Pubs taking shelter over smoking ban
Brewer gets ready for the change in law in July
BRITAIN is all set to go smokefree in less than two months’ time and a brewery is busy adapting pubs to cater for smokers after the law changes.
Kent-based Shepherd Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer, is providing outdoor shelters in 200 pub gardens by July 1, including the Golden Ball at Kennington and the Walnut Tree at Aldington.
The shelters, designed for both smokers and non-smokers are due to be completed at the end of May.
The Vine at Tenterden already has an outside area with canopy umbrella, bespoke table and slate-topped seating, accommodating eight to 10 people.
By September, more than £3m will have been invested by Shepherd Neame in providing smoking shelters at 380 outlets.
Chief executive, Jonathan Neame, said: “Our objective is to turn our gardens into attractive outside spaces, sympathetic to their surroundings.
“By considering all our customers’ needs and effectively taking the pub environment outside, we’re fully prepared for the ban.”
He said the company hopes to attract new customers and employees once the ban comes into force.
“July 1 heralds a new era for pub customers and employees, where people will notice a fresh, clean atmosphere.
“Pubs are the number one place for people to socialise and relax in the UK, enjoying excellent beer, locally-sourced food, a convivial environment and community events.”
The Vine at Tenterden has already been adapted to cater for smokers once they are banned from lighting up indoors