Licensed premises in England enjoyed a reopening bounce on Monday, with preliminary analysis showing like-for-like sales up 58.6%, compared to the same Monday in 2019.

CGA data reports the uplift was driven heavily by drinks sales, which were up 113.8%, while food was down 11.7%.

The early findings represent an encouraging indication that the first day of outdoor trading was as good as reported anecdotally - albeit against what may not have been an especially strong comparitive in the equivalent Monday in 2019.

Around 41,100 premises in Britain have outdoor space, some 38.2% of all sites, according to CGA data.

Jonny Jones, CGA managing director said: “The first day of trading after England’s lockdown showed a fairly solid performance and demonstrates how consumers were keen to enjoy their first drink out. Food sales didn’t fare quite so well, but this is understandable given that operators can currently only trade outside.”