elements in the middle of the night.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Just stick on your big coat and you should be fine, though.

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For the rest of us, who prefer a more ordinary kick-off time, there will be plenty of options to choose from.

Around 40 percent of the pubs in England will be opening in some capacity. For starters, every Wetherspoon pub with an outdoor area - that's 396 of them - will open at 9.00am on 12 April.

Youngs will be opening 140 pubs under their ownership at 11.00am, and others will follow.

In fact, thirsty pubgoers are expected to get through as many as 15 million pints next week, and the booze brewers have been rushing to get stock in.

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Credit: PA

JW Lees, a brewery that owns 150 pubs and hotels in Manchester and beyond, has sent off about 57,600 pints of ale for drinkers to tear straight into.

Head brewer Michael Lees-Jones said: "We had to keep our fingers crossed and hope the Government stuck to the roadmap to supply pubs."

Well, the day is nearly upon us. Let's just hope that the April weather plays ball.

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Topics: UK News, England, Pubs, Coronavirus, Food And Drink, Weird, Covid-19

Tom Wood
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