Brighton pubs delighted by fans during Euro Brighton News

Even though the pubs are not allowed to operate at full capacity and cannot have permanent customers, they experienced a fantastic atmosphere during the tournament.

England secured their place at the top of Group D after beating the Czech Republic by just one goal.

Fiddler’s Elbow in Boyce’s Street, Brighton, has been operating at 40% capacity since it reopened.

The venue was fully booked for England games, but also saw the pub fill up for games that did not feature the Three Lions.

The Argus: Liam O'Brien manager at The Fiddler's ArmsLiam O’Brien manager at The Fiddler’s Arms

Manager Liam O’Brien said: “After the time spent closing the pub felt completely full for euros even though we are at a limited capacity.

“England’s games have been amazing, and we can’t wait to see the next ones, especially as the people have been in such good spirits and behaved well.

“Everyone is slightly moderate in their celebrations, shouting and clapping because of the rule, but I think there has always been a great atmosphere for the games.

“What’s been great else is having supporters and representation from other countries like Portugal, Poland and Belgium.”

The Argus: Hare and Hounds pub in London Road, BrightonHare and Hounds pub in London Road, Brighton

The Hare and Hounds in London Road, Brighton can accommodate groups indoors and outdoors and has broadcast all games.

Bartender Luke Robinson said: “It’s been really good so far; everyone appreciated it for what it is in these tough times. Even though the pub is operating at a reduced capacity it seemed full. because of the great atmosphere.

“I was a little stressed in the first game, thinking it was going to be crazy, but it went well. The majority of people behaved well and respectfully.

“The next game should be good, I worked on the game against Scotland and while the game wasn’t the best it was still good to have people in the pub.

“Of course there are a few people who will cause some trouble, but it was easy to deal with.

“For the most part, dealing with people through the restrictions is fine. We can have bigger groups on the outside, but they just need to remember the rules every now and then.”

L'Argus: Ye Old King and Queen in BrightonYe Old King and Queen in Brighton

Ye Olde King and Queen at Marlborough Place, Brighton, has been in full swing since the start of the Euro. The place is decorated with the flags of the countries.

Managing Director Mark Such said: “It’s nice to get back into the sport, and it’s great to have fans in the pub cheering on the country.

“It’s incredibly difficult to manage people and keep them in order with the restrictions that have been placed on us.

“We make the pub safe and good for the people who come, but that takes some of the fun out of it.”

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