The giant of pubs and bars Stonegate to keep the premises open for the Queen’s funeral

The giant of pubs and bars Stonegate to keep the premises open for the Queen’s funeral

Stonegate said he plans to keep some pubs and bars open on the day of the Queen's funeral (Mike Egerton / PA) (PA Archive)

Stonegate said he plans to keep some pubs and bars open on the day of the Queen’s funeral (Mike Egerton / PA) (PA Archive)

The UK’s largest pub group has said it plans to keep the premises open next Monday and show footage of the Queen’s funeral.

It comes when the vast majority of retailers have said they will close their doors during the day as a sign of respect for the queen.

However, Stonegate, which operates around 4,500 pubs and bars, said its managed premises will remain open to allow punters to celebrate the queen’s life.

The owner of Walkabout and Slug & Lettuce said those who run his leased and rented pubs will decide separately whether to open their doors on the day, which will be a public holiday.

A spokesperson for the Stonegate Group said: “The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is an important and grim occasion.

“We send our deepest condolences to the royal family at this sad time.

“Our pubs, bars and managed venues remain open and, where possible, will display the funeral on Monday 19th September to honor his life and service.

“Throughout our rented and leased property, our partners can make an independent decision applicable to their business and community.

“To find out what’s on in the nearest pub, visit their website and social media accounts.”

Meanwhile, Star Pubs & Bars, Heineken’s branch of pubs, said it could keep some venues open for the day as well, allowing independent tenants to decide.

Lawson Mountstevens, CEO of Star, said, “We are deeply saddened to learn of Her Majesty the Queen’s death.

“Our thoughts are with the royal family and also with the nation as a whole, whose heart she has captured and whose respect she has earned through years of selfless service.

“We know that millions of people across the UK will want to come together in their local pub to celebrate his life, share memories and pay tribute.

“The Star Pubs & Bars estate includes a wide variety of individual pubs that are leased to independent licensees to run as their own.

“Licensees will work to choose the most suitable and appropriate way for their pubs to pay homage and celebrate this sad occasion.

“This will include which opening hours will best meet the needs of their local community on September 19 or whether to close.”

Hospitality operators or retailers do not need to close their doors on the day of the funeral.

The government’s guidance is: “Some companies may wish to consider closing or postponing events, particularly on the day of state funerals, however, this is at the discretion of individual companies.”

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