Leicestershire pubs owned by professional cricketers Harry Gurney and Stuart Broad have reported an unexpectedly high demand from customers following their reopening this month.
The Cat and Wickets Pub Company, founded by the cricketers in 2016, operates The Tap and Run at Upper Broughton near Melton Mowbray and The Three Crowns at Wymeswold.
According to the company, Cat and Wickets pubs have so far been operating at 84 per cent of the same period last year.
The sites have been open since July 4 and, despite there being a lower capacity due to the removal of tables to ensure social distancing, trade has been strong.
“When we reopened, I was projecting for around 50 per cent of normal, so to have achieved the level of trade we have is really pleasing and humbling and we want to thank our customers, some of whom have been several times,” said director Harry Gurney.
Stuart, fresh from his match-winning performance for England in the second test match versus the West Indies at Old Trafford, added: “When we reopened we placed all of our emphasis on making sure both sites were safe for customers and employees.
“We are delighted to find that our customers have felt the experience has been both high in quality but also safe and responsible”.
The figures achieved so far are in spite of the removal of several tables, and also being closed on Mondays and Tuesdays this month.
During August, however, both sites will be open seven days a week and are taking part in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, customers will be entitled to 50 per cent off food and soft drinks up to £10 per head.
Jack Whitehead, who is in charge of operations at both sites, said: “Our existing TWENTY20 three course set menu at both sites is normally £20 but will be just £10 Monday to Wednesday throughout August as we participate in Eat Out to Help Out.”
To book a table at The Three Crowns, call 01509 880011 or book online here.
To book a table at The Tap and Run, call 01664 820407 or book online here.