Greasy ’Spoons: Tim Martin to beat lockdown by rebranding pubs as cafes

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 (Lucy Young)
(Lucy Young)

Wetherspoon is to keep eight of its pubs open in Wales from Saturday, the company has announced.

The move follows a meeting between Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin and members of the Welsh Parliament who are opposed to pub closures.

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Wetherspoon said pubs will effectively trade as cafes in Cardiff, Newport, Caernarfon, Cwmbran, Mold and Wrexham.

Tim Martin said: “I met with Conservative leader of the opposition Paul Davies MS and Conservative chief whip Darren Millar MS at our pub, The Mount Stuart, in Cardiff earlier this week.

“They are opposed to the Welsh pub closures and were keen for Wetherspoon to keep some of the company’s pubs open.

“As a result we have decided to keep eight of the pubs open from 8am to 6pm throughout the week.”

From 6pm on Friday, licensed pubs, cafes and restaurants in Wales will have to stop serving alcohol on their premises, although those with an off-licence can sell alcoholic drinks to be taken away.

The regulations will be reviewed on December 17.

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