The ale is apparently ‘hearty, filling and flavoursome’ (Picture: Twitter/@PhilWilliams)
A pub landlord has come up with a plan to get around the Government’s tier two restrictions by serving an ale called ‘Substantial Meal’.
Brett Mendoza, who owns the Caxton Arms in Brighton, East Sussex, will be one of many landlords who will not be able to reopen their pubs when England’s lockdown is lifted on Wednesday.
So he decided to jokingly rename one of his ales to bring it in line with No 10’s coronavirus rules, which state that hospitality businesses can only open if they serve alcohol with a ‘substantial meal’.
Mr Mendoza posted a picture of himself on social media and announced he will be offering up the ‘hearty, filling and flavoursome’ ale from its supplier the ‘Made Up Brewery’ from Thursday.
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He posted a cheeky picture of himself on social media posing with his new tongue-in-cheek draught and captioned it: ‘Bring on Tier 2’.
It comes as Brighton and Hove will be placed under the second toughest restrictions – along with the majority of the nation – shortly after midnight.
Pubs will only be able to open if they serve a substantial meal with booze in tier two and three (Picture: Rex)
But the restrictions will mean most pubs in the country will continue to be hit hard following months of closures.
Those in tier two, which will cover 57% of England’s population, will only be able to serve alcohol alongside a ‘substantial meal’ and must obey rules restricting household mixing indoors.
In tier three, pubs and restaurants will only be able to offer takeaway and delivery services.
In a desperate bid to get rebel Tory MPs to approve the three-tier system in the Commons, Boris Johnson offered a £1,000 payout to every ‘wet pub’ that could not offer food with booze.
But his plan was branded ‘insulting’ by landlords as they called for more support to see them through the next round of restrictions.
Chief executive of trade body UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls, said: ‘A one-off payment of £1,000 for pubs forced to close does not even count as a token gesture.’
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