Senior leaders at some of the UK’s biggest pub companies are gearing up for customers to be able to drink at the bar from 21 June, the Telegraph has reported.

The likes of JD Wetherspoon, Greene King, Young’s and Stonegate are all planning for a return to bar service from this date and are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stick to his roadmap for easing restrictions.

Tim Martin, chairman, JD Wetherspoon, said that while it would revert to normal service as soon as it was allowed, table service would likely be a legacy of the pandemic.

The bar counter areas are likely to be less busy than in the past,” he said.

Patrick Dardis, chief executive, Young’s, described 21 June as “freedom day”, where customers could chat with friends and family “without having to be sat down”. While Stonegate and Fuller’s plan to reintroduce bar service to their managed pubs once restrictions are lifted. Greene King is also understood to be planning for normal service from 21 June.

Commenting on Johnson’s proposals for reopening dates, Dardis said “He must honour that commitment. Boris will really struggle to persuade the British public, if the statistics and the data continue as they are, as to why June 21 can be anything other than freedom day.”