The first opening day after months of lockdown due to the Corona crisis has brought record revenues to English pubs and restaurants. Drinks were particularly popular, as the industry analyst CGA found, who analyzed the data from the first open day on Monday. The sale of beer, wine and sparkling wine in the pubs was 113 percent higher than on the same day in 2019.
In the opinion of the experts, it is noteworthy that only the outdoor catering is open and especially in the mornings in London and large parts England Winter temperatures still prevailed. Orders increased by 150 percent, and numerous businesses are booked out for weeks.
Overall, however, the year-on-year increase was only 58,6 percent, because sales for food were even 11,7 percent lower than in 2019.
It is estimated that almost 40 percent of the restaurants in the UK's largest part of the country - around 41.100 pubs and restaurants in total - have enough outside space to open under the applicable rules. All others are only allowed to open in the next step, which is planned for May 17th.