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Plans revealed for pub and restaurant openings

A number of Newbury's pubs and restaurants have revealed when they will be re-opening.

The news comes after the Prime Minister announced that outlets such as pubs and restaurants could welcome back customers from Saturday 4 July.

To help get the boozers and restaurants in Newbury get back open, West Berkshire Council has simplified the application process when it comes to applying for a licence to make the best use of outdoor space permitting them to increase their potential offering of additional chairs and tables.

Speaking about the initiative, Richard Somner, Executive Member for Transport and Countryside, said: We are committed to helping our business make better use of their outdoor space so that pubs, cafes and other hospitality businesses can welcome customers back safely, soon.

“We’re doing everything we can to help them get back on their feet after being closed for the past few months. Acting quickly to streamline our licencing processes is part of that drive. Allowing a temporary 3 month licence will ensure they can make the most of the summer.

“This move is one of a number of measures we’ve taken to support the safe re-opening of local businesses and we want to reassure those in the hospitality industry that we stand with them as they look to recover from this difficult time.”

So what do we know so far when it comes to what is re-opening?

The Oxford Street Bar and Kitchen has revealed a new menu ready for their re-opening. Burgers, mac and cheese and some seriously delicious sounding steak feature on it. You can see more on their social media.

Document House told us they will be offering takeaways but wont fully re-open until September. Check out their food options here.

The Globe are urging people to sign a petition to help them. You can see more here.

Sushi Maki will open at midday. They say do not forget to book your places as we will have limited number of tables. Looking forward to see our customers back with improved new menu.

The Newbury posted on their Facebook to say they would open on Saturday 4 July. To dine and make a booking email bar@thenewburypub.co.uk or call 01635 49000.

Not strictly a pub or restaurant, but Numee at Wash Common will be back on Wednesday 1 July.

Mio Fiore announced they will open at midday on Saturday 4 July until 11pm. The popular Newbury restaurant will be serving customers all day Sunday and in the evenings during the week.

The Hare and Hounds has proved popular over lockdown with their takeaways and deliveries. They are getting things set up and will reveal more soon, but say they will open on Saturday 4 July.

Slug and Lettuce will re-open in the Market Place along with its sister site Walkabout on Saturday 4 July. The Aussie bar says "We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to re-open safely! Walkabout may look a little different than you last remembered but we are still the best place to get a quality cold beer and watch your favourite sport!"

The Woodspeen said: "We are very lucky to have a sizeable dining room and a lovely outside terrace for “Al Fresco” dining so there will be ample distance between tables and diners and we are also extending our hours so you can book tables at quiet times throughout the day, every day. Please feel free to contact us at hello@thewoodspeen.com and we will be very happy to share our risk assessments, Health & Safety operational plans and staff training in depth."

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