“It’s all gone a bit pear-shaped” — that’s the reaction from the landlord of a Bracknell Forest pub after it was announced the borough will face tier two restrictions after lockdown.

The ‘high-alert’ measures will greatly affect pubs and other hospitality venues come December 2nd when new tier restrictions are enforced.


In Bracknell Forest, pubs and bars will have to close under the new rules, unless they are also operating as restaurants.

Should pubs and bars in the borough stay open like this, they must provide table service only, call last orders at 10pm and close between 11pm and 5am.

This will come as a blow to many pub landlords in the borough who may have hoped Bracknell Forest would be placed in tier one, where bars can stay open, as the area has the lowest infection rate over the past seven days in the whole of Berkshire.

Clive Wallis, landlord of The Plough and Harrow, a popular pub and restaurant off Newell Green in Warfield, gave the News his reaction to the changes.

He said: “We’re digesting it all at the moment.

“It’s a bit bizarre really because there hasn’t been any coronavirus [increase] in Bracknell Forest since it [lockdown] started.

“So that means my drinkers can’t come into the pub and make it a pub, it means people who want to come out won’t come out because they’re too frightened.

“It’s all gone a bit pear-shaped.”

The Plough and Harrow, like many other pubs up and down the country, will have faced a tough time over the past year with business being extremely limited.

The News asked Clive if this latest announcement might lead to the closure of the pub.

But the landlord assured the News his establishment would stay open thanks to help from the local community.

He said: “We’re going to carry on. We’re doing a lot of takeaways and we’ve got a lot of good reviews on [Facebook page] We Love Bracknell, We Love Warfield and our own Facebook page.

“So we’re getting busier with takeaways but it’s a frightening thing.”

During the October half-term, the pub’s bosses stepped in to cook and provide free school meals for those who needed them most when the government refused to hand out the dinners.

And despite the latest measures, Clive said the Plough and Harrow would continue to be active in the local area.

He added: “We’re still going to help the community and with helping the kids at Christmas, it won’t stop us doing things like that.

“It’s all just very frustrating.”

The new restrictions will be reviewed two weeks after they are implemented.