Licensing gap for caterers who serve alcohol

Make text smaller Make text larger

  • Juan Wolffe, Chairman of the Liquor Licence Authority, the Senior Magistrate

    Juan Wolffe, Chairman of the Liquor Licence Authority, the Senior Magistrate


Existing liquor licences do not cover outside caterers who serve alcohol, the Liquor Licensing Authority said yesterday.

Juan Wolffe, the LLA chairman and a senior magistrate, said the authority was keen to help restaurant groups and bars who offer off-site catering regularise their position.

Mr Wolffe said at an authority meeting: “We are not seeking to stop you, but we want to raise the issue with you. Catering doesn’t fit squarely with any of the classes of licences that exist.”

Mr Wolffe raised the matter with several companies that offer catering services.

He said the authority hoped to meet the businesses to discuss the problem and make a recommendation to update the legislation.

Mr Wolffe added: “What we are going to do is set up a meeting with those of you who do catering and see if we can come to an understanding.”

Mr Wolffe also advised several restaurants to consider if they needed a nightclub licence in addition to a restaurant licence.

He explained several businesses licensed as restaurants appeared to be acting as nightclubs after the kitchens closed.

Mr Wolffe said the tactic hurt premises that had applied and paid for licences to operate as a nightclub.

He said: “It’s unfair to them. Their business is being affected by other places who act like a nightclub without permission.”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Apr 20, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 7:37 am)

Licensing gap for caterers who serve alcohol

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "Who do you think will win the World Cup?"
    • Argentina
    • 5%
    • Belgium
    • 12%
    • Brazil
    • 20%
    • England
    • 16%
    • France
    • 6%
    • Germany
    • 9%
    • Portugal
    • 25%
    • Spain
    • 8%
    • Total Votes: 4375
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries