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Pub marquees: Government consults on extension to hospitality ‘lifeline’

September 8, 2021

Not just pub marquees, a lifeline for the hospitality industry… The UK Government is currently considering extending a scheme that has allowed pubs, cafes and restaurants to use marquees to create additional outdoor seating for customers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pub marquees: A huge success

Pub marqueesThe measures that allowed many hospitality businesses to continue to operate during the pandemic are considered to have been a huge success. The scheme is seen by many as a vital tool in the hospitality sector’s fight for post pandemic recovery.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “The simple reforms we made during the pandemic to help hospitality businesses, markets and historic visitor attractions make use of outdoor spaces more easily, made a massive impact.

He added, “As part of our vision to transform high streets into thriving places to work, visit and live, we intend to make as many of these measures permanent fixtures of British life as possible.

A public consultation that could see these measures made permanent was launched on the 5th September and will run until November 14th. We await the outcome with great interest.

UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls stated; “It is in the interest of the country to have a thriving, dynamic and properly-supported hospitality sector and retaining these outdoor measures would help secure the recovery of a large and vital part of the UK economy.”

However, she reflected that businesses within the hospitality sector “face huge hurdles going into the autumn and winter”.

Marquees still viable solutions, even during the winter months

Café Marquee Hire, pub marqueesWhilst the colder months will always prove challenging for outdoor hospitality, marquee providers, such as Inside Outside, are able to offer a variety of solutions, designed to combat the worst of the autumn and winter chill.

A wide variety of heating solutions are available ranging from simple patio heaters to complex, thermostatically controlled heating systems. Additionally, lining marquee interiors and adding boarded and carpeted flooring are great ways to keep the cold at bay.

Pre pandemic, luxury marquee specialists, Inside outside marquee hire, designed and built a temporary café marquee for RHS garden Wisley. The heated structure helped the RHS maximise retail opportunities at the Wisley site during the cooler months; it also offered visitors a warm, enjoyable space to find respite from the cold.

RHS Wisley also turned to Inside Outside when looking for a retail extension for their shop over the Christmas period. The result was a huge success, with duty manager Lucy McVeigh stating:

“This new space has been in operation since November and we are delighted with how it’s working.… the additional retail space means a more pleasurable shopping experience for all.”

Pandemic based marquee solutions

Trade association UKHospitality said that outdoor structures, such as marquees, had provided a “vital lifeline during an extraordinarily difficult period”. Café Fego, who wanted to offer COVID safe retail and dining spaces during winter and beyond, provide one such example.

The marquees were deigned to align with the Fego brand, house urban gardens for guests to dine in and enjoy. Representing Café Fego, Clare Watson of Turmeric house said of the installations:

‘Inside Outside were quick and adapted smoothly with all our needs in a crazy time for hospitality. They created beautiful structures that enclosed our urban gardens and enabled us to get creative in adjacent land attached to our sites; converting them from lost space into beautiful safe dining experiences ‘

Could a marquee solution help sustain your business during the winter months?

Whilst every situation is different, marquees have proven to be a viable solution for many businesses during this challenging period. Inside Outside offer short, medium and long term marquee hire, tailored to the very specific needs of each establishment with which they work. Inside Outside have a proven track record in delivering COVID safe spaces; pub marquees, restaurant extensions, Café, bars and retail outlet marquee solutions. You can contact the team to find out how they can help you on 01372 459485 or by email:

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