Sunbed wars come to UK as pub lets punters save beer garden spots with towels

This year, sunbed wars have been making headlines as tourists fight it out over the best spots by the pool. We’ve seen Brits lining their shoes up to queue for a seat while in Benidorm, the police had to get involved.

But, while holidaymakers wake up at 6am to bag a beach spot it’s not something that generally affects us here in rainy Britain. Until now, that is, as a pub will allow drinkers to reserve their spot in its beer garden with their beach towel.

To give pubgoers a true holiday experience, Josh Teasdale, General Manager of Northampton’s Spinney Hill pub, is allowing customers to reserve their seats in their beer garden on a sunny day. Using the classic holiday rule you just have to pop your towel down to make sure nobody steals your spot.

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Sounds like a great idea when it’s often a tussle to get a table during hot weather. Visitors to Spinney Hill can skip the afternoon crowds by bagging their beer garden spot before the masses descend.

In true British holiday style, all they need to do is drape a towel over the pub garden chair of their choice, ensuring they have a comfortable spot to enjoy a drink in the sunshine. It seems the pub is trying to give us all the feeling of being abroad when many have cut back on holidays during the cost-of-living crisis

The idea came about after research showed that 45% of Brits reserve their sunbed when abroad. Plus, 43% look for a classic British-style pub garden when on holiday.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults found that 24% of Brits go to a pub abroad for a full English, 23% do it to watch UK sports and 22% enjoy a home away from home. The Spinney Hill pub has combined the two so you feel like you’re abroad while sitting in Britain.

Josh Teasdale, General Manager at Spinney Hill, said "Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a holiday abroad this year, so here at Spinney Hill we wanted to bring that holiday feel to our locals.

"Even when we’re on holiday, pubs are a big part of the experience, so it was important to the team that we have something special here at Spinney Hill. We know how busy the beer garden gets, especially during a heatwave, so we wanted to give customers a fun way to reserve their favourite."

But, the pub's offer doesn't end there. For those who can’t make it abroad this year, pub company and brewer Greene King are giving customers the chance to win a £5,000 holiday voucher. To be in with a chance of winning, all customers need to do is visit, enter their details, and name their favourite drink to enjoy in the sun.

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