It is very busy in front of a new pub in Soho, London
Photo: Alberto Pezzali / AP
The first day of opening after months of lockdown due to the corona crisis brought record income to English pubs and restaurants.
Drinks were particularly popular, as the industry analyst CGA found, which 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 that winter temperatures prevailed in London and large parts of England, especially in the mornings.
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 pubs 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.
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