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Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

On 1 December 2020 the government announced a one-off £1,000 grant for public houses who derive the majority of their income from alcohol sales rather than food sales.

Subject to the eligibility criteria below, the grant is payable to public houses that are in a Tier 2 or Tier 3 area for either or both of the national restriction periods from 2 December 2020 to 15 December 2020, and from 16 December 2020 to 29 December 2020. Only one grant is payable even if the businesses is in a Tier 2 restriction for both periods.

Eligibility Criteria

Public houses wishing to claim the grant must provide evidence from before 11 March 2020 that less than 50% of their income is from food sales. Public houses who made more than 50% of their income from food sales will not qualify for the grant.

The public house must have been trading on 30 November 2020, and will meet this criteria even if they were closed due to lockdown restrictions.

A public house is considered to be one that meets the following criteria (without national or local restrictions):

  • Open to the general public,
  • Allows free entry,
  • Allows drinking at the bar without requiring food to be consumed, and
  • Permits drinks to be considered at the bar

The following are not considered to meet these criteria and do not qualify for the grant:

  • Restaurants and cafes
  • Nightclubs,
  • Snack Bars,
  • Hotels, Guesthouses and Boarding Houses,
  • Sporting venues, music venues, concert halls and theatres
  • Museums
  • Exhibition halls
  • Cinemas
  • Casinos

These businesses may still qualify for other grants. More information can be found on our Support for Business page.


To apply for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs you'll need:

  • your business account reference number
  • trading accounts 

Apply for the Christmas Support Payment

The closing date for applications is 28 Febuary 2021.