Since March, all businesses have had to learn to adapt in the presence of a global pandemic. Our beloved hospitality and leisure industry has faced an unprecedented challenge. During the lockdown period, many pubs and restaurants survived by offering takeaway meals and grocery delivery services. Since the reopening of pubs in early July, most publicans have been making great use of their outdoor spaces. Customers have, understandably, felt more comfortable sitting outside rather than inside. But as they say in ‘Game of Thrones’… Winter is coming. So, we thought we’d let you know how we can help with pub refurbishment in COVID times.
Pub Refurbishment in COVID times.
Bring the Inside Outside:
Since the reopening of pubs, we’ve been fortunate that the Great British weather has been fairly stable. This has made it easier for pubs to accommodate happy diners and drinkers. The arrival of winter doesn’t mean that you need to abandon your outside spaces. While it’s true that some of the gazebo structures that have become popular might not stand up to more inclement weather, there are other solutions.
Dining Pods are becoming a popular option for outside pub refurbishment in COVID times. Small enclosed cabins or sheds make for the perfect socially distanced dining solution. You could even install small glasshouses like the Amsterdam-based arts centre Mediamatic. Check out their pandemic dining solution HERE.
At Fairland, our pub refurbishment teams work with your designer to bring your vision for all-weather outside spaces to life.
Making Room for Space:
The Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme has been a fantastic initiative for our friends in the pub industry. As customers become more comfortable with dining out, restaurants and pubs will want to capitalise on this newfound customer confidence to ensure they also want to dine in!
So, now is a great time to adapt your inside spaces to ensure your customers feel comfortable in their surroundings. Once again, more personalised booth style seating is becoming a popular part of pub refurbishment in COVID times. But that doesn’t mean your pub needs to look like an American Diner! We offer beautifully-designed booths to fit with your pub’s design aesthetic. Like this small independent pub in the middle of a shopping parade in Kenton.
As pub refurbishment experts we will often spot opportunities to increase your working floor area, allowing for more customers while still maintaining safe social distancing. We work with your designer to help you create capacity, comfort and customer confidence.
If you need inspiration for your pub refurbishment in COVID times, contact us, we are always happy to provide an initial, complimentary site visit to discuss your options.