Greene King plans to reopen almost 20 Hampshire pubs on April 12 - including several in Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham, and Gosport

PUB CHAIN Greene King plans to reopen more than 400 pubs on April 12 – including seven across Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 1:29 pm

Greene King will reopen 20 of its managed pubs in Hampshire and 442 pubs across the country for outdoor service as lockdown rules eased on Monday, April 12.

The pubs reopening in Portsmouth are The Baffins in Tangier Road and Spice Island in Bath Square, Old Portsmouth.

In Fareham, the three reopening pubs are The Cuckoo Pint in Cuckoo Lane, The Seagull in Cornaway Lane, and The Silver Fern in Warsash Road.

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Spice Island Inn. Picture: Shaun Roster/www.shaunroster.com

The Heron in Petersfield Road, Havant, and The Cocked Hat in Privett Road, Gosport, will also reopen.

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Customers can book a garden table online from Friday, March 26, although you will also be able to visit the pub outdoors without an advance booking.

The pub chain’s tenant landlords, who run a further 875 pubs across England, will be deciding on an individual basis whether to reopen their outdoor areas.

Greene King chief executive Nick Mackenzie said: ‘It’s great that we can finally open outdoor areas in some of our pubs after such a long period of lockdown.

‘Sadly, we can only open around a third of our estate in April where we have outdoor space that will work and have a chance of being viable, but we know the vital role pubs play in communities and feel it’s important to open as many as we can to help people get back together once again.

‘We look forward to May when we can open many more of our pubs, and the all-important return to normality in June when the restrictions are fully removed, and we can start to rebuild our businesses.

‘Until then, we all have our fingers crossed for sunshine and warm temperatures in April.’

Some pubs will have reduced opening hours and menus.

Here’s the full list of Greene King pubs reopening in Hampshire:

Baffins in Portsmouth

Cart & Horses in Winchester

Cocked Hat in Gosport

Cricketers in Yateley

Cricketers Arms in Chandlers Ford

Cuckoo Pint in Fareham

Heron in Havant

Luzborough in Romsey

Prince of Wales in Fleet

Queens Head in Burley

Royal Oak in Charlton

Seagull in Fareham

Shamblehurst Barn in Hedge End

Silver Fern in Warsash

Spice Island in Portsmouth

Swan in Ash Vale

Swan in Sherborne St John

Testwood in Totton

Thatched House in Milton Locks

Waterwitch in Odiham

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