The future of the Great English boozer, may well resemble the above.
With Covid-19 restrictions still in place, Pubs are now able to open again with certain provisos.
Today (April 12th) Pubs may once again open to the public, but must follow certain guidelines.
1. Drinkers must remain outside the Pub', and only table service will be allowed.
2. The 'rule of 6' will still apply, meaning only six people may sit together.
3. You will need to book your table, glass house, rug, pod, or whatever, by using the NHS Covid App.
4. When needing the bog, you will have to wear a mask (often essential in Pub' loos anyway).
The photo above shows one example of 'The 21st C Pub'; this particular one is in Gloucestershire.
Personally when I visit my 'local' I want to see a cheery barmaid over the counter, I want the warm ambiance of a 15th or 16th C interior (preferably in Sussex), and in winter I would certainly want an open log fire in a big old inglenook.
When I go for a pint of wallop, I want to lean on the counter, chat with the landlord/lady, ask advice from Jim the village garage man, exchange gardening tips with old man Fuller, and chuck a few darts with Charlie.
What I DON'T want is to be made to sit in some stark bloody greenhouse out in a field, pay a bloody fortune for a simple glass of waitress-served beer, and be made to feel like some bloody great roaming virus.
I'm not in England, but if I was, I'd buy a few cans from Waitrose, sit on my comfortable sofa at home, and sup whilst listening to Vera Lynn singing 'We'll meet again'.
I ain't going in no glass box; so there!