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Pubs deluged with beer garden bookings

Pubs deluged with beer garden bookings

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Getty ImagesEngland's pubs have been deluged by people eager to book space from when beer gardens reopen on 12 April, industry group UK Hospitality has said.From that date, pubs are expected to be able to serve customers sitting outdoors.One Leeds pub reported that it had taken in 700 bookings in just five hours this week.Demand has been so high that scammers have even taken to advertising fake pub bookings.Pubs in most of the UK have been closed to sit-in customers during the latest lockdown, creating pent-up demand."Our members that can open outdoor areas have reported strong interest from customers, which is not surprising after such a long period of closure," said Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality.During the most recent lockdown, pubs in England have been allowed to serv...