Wetherspoon to reopen three beer gardens in Northern Ireland

Wetherspoon's pub on Belfast's Bedford Street. Picture by Hugh Russell.

Wetherspoon is opening three of its pubs in Northern Ireland on Friday April 30.

The Bridge House in Belfast, The Central Bar in Carrickfergus and The Spirit Merchant in Newtownards will serve customers in their beer gardens.

A marquee has been erected in the car park of The Spirit Merchant.

A Wetherspoon statement said that the pubs will not be operating a booking system. "Customers will be able to order and pay through the Wetherspoon app, however, staff can take orders and payment at the table from customers who don’t have the app." 

Test, Trace, Protect, will be in operation.

Customers will be able to enter the pubs to gain access to the gardens and also to use the toilets.

Wetherspoon area manager, Darren Niven said: “ We are looking forward to welcoming back customers and staff after a long time away.”

Wetherspoon’s The Tuesday Bell in Lisburn is set to reopen when indoor hospitality restrictions are lifted.

From 30 April, licensed and unlicensed premises will be able to serve customers in outdoors settings in Northern Ireland in groups of six from no more than two households.

A plan presented to ministers earlier would have only allowed such premises to serve customers from 10 May.

Outdoor visitor attractions, close contact services, hairdressers and beauty salons will be allowed to reopen from 23 April, with outdoor competitive sport permitted with numbers not exceeding 100 people.

Indoor activities, such as hospitality, visitor attractions and group exercise, will then be allowed from 24 May at the earliest.

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