Outdoor restaurants will become a permanent feature of UK shopping streets thanks to new restaurant laws included in the 2022 Queen’s Speech. Councils will be able to pass temporary pavement licenses, which were key to the resumption of restaurants in London during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and grant a permanent waiver for outdoor dining.
The new laws are also expected to benefit pubs, extending licensing regulations that allow pints and takeout meals. Together, the outdoor laws have been a huge boon to restaurants, pubs and cafes, and while the extraordinary sight of tables on the streets of Soho may be a thing of the past, their continuation should benefit the world of British hospitality further into the future.
Another seaside stay in the capital
Brighton’s Fatto a Mano pizzeria (which already has a presence in London at Boxparks Shoreditch and Croydon) will open a restaurant in King’s Cross.
Burly London steakhouse sets its sights on Merseyside
Hawksmoor will open his tenth restaurant in the UK when he visits Liverpool.
And in review…
Jay Rayner has a very good, very expensive meal in central London; Jimi Famurewa loves Plaza Khao Gaeng; and Marina O’Loughlin endures a little nightmare.