The Doncaster Wetherspoons that WON'T reopen as pubs welcome drinkers back inside

Pub giant Wetherspoons is preparing to welcome drinkers back inside nearly 900 of its pubs next week – but there’s one Doncaster bar that won’t be opening.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 11:38 am

From Monday, pubs will be able to welcome back customers inside in the latest round of easing of coronavirus restrictions – with the pub chain opening 860 of its branches.

But despite The Gate House and Red Lion in Doncaster and The Old Market Hall in Mexborough being back in business, The Running Horse at Doncaster Sheffield Airport will not return just yet.

From Monday, pubs and restaurants in England can reopen for indoor service and hotels can welcome back holidaymakers for staycations.

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Pubs can welcome customers back inside from next Monday.

Wetherspoons customers will be able to pick from the full menu and meal clubs, such as curry and steak nights, will return.

Pubs will open from 8am until midnight from Sunday through to Thursday, and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Six of its pubs won’t return – this is because they are in airports or conference centres, which are not expected to be busy due to restrictions that are still in place, such as travel to countries on the 'red' list.

The branches remaining closed are:

Two pubs in the NEC, Birmingham

Stansted airport

Doncaster airport

Edinburgh airport

Glasgow airport

Customers will still have to follow a strict set of rules when pubs reopen for indoor service though, including wearing a mask when not sat at a table.

Meanwhile, Wetherspoons has reversed its plans to close The Gate House in Priory Walk.

The chain had said in March that it was going to close the popular town centre bar.

But now they have said they will be re-opening the venue again this month when the next phase of the easing of lockdown comes in.

It is due to re-open again on May 17, when venues are allowed to take customers indoors again for the first time since lockdown.

The Red Lion in the Market Place, famously the birthplace of Doncaster’s St Leger horse race, re-opened for outdoor service in April, with customers flocking to return to its beer garden.