The apps you need to book tables at pubs and restaurants when they reopen


PUBS and restaurants are due to reopen in England for drink and food service outdoors from April 12. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed the plans to lead the UK out of lockdown yesterday.

Pubs and restaurants reopen for outfoor service in the UK from APRIL 12

You’ll be able to enjoy a pint in a pub beer garden once again from April 12, and you’ll no longer be required to buy a “substantial meal” before ordering alcohol.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to offer outdoor seating with table service. Social distancing and the Rule of Six will stay in place.

Even for outdoor bookings, boozers must only offer table service and social distancing will still need to be observed.

The 10pm curfew will also not return and from May 17, venues will be able to throw open their doors and allow customers inside with the same social restrictions.

With only 6 weeks until we can sit outside for a drink and a meal, here are the apps you’ll need to have on hand to enjoy eating and drinking out again. 


Find what’s on offer near you

The orderpay app is a great one to have to see what’s open and serving in your area.

It tells you which bars and restaurants near you are open, and you can use it to order takeaway items, book tables and pay for your meal.

The app tells you what type of service is available at each restaurant, the opening hours and booking availability of the venue you’ve selected.

Greene King

From table booking to paying the bill, do it all with the Greene King app

Greene King has not said when it will open yet, but its pubs, restaurants and hotels are all available on the app.

The app will allow you to view the menu, order food and drink, and pay for your bill, with all drinks and meals served directly to your table.

Keep up to date with when they’re reopening, follow the pub on Twitter and sign up to get notifications for when they post.

Slug and Lettuce

Find out where’s open and what to order

Slug and Lettuce is yet to confirm when its will be reopening restaurants following yesterday’s announcement.

However, downloading the free Slug and Lettuce app allows you to book tables, order food and drink and search for nearby venues.

We’ve asked when branches will start welcoming back customers and will updated this piece when we know more.


You can book at table at your nearest Harvester using the app

The owners of Harvester Mitchell & Butlers, which own other big chains including O’Neill’s, Toby Carvery, and All Bar One, have warned “a majority” of their pubs and restaurants will stay shut due to outdoor-only restrictions.

But having the harvester app for when they do reopen means you can place and pay for your orders and book a table as soon as possible.

Nicholson’s Pubs

Get your reservation in first

Nicholson’s pubs continue to operate a table service to maintain social distancing when they reopen.

While the Nicholson’s app doesn’t let you order drinks to your table, it does allow you to reserve a seat in your local, which could prove invaluable.

They’re currently still closed, but you can keep up with any announcements about when they’re planning to reopen by checking their website.

Vintage Inns

Find new discounts and offers

The Vintage Inns app gives you discounts on food and drink as well as an easy way to make your order.

Whilst there’s been no announcement as to when they’ll reopen, it’s good to have the app ahead of time to check when booking is available and for any updates.

You can also view the menu ahead of time when you do make your booking.

Swifty App

The all in one app for your night out

The app powered by Heineken, Swifty is free for the first month and allows you to make reservations, orders, payments and build up a loyalty with places.

However, existing Heineken customers get two months free. It lets you place orders, get discounts and offers loyalty schemes.


Food and drink straight to your table

The pub chain haven’t yet decided when they’ll be reopening, and since they don’t have social media, the best way to keep up to date with their decisions is via the app or on their website.

Once their pubs do reopen, you’ll be able to use the app to order food and drink to your table and pay for it all through the app.

Find out more about the restrictions lifting for pubs and restaurants in the UK.

Scotland have got other plans when it comes to reopening.

See which Bryon restaurants are opening with their own beer bars.