New map shows nearest pubs and restaurants with outdoor heating reopening in April

BOOZY Brits can find their nearest pub or restaurant opening for outdoor service in April using a new free tool.

The postcode checker will even tell you if there's undercover seating or outdoor heating to help you decide where to go.

Pubs and restaurants are allowed to welcome back customers from April 12 under plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown in England.

But punters will have to sit outside in groups of up to six, meaning plans could be ruined if the weather is poor.

To help customers make an informed choice when making a booking, Henry Seabright, Will Morris and Ben Hartley have created Catch Me Outside.

Diners can type in their postcode – or the postcode of where they want to go – to find out where will be open from mid-April.

The results are shown on a map of the local area, and customers can click on the burger or beer icon, depending on whether they're looking for a restaurant or pub, to find out more information.

For each venue, there is also information on how to book a table, their contact details, and whether or not they serve food.

It's worth noting that the tools rely on the venues signing up to advertise on the site so not every establishment reopening may necessarily be featured.

The tool is free to use for punters and business owners.

Mr Seabright told The Sun: "We’re really excited by the response to Catch Me Outside and look forward to increasing our coverage of venues and continuing to improve the site."

Tradebody BigHospitality has warned restrictions means that around just 40% of hospitality businesses have garden space big enough to reopen in mid-April.

The rest of the industry will have to wait until May 17 to open again for indoor diners.

But a loophole in the rules means pubs without outdoor spaces can open again on April 12 – for takeaway pints.

Within hours of the Prime Minister unveiling his four-step blueprint to lift lockdown in February, , Brits desperate to sip on a pint rushed to book tables for opening day.

This weekend is the first since the start of lockdown where groups of up to six people or from two households can meet up outdoors.

A relaxation of the rules means that friends and families can be reunited after months of separation.


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