More than a third of operators (36%) have described their opening weeks of outdoor trading as a “decent start” with 22% saying it has been “excellent” since outside trading was permitted in England from 12 April
Only 9% of respondents reported only marginal takings, while 33% of respondents have not been able to reopen yet.
Peach pub company is one such business that has reported strong trading following reopening on 12 April. It reports sales of £725,000 and £690,000 in weeks one and two across all of its of all of its 19 pubs for outside only, including the town centre ones.
“That’s 131% like-for-like vs the equivalent Easter weeks in 2019,” says Peach MD Hamish Stoddart. “Our sweepstake on week one sales ranged from £275,000 to £350,000; £725,000 was a shock.”
Pub group Oakman Group has also reported a strong performance in the first full week of trading, with like-for-like sales against the same week in 2019 up 34.3%, and total sales up 51.5%.
Of those interviewed, (72%) are confident about the future of their business, down five percentage points on last week.
The Hospitality Leaders Poll is a conducted by Lumina Intelligence on behalf of BigHospitality, MCA, and the Morning Advertiser.