The boss of Marston’s pub chain revealed today that trading is back to 2019 levels with suburban bars performing best –  but city centre venues still lagging behind

The boss of Marston’s pub chain revealed today that trading is back to 2019 levels with suburban bars performing best –  but city centre venues still lagging behind.

The firm, which runs around 1,500 pubs across Britain, added that sales in London were still ‘very weak’ because so many people are still working from home.

And chief executive Ralph Findlay praised the ‘very sensible’ change in self-isolation rules from today which means people who have both Covid-19 jabs will no longer have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive.

Around 70 per cent of Marston’s sites reopened in April under outdoor trading restrictions before its entire estate was able to welcome customers again in May.

Mr Findlay added that there was ‘a good cause for optimism in the future’ for http://ejournal.uika-bogor.ac.id/files/journals/15/articles/5217/submission/original/5217-12854-2-SM.html the firm which has also been boosted by warmer weather and the Euro 2020 tournament. 

Marston's chief executive Ralph Findlay backs the 'very sensible' change in self-isolation rules

Marston’s chief executive Ralph Findlay backs the ‘very sensible’ change in self-isolation rules

Figures are reported as a percentage of sales relative to financial year 2019 (open sites only)

Figures are reported as a percentage of sales relative to financial year 2019 (open sites only)

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I think trade has been pretty good actually – and I think somewhat better than I thought it would be having opened back in April outside and then in May with restrictions and then all the restrictions lifted in July.

‘And we are roughly back to where we were in 2019 which is pretty encouraging.

And I think though it does depend on where you are in the sector.