St Austell will reopen its entire managed pub estate, and approximately 70% of its tenanted pubs, on 4 July.

The Cornwall-based brewer and pubco is currently taking reservations from 4 July onwards, and has implemented a number of new safety protocols to ensure a safe reopening.

It has introduced a new enhanced cleaning regime, multiple sanitation stations and digital (simplified) menus.

All payments will be taken by card, and orders will be taken at-table or through its ‘easy order’ app, which the business will also use to store menus and general information.

The sites will be set up with a one-way guest flow, and customers will be encouraged to pre-book for drinks and food, although this will not be compulsory.

“Things may be a little different but our priorities remain the same - looking out for our teams and guests, while delivering a great experience,” said chief executive Kevin Georgel. “Rest assured, we will be introducing extra measures in our pubs to ensure that our customers can socialise safely, whilst still receiving our usual warm welcome.”

“We know for so many, pubs play a key role in bringing communities together. We’re looking forward to doing just that and welcoming people back responsibly next weekend.”