St Austell is the latest operator to be affected by staff shortages, after being forced to temporarily decreased its food service hours and opening hours in some of its managed sites.

Chief executive Kevin Georgel told customers reopening had presented the South West pub operator and brewer with some new challenges.

“The national staff shortage is having a big impact on us,” he said.

The temporary measures were put in place to look after the health and wellbeing of staff, until the company can find additional support for them, Georgel said.

“You may therefore notice slight differences in some of our managed pubs, including shorter food service times, seating areas being out of use and reduced opening hours, to give our teams the time off to rest.

He urged the government to acknowledge the staffing crisis and to help us find a solution. This is such a crucial time, as we come out of lockdown and we want nothing more than to welcome all of you into our pubs, look after our teams and play our part in the UK’s economic recovery. “Thank you all for your ongoing support as we move through these challenging times. Our teams are working so hard and we appreciate your patience, understanding and kindness.”