With the end of containment in England, a new system will come into effect on Wednesday: restrictions are now imposed on a regional scale depending on the incidence of the virus, according to a three-tier alert system. at level 2, which affects 32 million people, pubs will only be able to serve alcohol in addition to a “hearty meal”.
But pub customers are more used to sipping pints of beer with a packet of chips than at a real dinner. Will the “scotch egg,” a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and breadcrumbs, and other snacks popular with the English, be enough to give them the right to order alcohol?
Environment Minister George Eustice, who was called to address concerns, said on Monday that Scotch eggs were a meal when served at the table. But Michael Gove, minister responsible for coordinating government action, appeared to him on Tuesday to relegate this British specialty to the rank of easy entry. When unclear, restaurateurs sometimes rely on instructions from local authorities, as the owner of a pub in the north of England trusts.