WETHERSPOONS will be reopening more of its pubs across the country next week - and extending the opening hours of those which have already welcomed back customers. 

The pub chain announced that a further 44 pubs will be open for business from April 26, adding to the 394 which opened last week, which included The Robert Shaw in Westhoughon.

The new pub openings include those in Guildford, Ilkeston, Lincoln, Morecambe, Camborne, Driffield, Nottingham and Reading, and London.

The Spinning Mule in the town centre is not on the list to reopen on April 26, but The Robert Shaw in Westhoughton will have extended opening hours.

Wetherspoon will also go ahead with opening 60 of its pubs in Scotland and 32 in Wales next week and three pubs in Northern Ireland on April 30.

It will result in 533 of the company’s 871 pubs being open.

From April 26 all Wetherspoon pubs, including those that opened on April 12, will be extending their opening times for an extra hour each day.

Customers will be able to enter the pubs to gain access to the outside area and also to use toilets.

Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to opening the extra pubs in England as well as those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”