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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Nanny Licences Motorway Pub

I have to say I couldn't help but guffaw (can I say "guffaw" before the watershed?) loudly at the story today about JD Wetherspoon being granted permission to open its first motorway pub, after being given the go-ahead at services on the M40.

The bar and restaurant will open at Extra in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, and will be allowed to serve booze between 08:00 and 01:00.

Suffice to say, on cue, a storm of "moral outrage" has erupted from various anti booze groups; eg Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, is quoted by the BBC:
"To reduce alcohol-related harm, we have to reduce its availability, not increase it.

Opening a bar at a service station sends out completely the wrong message if we are trying to prevent harm from alcohol-related traffic accidents."
Errmm unless Sir Ian has been living in a cave for the last few centuries, he is surely aware that pubs and inns have been a staple feature of British roadsides since the wheel was invented. The modern form of transport (ie car) has not changed the fact that many fine pubs are placed on A roads, main roads and even humble backstreets (all accessible to, and used by, cars).

What is the difference between a pub on a road, or a pub on a motorway?

If you are stupid enough to drink and drive on an ordinary road, then you are stupid enough to do the same on a motorway.

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  1. I am sure that no one in the pub will force drivers to have a drink however, now that I am a non driver, I look forward to being able to have a pint of beer or a glass of wine with my meal, should I find myself at those services as a coach or car passenger.

  2. Considering the number of long-distance Coaches - 'probably' a higher percentage of people 'using' Motorways. are NOT driving?
    And the driver of a Coach - or a 'Large Commercial Vehicle' - is likely to be contractually required NOT to consume alcohol.

  3. But bear in mind that J D Wetherspoon banned smoking in its pubs years before the statutory ban was introduced.