UK pubs look to rejuvenate after bitter lockdowns

Pots of paint rather than barrels of beer are the order of the day at the Great Northern pub, one year after the UK entered its first Covid-19 lockdown. As the government prepares to gradually lift restrictions on hospitality following a third shutdown, pub managers Emma Parkhouse and Sheri Edwards are sprucing up the walls of the Victorian establishment they run in the city of St Albans, close to London. “I never imagined a year later that we’d still be closed,” said Parkhouse, standing behind a bar lacking in beer. “It’s been tough, we’ve had a lot of obstacles thrown at us but we’ve tried t…

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