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4 Monday 13/04/09 thePublican
This Week News
BREWERS FROM around the world
are heading to the UK for a 20-day
Wetherspoons beer festival.
The event – billed as the world’s
biggest international real ale festival –
runs from April 15 to May 4 at
Wetherspoons pubs across the UK.
Among those who will brew their
beers in England for the event are
(from left to right) Tapio Kangas-
Heiska (Finland), Richard Adamson
(Australia), Alan Hansen (Canada),
Tonya Cornett (USA), Hank Oexman
(Holland) and Luke Nicholas (New
print calorie counts for dishes on the
menus at its Harvester and Scream
High Court rules that pub operators should not take blame
The UK’s biggest managed pub
group is among 18 companies backing
a new initiative to give customers
improved information when eating
By James Wilmore nated supervisor had pleaded guilty to the premises licence holder. out. four licensing breaches at the pub. Martin Rawlings, director of pub & The Food Standards Agency (FSA)
These were: playing a karaoke leisure at the British Beer & Pub which is spearheading the drive,
PUB COMPANIES and landlords system without permission; allowing Association, which supported the believes it will help
should not be liable for licensing drinking in the beer garden after case, said: “This is a very helpful consumers
offences committed by their tenants, 11pm; staff failing to tell people to ruling and offers welcome clarifica- make
after a landmark court ruling. leave quietly after 11pm and having a tion on this issue. We are pleased the healthier
Two High Court judges have upheld fire door propped open while music judges have agreed with us and choices
an appeal by pub operator Hall & was playing. accepted our interpretation.” when
Woodhouse, which was fighting a Poole Borough Council accepted But Cllr Don Collier, Poole’s envi- eating
magistrates’ conviction over licensing Hall & Woodhouse did not “know- ronment chief, said: “We are disap- out.
offences at one of its pubs. Lord ingly” allow the offences to happen pointed with the judges’ decision to M&B said
Justice Richards and Mr Justice Owen but said as premises licence-holder, uphold Hall & Woodhouse’s appeal. the information
allowed the appeal – which has been the brewery was automatically guilty “The council acted reasonably in would initially be
welcomed by the trade for giving clar- and should be responsible for any this case and this decision not only available in 25 of its pubs.
ification on the issue. licensable activities. affects us but licensing authorities But critics say it is far easier for
The case centred around the Hall & But the judges accepted that the across the country.” companies running chains and serving
Woodhouse-owned Stepping Stones in law is aimed at the actual people Hall & Woodhouse declined to pre-portioned meals to supply calorie
Poole, Dorset. The tenant and desig- allowing unlicensed activities and not comment. details than it is for independent
outlets serving fresh food.
Martin Couchman, deputy chief
Nick executive of the British Hospitality
Association, said: “If a company is
producing the same dish to the same
specification day in, day out, then it’s
easy for them.
“It’s far more difficult for a business
that is preparing dishes to order from
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT leader Nick Tuppen took umbrage at the remarks fresh ingredients.”
Clegg has defended his stance on the and wrote to the MP defending the Along with M&B, companies back-
pubco model after being criticised by model and suggested a meeting. ing the move include Burger King,
Enterprise Inns chief Ted Tuppen. But it appears Clegg has rejected KFC, Pizza Hut, Pret A Manger, Wimpy
Clegg said his comments in an the idea. Full details of the Clegg and contract catering groups Compass
exclusive Publican interview that the response have not been revealed but a and Sodexo. Retailers including Marks
pubco model is “unfair” were based spokesman from his office said the & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose
on evidence from licensees “up and letter has been passed to the Lib will also feature calorie information
down the country”. Dems’ culture spokesman Don Foster. on in-store café menus.
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