I was out in town today and ended up at the Spoons in Cannon Street Station. This has a very limited kitchen, but it was interesting how they did things. So with the first drink you had to buy a “substantial meal”, in my case not very interesting chicken and chips. But you could then stay for another 2 or 3 drinks. So basically the “meal” gets you the ability to stay for a few sherberts.
Whether the Capitol or Crofton Park Tavern will do that who knows, but its a benchmark!
Spoons does have a FAQ on how they are enforcing guidleines re people being in one household. Their answer is “It is our responsibility to make customers aware of guidelines (which we will do through entrance signage), but it is not our responsibility to enforce them. The designated staff member responsible for monitoring social distancing will also monitor groups and gatherings, taking account of any guidelines.” So basically if anyone does go to a Spoons, I would work on the basis work on the basis that people inside are not necessarily from a single household.
Mind that is probably the case for any pub and restaurants as the rule of ensuring that people are from the same household/bubble is not easy for a pub to enforce, and bluntly is not in their economic interests to enforce.