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‘Who was next?’ At least nobody will be pushing in at the bar

Clerkenwell pub marks out strict queuing system for takeaway drinks

29 May, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Inside the Old Ivy House pub

GONE, for now, are the days when you had to ­jostle at the bar hoping to catch the eye of the landlord by waving a tenner around.

Instead, this is the set-up inside one Clerkenwell pub, which has marked out a strict queuing system with red and white hazard tape.

The Old Ivy House has opened with staff supplying two-pint takeaway jars of beers.

Staff are given a temperature check before their shifts begin and wear masks while serving.

Aidan Robinson, who runs the 200-year-old pub in Goswell Road, said: “It’s early days, but we have seen a really positive reaction from customers. We pride ourselves on being at the heart of our local community, so it’s great to be able to help out during these challenging times with this new offer.”

Meanwhile, the JD Wetherspoon chain says it is ready to go as soon as the government gives a green light to full re-openings.

The chain’s pubs include The Coronet in Holloway Road and The White Swan in Upper Street.

Only two members of staff are expected to man the pubs.

There will be protective screens at the tills and screens will also be set up in the pubs to create seating areas where it is not possible to separate the tables by more than 2m.

The pubs will use one entrance with a separate exit door where possible, a spokeswoman added.

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