PUBS cannot sell takeaway alcohol during the second lockdown.

Although restaurants, bars and pubs must close from Thursday, food takeaway and delivery services are still permitted – but serving alcohol to take away is not.

Pub bosses say the new restrictions mean that any beer left in pub cellars will have to be “tipped down the drain”.

The measures are expected to hit smaller, independent breweries hardest and have been described as “disastrous” by campaigners.

James Calder, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (Siba), said urgent clarification on sales restrictions is needed from the Government.

“As if a second national lockdown in England wasn’t disastrous enough for pubs and independent breweries, the Government has gone further this time around and introduced an unjustified restriction banning pubs from selling takeaway beer, a service which was the only source of income for many businesses during the summer lockdown,” he said.