READERS of the News and Star certainly have mixed views o Wetherspoons.

The pub chain is set to open beer gardens, rooftop gardens and patios at 394 of its pubs across England when lockdown restrictions ease from Monday, April 12.

The pubs will be open from 9am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays - although some branches will have restrictions on closing times.

When they reopen a slightly reduced menu will be offered, with food available from 9am to 8pm seven days a week.

Customers will be able to order and pay through the Wetherspoon app, and staff will be able to take orders and payment at the table.

But not everyone was delighted with the news - several readers of the News and Star took to Facebook to express their views when asked whether they were looking forward to pubs reopening.

Phil Rickerby said: "No, not until I can go inside to the bar and buy a pint with cash and stand with it no apps,cards waiter service etc."

Brian Smith added: "I mean if I liked conventional cheap beer with a mountain to climb to get to the bogs, then I'd go.

"But as I like decent ale and decent food and don't possess the skills of Bear Grylls, ill be gladly giving it a miss."

Paul Williams said: "Just remember the owner's attitude to staff.

"Toilet facilities were outdated and dirty...not sure i trust company to improve hygiene during current times.

"There are better alternatives."

Snowie James Flatley agreed, and said: "As someone already said remember how he acted and did not want to support his staff during this tough time."

Michael Noble's objection was based around the weather - he said: "Nah I definitely won’t be sitting outside, it’s still too cold."

Meanwhile Martin Armstrong joked: "I’m still on my way back from the toilets from last year."

Customers will be able to enter the pubs to gain access to the outside areas and use toilets, while test and trace will be in operation.