After the government's latest positive announcement, pubs, bars, restaurants, and other hospitality ventures will open their doors again on 12th April 2021, for what will be a beautiful, sociable, and hospitable summer.
If the recent pandemic has taught us anything at all, it is patience. Business owners, employers, employees, and customers, particularly those in the hospitality industry, have had to keep composure and develop their tolerance this past year, however, there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel.
After such a long time away, we believe that many of you will want to spring back to life with a bang! With reopening focusing on being outdoors, we wanted to give you some tips and tricks on how you can revamp your outdoor space in quick, simple steps so you are ready for your grand reopening.
Consider New Furniture For Your Beer Garden
Nothing beats basking in the sun on a long, hot afternoon and it feels even better sipping a cocktail with your friends in an outside bar. So why not treat your customers to something they can sit on all day long, free from strain with plenty of space to stretch out. Garden furniture is a huge investment for pubs, bars and restaurants, because once that warm weather hits the UK, there will be no stopping customers from heading out to their local – so preparation is key!
If you have a rustic inspired pub interior with plenty of wooden furniture, you could opt for the Dartmouth Outdoor Stacking Chair and the equally fabulous Dartmouth Stacking Stool – particularly great if your beer garden is separated into different sections. You could place furniture on decking, and create a patio area with taller tables, bar stools and an outside bar. If you do decide to go for any wooden furniture, it is always a good idea to make sure it is treated regularly to protect it from the outdoor elements.
Do you own a trendy bar or bistro? If you have a small outside space to the front of your property, or want to create a more romantic, intimate scene for your guests to enjoy, the Terrazzo Outdoor Dining Tables are very easy to clean, with a simple design and a modern terrazzo pattern to the top. The square designs could also be fitted together to make longer tables for more guests to dine alfresco.
Trend setting terrazzo is hugely popular, and these Terrazzo Outdoor Dining Tables are easy to clean and easy on the eye, too, with a choice of light and dark terrazzo table tops, round or square bases, they will give your outdoor dining space a contemporary refresh.
Dig Up Some Artificial Grass
There are so many beer gardens and outside commercial spaces that have removed grass completely from their outdoor bar area. Real grass is time consuming to cut and if there are people walking up and down on it and drinks being spilt on it, the grass will get patchy and it loses its serene green qualities. But – there is an answer! Artificial grass is in. People are installing it in their own home gardens, across sports fields and other commercial areas.
You won’t have to think about finding the time to cut the grass, and it retains its colour and texture, so plenty of guilt-free spillages can occur! You could also add some potted plants to your artificial grassed area, which are low maintenance, but will give the space an instant beauty boost. Try it and see!
Create an Outdoor Bar Area
Nothing screams ‘party’ quite like an outdoor bar. The outdoor bar is becoming increasingly popular with more pubs, bars and restaurants putting their efforts into their outdoor spaces. If you have the room for it, it will go down a storm with your customers! Create a tiki-inspired island style outdoor bar or ‘hut’, where customers can flock for a drink while they are enjoying the sunny weather.
You could create a cocktail-only outdoor bar to help prevent floods of customers crowding around one inside bar on a hot summer’s day, it will give your employees the space they need to create those scrumptious signature cocktails. Add a pergola above, wrap some fairy lights around it and a bit of tarpaulin will help protect your customers from any unexpected rain showers.
Add Vintage Charm to your Outdoor Space
If you would like to add a piece of history to your external bar space and want to mirror the inside of your vintage inspired space, then add a sprinkle of old-world charm to your outdoor dining space with some authentic furniture. Our Vintage Blue Stacking Chairs are a vintage dream, with a distressed blue painted frame and the ability to stack, they add a little character to your seating space and are super comfortable to sit on!
You could also add shabby-chic style plant pots and plenty of other one-of-a-kind accessories to create an original outdoor space. Once you have an eye for vintage, more and more will start to appear in your interior designs!
With outdoor dining the first step for the hospitality industry’s new normal and Coronavirus rates on the decline, now is the ideal time to invest in your businesses outdoor space and say hello to a record breaking Spring/Summer trade! For more commercial restaurant or outdoor bar ideas, take a look at our blogs, projects and Instagram page, or browse our outdoor furniture online for more inspiration. Just give us a shout if you need any advice!