In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Scottish university students told not to go to pubs
University students in Scotland have been told to avoid going to pubs, bars and restaurants this weekend in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Weekly takings at pubs and restaurants down 40%
As pubs, bars and restaurants in England reopen, the latest data suggests that like-for-like sales are down 39.8% on the same period last year, but there is some positive news.
Three pubs close again after positive Covid tests
Three pubs in England have had to close once again after receiving calls from punters who have subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
10 London wine-focused pubs and bars to visit when they reopen
We round up 10 of the best wine-focused pubs and bars in London which you should put on your list to visit when they reopen.
Young’s plans to reopen pubs in August
UK pub company Young’s said it is confident it can return to profitable growth by 2022 as it plans to reopen sites in August.
Pub groups to spend millions as lockdown eases
Pub groups are now preparing to reopen in July when (and if) the government gives them the go-ahead, and each have their own approach to social distancing.
HK bars and pubs to shut for 14 days
The Hong Kong government has announced a two-week closure of all bars and pubs starting from 6pm on 3 April, after reports that over 52% of recent Covid-19 cases have been linked to the on-trade.
What can and can’t stay open in the UK?
This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked all “non-essential” shops in the UK to close, but there has been some dispute over what that means.
Irish government asks all pubs to close due to coronavirus
As part of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Irish government has advised that all pubs should close until 29 March 2020.
UK pub and bar numbers rise for first time in 10 years
The number of pubs and bars operating in the UK rose for the first time in a decade last year, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics.
HK property developer acquires Greene King
A Hong Kong billionaire has announced plans to acquire British brewer Greene King for almost £3 billion.