All the restaurant chains opening on April 12 for outside dining

RESTAURANTS and pubs have been given the green light to reopen for outside service from Monday, April 12.

Boris Johnson confirmed the plan for easing the country further towards normality during a Downing Street press conference this week.

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From May 17, restaurants will then be able to welcome customers inside for the first time in months.

It'll be a relief for boozers and drinkers who've not been able to sip on a pub pint since England was plunged into a third lockdown on January 4.

In areas that were placed into Tier 4 shortly after the second lockdown, the hospitality industry has been closed for even longer.

Throughout lockdown, restaurants and pubs have been able to offer takeaway and home delivery services – but some have chosen not to.

Timeline for businesses reopening after lockdown

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his roadmap for easing England out of lockdown.

Businesses will be allowed to reopen on the following dates, as long as the "four steps to freedom" are met.

April 12

  • Retail
  • Hospitality outdoors
  • Hairdressers
  • Zoos
  • Self-catered staycations with one household

May 17

  • Indoor hospitality
  • Indoor exercise gyms
  • Bingo halls
  • Cinemas
  • Sports stadiums to reopen but capped to 10,000 fans
  • Saunas
  • Spas

June 21

  • Nightclubs

Meanwhile, the plans to allow outdoor-only dining from Monday have previously been slammed by pub bosses.

In February, the owner of O'Neill's, Toby Carvery and Harvester also warned "a majority" of pubs and restaurants will stay shut due the restrictions.

If you're keen to eat or drink out from Monday, below we round up which food chains will open for outdoor dining.

ASK Italian

ASK Italian plans to open 41 out of 65 restaurants for outdoor service on April 12.

Customers will then be able to sit inside to eat and drink from May 17.

You can find your nearest ASK Italian branch by using its restaurant locator tool.

Byron

Byron has confirmed it will open 17 of its 20 restaurants from April 12 for outside seating – and some will have Brooklyn beer bars.

Restaurants will open with normal working hours, which are usually between 12pm until 9pm or 10pm. You can find your local here.

Last month, the chain said it had already seen an uptick in the number of bookings since the announcement.

The full list of Byron restaurants that will be opening on April 12 include:

  • Bury St Edmunds
  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • Lothian Road (Edinburgh)
  • Royal Mile (Edinburgh)
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Milton Keynes
  • Norwich
  • Old Brompton Road
  • Oxford
  • Salisbury
  • York
  • Waterloo
  • Southampton
  • Ipswich

Five Guys

Five Guys fans will be able to dine outdoors at 48 restaurants in England from April 12 – you can check out the full list here.

The fast food chain then plans to reopen the remaining 49 branches in England for indoor service from May 17.

Five Guys has 112 branches across the UK, of which 97 are in England, nine in Scotland, and three each in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Fans will be pleased to know that the full Five Guys menu will be available from Monday, including burgers, fries and milkshakes.

Franco Manca

The Franco Manca pizza chain will reopen its branches with outdoor dining spaces from Monday.

Around 40 of its 52 pizzeria's have some outside seating, but it's yet to confirm whether all of these will reopen.

Customers won't be able to book a table – instead, you can join a virtual queue when you're within 500 metres of a restaurant.

It'll then text you when your table is ready.

Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Firejacks

Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Firejacks – which are all owned by the Restaurant Group – will also reopen select restaurants on Monday.

The restaurant chains don't take table bookings though, so you'll need to pop in and hope there's a table.

We've listed the branches reopening for outdoor dining below.

The Restaurant Group has around 400 restaurants across the UK.

Which branches are opening for dine-in?

THE below Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Firejacks branches are reopening on Monday.

Chiquito

  • Bolton – Middlebrook
  • Peterborough – Pavilions West
  • Northampton Sixfields
  • Stoke – Potteries
  • Liverpool Edge Lane
  • Leicester
  • Rochester
  • Cheshire Oaks
  • Ashton Moss

Frankie & Benny's

  • Trafford Centre
  • Ashton Moss
  • Peterborough – Pavilions West
  • Birmingham – The Fort
  • Bury – The Rock
  • Wembley
  • Peterborough
  • Street – Clarks Village
  • Warrington – Burtonwood
  • Exeter – Marsh Barton
  • Oldham
  • Fareham
  • Doncaster
  • Portsmouth – Gunwhaf Quay
  • Leicester – Highcross
  • Trowbridge
  • Gillingham – Hempstead Valley
  • Birmingham – Plaza
  • Northampton – Riverside
  • Dudley
  • Rotherham
  • Denton (Fb)
  • Greenwich – Retail Park
  • Liverpool Edge Lane
  • Norwich – Riverside
  • Kings Lynn
  • Lincoln
  • Leicester
  • Plymouth
  • Basildon – Festival Park
  • Sheffield Arena
  • Kirkstall
  • Stevenage
  • Thanet
  • Cribbs Causeway
  • Aintree
  • Swindon
  • Colchester
  • Birmingham – Great Park
  • Cheshire Oaks
  • Ashford
  • Stoke – Trentham Gardens

Firejacks

  • Northampton Sixfields
  • Stevenage

Fuller's

Pub chain Fuller's plans to reopen more than 180 branches for al fresco dining and drinking on Monday.

As part of the plans, 181 of Fuller's pubs with gardens will welcome back punters again- plus another two will open for takeaway only.

The branches are located in cities and areas such as London and the South East – you can find the full list here.

Fuller's also opened for table bookings at the pubs for outdoor service, and you can book yours by using its branch locator tool on its website.

Greene King

Punters will be able to raise a glass with their mates or family in 442 Greene King pubs across England from Monday.

This only represents around a third of its estate where there is outdoor space available.

Some pubs will have reduced opening hours and menus which will be updated on their own individual website.

There are 1,700 Greene King pubs around the UK. You can find your nearest one by checking its branch locator tool.

Leon

Leon hopes to open 25 restaurants that have outdoor seating on April 12, which is around a third of its 60 plus branches.

The restaurants that will open include:

  • Bankside
  • Spitalfields
  • Tottenham Court Walk
  • Shepherd's Bush
  • More London Place
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Pancras Square
  • Brunswick Centre
  • Kensington Arcade
  • Carnaby
  • Ludgate
  • Regent Street
  • Victoria
  • Chancery Lane
  • Jubilee Place
  • Cheapside
  • Richmond
  • Strand
  • Eastcastle Street
  • Canary Wharf
  • Kingsway
  • Birmingham New Street
  • Oxford Cornmarket
  • Manchester Piccadilly

All Leon restaurants are currently open for takeaways and deliveries.

Marston's

Marston's plans to reopen 696 pubs for outdoor service on April 12 – around 70% of its estate in England.

The pub chain told The Sun branches will be operating its normal opening hours, except where they serve guests breakfast.

McDonald's

McDonald's plans to reopen 382 branches for outdoor seating with table service only on Monday.

It said there’ll be limited seating in some cases to make sure customers can socially distance.

McDonald’s is also urging customers keen to eat outdoors to order via the McDonald’s app to “minimise congestion” inside its restaurants.

If you do order at the kiosk, you must wear a face mask, unless you’re exempt.

McDonald’s said outdoor tables will be sanitised between use to help keep customers safe.

The chain recently reopened restaurants again for walk-in takeaways.

McDonald's has also still served customers through home delivery via Uber Eats and Just Eat, and drive-thrus.

Nando's

Nando's plans to reopen 267 restaurants for outdoor service from April 12.

There are currently 340 Nando's branches in the UK, some of which are open for takeaways and deliveries.

You can find out where to get your Nando's fix using the branch locator tool.

O'Neills

Four O’Neill’s pubs will reopen on April 12 – these are located in Bournemouth, Great Marlborough Street, Watford and Solihull.

More O’Neill’s pubs, which are owned by Mitchells & Butlers, will then reopen later in the month.

The Great Marlborough Street branch is set to open at 10am on Monday, while the rest will open at 12pm.

Punters are being urged to check opening times on its website though, and to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

There are 49 of the Irish bars across the UK. All of them are closed at the moment due to lockdown restrictions.

Pho

The Vietnamese-inspired restaurants will be opening branches that have outdoor seating from April 12.

The restaurants will be operating normal working hours and you can book a table online.

Pho hopes to open 13 out of its 30 UK restaurants, weather dependent. These include:

  • Balham
  • Chiswick
  • Ealing
  • Wimbledon
  • Brighton
  • Exeter
  • Guildford
  • Leciester
  • Oxford
  • Portsmouth
  • Sheffield
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool

Pizza Express

Pizza Express is to reopen 118 of its 370 restaurants for outdoor dining from April 12 – you can check out the full list here.

To mark its reopening, Pizza Express is offering a free bottle of Peroni or non-alcohol alternative to everyone that is signed up to its mailing list.

You can book a table already, with the chain also accepting online bookings for May 17 onwards.

Around half – 180 – branches are current open for click and collect and delivery across the UK.

Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger currently has 276 UK shops open for takeaway and delivery.

As of Monday, the total number of open shops will hit 323 and the chain told The Sun it's keen to open as many as possible for outdoor dining.

It hasn't confirmed how many though, so it's best to check with your nearest one what services they offer.

Pret then plans to reopen all indoor seating areas from May 17.

The chain is also selling food boxes filled with essentials and menu favourites.

Prezzo

Prezzo will reopen 70 restaurants for outside dining from Monday.

The remaining 82 Prezzo restaurants will then open again for indoor service from May 17.

The branches opening next week will see customers sit in gardens, courtyards, terraces and "secret gardens".

Stonegate Pub Company

Stonegate Pub Company operates over 700 pubs and bars across the UK – and it plans to reopen around 45% of its England estate on April 12.

The earliest some of the branches will reopen is from 8am, when they'll serve breakfast.

Opening times vary though, so it's best to check the pubs' websites to confirm.

You can find your nearest Stonegate Pub on its website.

TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays has confirmed it'll reopen 28 restaurants in England for outdoor dining on April 12.

As part of its reopening plans, Fridays will be running a new outdoor menu that has been designed for al fresco dining. 

The reduced offering will still contain Fridays favourites such as sesame chicken strips, ultimate ribs, burgers and sharing plates.

There will also be a "Top 10 Greatest Hits" list of cocktails including Purple Rain, Strawberry Daiquiri and Pornstar Martini.

Fridays has 80 restaurants across the UK in total, but around 65 of these are in England – meaning 37 branches won't reopen on April 12.

Wagamama

Wagamama plans to open 72 of its restaurants for outside dining from April 12.

The noodles chain has 135 restaurants in the UK, many of which are open throughout lockdown for takeaways and deliveries.

Wagamama has never taken bookings and the chain says it's not going to start now.

Instead you just need to turn up and you will be seated quickly and safely.

Wetherspoons

The pub chain has confirmed it will be opening a number of pubs in April.

Customers will be able to sit in beer gardens, rooftop gardens and patios at 394 Wetherspoons branches.

Wetherspoons has 875 pubs in total across the UK, but not all have outdoor space so some won't be able to welcome back customers until later.

Boozers will be open from 9am until 9pm from Sunday to Thursday, and from 9am until 10pm on Friday to Saturday. 

Punters will be able to order drinks and food although they will be running a reduced menu while some restrictions remain in place.

Young's

Young's brewery told The Sun it plans to reopen 140 pubs from April 12.

It then plans to open all pubs by May 17, when indoor seating is permitted.

Opening times vary depending between locations, but they typically open their doors from 11am.

You can find your nearest Young's pub by checking its website.

oung's said it is already taking bookings and has seen a huge up-tick in the number of people wanting to secure a place in its boozers when they open.

Customers can book via the free app, pub website, over the phone or via email.

Zizzi

Zizzi plans to reopen 81 restaurants with outdoor seating from April 12.

The Italian food chain has a total of 132 restaurants across the UK. You can find your nearest on by using its branch locator tool.

You can still get your Zizzi fix during lockdown as the restaurant chain is running a takeaway service.

Punters will have to follow a strict set of rules when pubs and restaurants do open again.

Even for outdoor bookings, boozers must only offer table service and social distancing will still need to be observed.

In better news, the hated 10pm curfew will be scrapped and drinkers won't have to order a substantial meal with their alcohol, putting an end to the Scotch egg debate.

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