Wetherspoons updates outdoor seating hours for The Wouldhave in South Shields
Punters are set to benefit from an extra hour’s drinking time after pub chain JD Wetherspoon as updates its outdoor hospitality policy.
The company opened 394 of its pubs with outdoor seating areas in England on Monday April 12, including The Wouldhave in Mile End Road, South Shields
Originally the chain’s premises were opening from 9am to 9pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9am to 10pm Friday and Saturday.
But from April 26, opening times are being extended by an hour.
Wetherspoon pubs in England will be open from 9am to 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 9am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, unless restrictions are in place on particular venues.
The Wouldhave and other Wetherspoon bars are offering a ‘slightly reduced menu’, including breakfast, burgers, pizza, deli deals, fish and chips and ‘British classics’.
No booking system is in place.
Drinkers and diners can order and pay through the Wetherspoon app, but staff are on hand to take orders and payment at the table from those who don’t have the app.
Customers can enter the pub’s indoor areas to use the toilet.
Test and trace will be in operation and hand sanitisers will be available.
The Wetherspoon chain is also opening a further 44 pubs in England on April 26, along with 60 of its pubs in Scotland and 32 in Wales.
Three Wetherspoon pubs in Northern Ireland will open on Friday April 30.
It will result in 533 of the company’s 871 pubs being open.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to opening the extra pubs in England as well as those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”