Greene King is planning to cut around 800 jobs and shut dozens of pubs following a drop off in trade as a result of the 10pm curfew. 

The pub company launched a consultation over redundancies today, in a development first reported by Sky News.

In total, 79 of Greene King’s pubs and restaurants will close, including the 11 Loch Fyne restaurants already announced, with around third of these closures expected to be permanent.

The pub company, which employs around 38,000 staff, and has an estate of around 1,700 managed and 1,000 tenanted pubs, will look to redeploy affected staff wherever possible.

In a statement, a Greene King spokesman said: “The continuing tightening of the trading restrictions for pubs, which may last another six months, along with changes to government support was always going to make it a challenge to reopen some of our pubs.

“Therefore we have made the difficult decision not to reopen 79 sites, including the 11 Loch Fyne restaurants we announced last week. Around one third will be closed permanently and we hope to be able to reopen the others in the future. We are working hard with our teams to try and find them a role in anther of our pubs wherever possible

“We urgently need to the government to step in and provide further tailored support to help the sector get through the spring and prevent further pub closures and job losses.”