PUBS should be allowed to reopen their beer gardens next week as the coronavirus lockdown is expected to ease further.

Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafes in England will be allowed to reopen more widely, having been restricted to takeaways since December.

In Herefordshire, some popular pubs have already announced their intention to reopen beer gardens when they are allowed to do so.

This is expected to be on April 12, the same day as non-essential shops and hairdressers will also be allowed to open their doors again.

Here are 14 Herefordshire pubs already planning to be pulling pints again on, or in the week after, April 12.

If you know of more, add your details at the bottom of this article for a free shout-out.

Kings Head, Docklow, near Leominster

Ledbury Reporter: The outside of the Kings Head pub in Docklow, which will reopen next week for the first time in five yearsThe outside of the Kings Head pub in Docklow, which will reopen next week for the first time in five years

This pub on the A44 between Bromyard and Leominster has been closed for five year, but it's set to reopen under new management next week.

 

Owners Paul English said he's looking forward to welcoming punters back to the pub after such a long hiatus.

He said the plan is also to reopen indoor area on May 17, when restrictions are expected to ease further.

Red Lion, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley

Ledbury Reporter: The Red Lion's loungeThe Red Lion's lounge

Landlord Steve Moorman said he had Viki can't wait to reopen indoor area on May 17, but they will be reopening for outdoor service from April 15.

Mr Moorman said opening hours will initially be all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The Red Lion at Peterstow, near Ross-on-Wye

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This pub on the A49 between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye will be reopening to serve customers outside from April 12.

Meals and drinks will be served outside from that date, with indoor areas expected to reopen on May 17.

Cross Keys Inn, Goodrich, near Ross-on-Wye

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Corrin Franks said staff at the pub "can’t wait" to welcome all their customers back after the three-month lockdown.

The village pub said it's hoping for lots of sun during the five-week period where people can only be served outdoors.

The Barrels, St Owen's Street, Hereford

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The popular Hereford pub, owned by Wye Valley Brewery, said it will be open midday until 9pm Sundays to Thursdays, and midday until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

"These hours are subject to change in May when we are allowed to serve indoors," it said.

"We will not be doing table reservations at this time."

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"We will be unable to show any sports. Also for the people have been asking the table football will not be available as they take up a lot of seating areas.

"Please be aware we can only have limited numbers due to the rule of six and that we still have to track and trace. Outside service only until May 17, hopefully.

"Once again there is still a lot of rules to abide by to keep you and our staff safe."

The Bell at Yarpole, near Leominster

Ledbury Reporter: Staff members Dom and Nick outside the pubStaff members Dom and Nick outside the pub

The Bell at Yarpole will be open from April 16, the Friday after restrictions ease.

Bosses are also planning to open their inside seating areas during the next easing of lockdown, expected to be from May 17.

They even sell Colcombe House Cider, made in Hampton Bishop.

The Temple Bar Inn, Ewyas Harold, Golden Valley

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The popular pub in the heart of Ewyas Harold has got two heated marquees ready for the return of customers.

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Owner Gino Fulgoni said he is looking forward to seeing customers old and new outside on April 12, and inside from May 17.

The Three Horseshoes, Little Cowarne, near Bromyard

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As soon as Boris Johnson announced his roadmap for England exiting its third national lockdown, The Three Horseshoes Inn at Little Cowarne said it would be reopening.

Recently under new ownership, the pub said in February that it was already looking forward to reopening on April 12.

The Oak Inn, Staplow, near Ledbury

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This pub just outside Ledbury is already taking bookings for the big day on April 12.

A new decking area has been added to the garden at the Staplow pub, with new furniture ordered.

The Kings Fee, Commercial Road, Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: Wetherspoon's The Kings Fee will be reopening at 9am on April 12. Picture: GoogleWetherspoon's The Kings Fee will be reopening at 9am on April 12. Picture: Google

Hereford's Wetherspoon pub is planning to reopen at 9am on April 12, but will have a reduced menu on offer.

The pub will be open from 9am to 9pm Sunday to Thursday, and 9am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays).

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A booking system will not be in place, and customers will be encouraged to use the app to order.

The Duke's Head, Corn Square, Leominster

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Another of Wetherspoon's pubs to be reopning on April 12 is The Duke's Head in Leominster town centre.

The same opening hours and rules apply as in Hereford, the pub giant says.

Rose and Crown, Ledbury Road, Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: The Rose and Crown in Hereford's Ledbury Road. Picture: GoogleThe Rose and Crown in Hereford's Ledbury Road. Picture: Google

A Greene King managed pub, the Rose and Crown will also be open seven days a week from April 12.

The chain said it was now taking beer garden bookings, saying: "We hope you’re as excited as we are, so start weaning yourself off the loungewear and we look forward to seeing you soon."

The Royal Hotel, Royal Parade, Ross-on-Wye

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This pub in Ross-on-Wye is the second of Greene King's in Herefordshire to announce its reopening.

In total, 442 of the chain's pubs will reopen in two weeks, and people will be able to visit without booking.

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 and we can’t wait to start welcoming our customers back, safely.

“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."

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It comes after Boris Johnson revealed he has already booked a visit to the pub for when restrictions ease but suggested he might wait for a haircut, despite saying he “badly” needed one.

The Prime Minister echoed the thoughts of the nation as he admitted a trip to the hairdressers was overdue, with salons and barbers forced to close during England’s current coronavirus lockdown.

Hairdressers in London have been shut since before Christmas but, under the Government’s road map for easing lockdown measures, are set to reopen on April 12.

Outdoor hospitality venues, such as beer gardens, are also permitted to serve customers from this date – with Mr Johnson suggesting he will prioritise a visit to the pub over getting his famous blond mop trimmed.

During a visit to a nursery in Greenford, west London, on Thursday, Mr Johnson told broadcasters: “I do need a haircut, I do badly need a haircut – it’s going to happen.”

Asked if he had booked a hair appointment for April 12, the Prime Minister said: “For the pub? Yes. For the haircut? I don’t know about that.”

We're a pub/dining venue re-opening on April 12!

"Our message to the customers we've missed so much:"

We asked for your responses - this is what you sent.

Russell Pugh

Name of business
The Three Horseshoes Inn

Location of business
Allensmore, near Hereford

Message to customers
We will will be opening again from Monday 12th April from 10.00am. We launch our new 'Coffee Lounge', with a full coffee and tea menu, and homemade cakes. We have a large garden, with both grassed and paved areas. We have our New Veranda should the weather be less than favourable. The kids play area will also be open. We look forward to seeing customers again. Booking isnt essential, but is advisable.

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
Yes

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The Three Horseshoes Inn, Allensmore, near Hereford
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The Coffee Lounge

Community contributor

Name of business
Cafe Miro

Location of business
43 Saint Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2JB - 01432 267987 - cafemirohereford@hotmail.com

Message to customers
Dave, Mike and all of the Miro's team are really looking forward to meeting and greeting our friends and loyal customers as we welcome them back to our award winning coffee, excellent food and a wonderful ambience in our Beautiful Courtyard Garden

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
Yes we do!

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Easy days . . .

Ashley Kibble

Name of business
The Mill Race

Location of business
Walford, Ross on Wye

Message to customers
We are delighted and very excited to welcome all the customers in our beautiful outdoor area on the 13th of April. We have been working hard to create a safe space where all returning and new customers can enjoy dining with us as well as enjoying freshly poured pints and amazing wine section. The new Spring menu will be also available.

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
We will be reopening our doors on the 18th of May

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Outdoor patio area
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Patio
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Outdoor dog friendly area

Lee Strong

Name of business
The White Liin

Location of business
Wilton, Ross on Wye

Message to customers
We are looking forward to welcoming our friends old and new to our stunning Riverside location

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
Most certainly

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The beer garden is starting to take shape. All we are missing are our guests!

Corrin franks

Name of business
Cross keys Inn

Location of business
Goodrich

Message to customers
Can’t wait too welcome all our customers back

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
Yes

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Cellar is filling up nicely
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Kitchens getting ready
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Hoping for lots of sun

Kath Rapson

Name of business
The Red Lion at Peterstow

Location of business
Peterstow, Near Ross on Wye

Message to customers
We are reopening on 12th April for meals and drinks outside, call 01989 730546 to pre book

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
we will be open inside for food and drinks May17th

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Roast Beef, Pork, Lamb and Chicken every Sunday

Steve Moorman

Name of business
Red Lion

Location of business
Stiffords Bridge, Cradley

Message to customers
Hi from Steve & Viki. We'll be opening from Thursday 15th at 5 p.m. Initially, all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
Yes. Can't wait !

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Lounge Bar
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Cask Ales
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Beer garden and covered patio

Paul English

Name of business
Kings Head Docklow

Location of business
Docklow

Message to customers
The Pub has been closed for 5 years, we are new owners and look forward to welcoming you

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
yes we are intending to re-open on 17th May indoors

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Come and meet us

Dom brand

Name of business
The Bell

Location of business
Yarpole

Message to customers
We will be opening the garden from April 16th!

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
Yes

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Soup and a sandwich
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The range of colcombe house cider we sell at the Bell
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Dom and Nick in front of the pub

Gino Fulgoni

Name of business
The Temple Bar Inn

Location of business
Ewyas Harold

Message to customers
Looking forward to welcoming regulars and new customers back to our 2 heated marquees!

Do you plan to re-open indoors too on May 17? Yes/No
Yes

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Beautiful day!