Pubs using microwave burgers and instant meals to keep serving pints in lockdown

Pubs using microwave burgers and instant meals to keep serving pints in lockdown

 

Keen pubgoers have shared all the ways their locals have been able to continue serving alcohol under the current Tier 2 rules.

Hospitality venues in Tier 2 areas aren’t allowed to serve alcoholic drinks unless bought with a substantial meal.

So anyone wanting to go for drinks with friends and family must buy food to accompany their pints.

Drinkers are now sharing all the creative ways that pubs are enticing people to go out despite the fact they’ll have to spend money on food as well as alcohol.

This comes as one pub landlord expressed despair that loads of food was going to waste as he begged people to only go to the pub if they wanted to eat as well.

Stories include pubs offering microwave burgers and refillable pasta bowls so they can keep serving punters the drinks they want.

One pub even served meals for 99p to meet the ‘substantial meal’ requirement.

Sharing these pub ‘hacks’ on Twitter, one person said: “The pub last night was giving everyone a 99p microwave meal, still in its plastic, with their beers.”

The idea behind the refillable pasta bowls is that punters could keep drinking and have an endless supply of carbs, therefore definitely meaning the food was substantial.

Another keen drinker took to Twitter to describe how a pub he’d been to had put a microwave on the bar so people could heat up a rustlers burger to have with their beverages.

The pubgoer suggested: “Surely donating a meal to a food bank every time someone buys a drink would be a better idea.”

The other idea floated was bring your own meal to the pub.

Someone suggested cooking your own dinner at home, bringing it with you and asking the pub to warm it up.

“If not cook your own meal take it to the pub with you. Or take a microwave meal to the pub.

“Am sure they will have a microwave they can cook it in for you!”

The Who’d A Thought It pub in Plumstead, South East London, is serving Huel meal replacements as they don’t have a kitchen to prepare or cook food in.

Landlord Brian Hall said: “We’re a proper local’s pub and being closed has been tough for our regulars, especially the old boys who come down most days for a pint and a chat.

“We serve 1,000 pints a week, but food was never our thing and without a kitchen we thought we’d never be able to meet the ‘substantial meals’ requirement.”

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