After four long months of lockdown, where socialising has been restricted to walks in the park and zoom calls, beer gardens in Dundee, Angus, Perthshire and Fife have finally reopened.
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed at her Covid briefing last Tuesday that pubs could open their outdoor areas as planned on Monday, April 26.
And The Courier has composed the perfect guide to some of the best beer gardens open for business.
Our interactive map gives you all you need to know – like whether you can take your children and pet dog, or what food and drink is on offer at each business – on some of the most popular pubs in Tayside and Fife.
Use our map to find the beer gardens in Tayside and Fife
As well as that, we have content to complement your first pint which includes:
- A tailored pub quiz by The Courier’s nostalgia team, giving you the chance to test your local pub knowledge.
- A Spotify playlist, giving you some feelgood tunes to listen to as you catch up with friends over a drink.
- The best pub grub recipes from some of the area’s top chefs as well as brilliant cocktail recipes from the best bartenders around, which you can try at home before or after your trip to the beer garden.
Lockdown a ‘punishing experience’
The last lockdown was a punishing experience for license holders across Tayside and Fife.
Many fear that even after investing thousands of pounds to stay afloat during lockdown they will still struggle to survive, while others have admitted they have neither the finances nor the enthusiasm to begin all over again.
Some have been forced to close as the economic challenges of the pandemic took hold.
But pubs across the region have also rallied during the closures, introducing different services like take-aways and collections.
And some pubs in Dundee are now making plans to introduce more outdoor seating areas as they plan to welcome back customers.
On Monday all of Scotland moved to Level 3 of the strategic framework, including the Islands.
In Level 3 alcohol is only permitted outside and a maximum of six people from six households can book and be present on any one table. Venues will have to close by 10pm.
Indoors, alcohol is not permitted and venues must close by 8pm. A maximum of six people from two households can be present for any one booking.
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For more on Dundee pubs check out our article of scheme pubs across the decades.