A new Wetherspoons was opened today on the M40 Motorway Services. However this has not been without some form of controversy.

The Hope and Champion will be open from 4am and will be able to sell alcohol to customers between 9am-1am seven days a week. There has been some uproar about the opening of this new £1.2million pub, with stiff and strong criticism coming from the RAC. Despite the opening of the new pub only 12% of the 2,000 questioned by the RAC were in favour of opening this new establishment.

Pete Williams, RAC’s head of external affairs, when asked about his views on the pub he said “of all places to put a pub, why choose a motorway service station?” He later goes on to say that the temptation to drink would go up significantly as the access to alcohol would now be a lot easier. However the owner of The Hope and Champion, Steve Baldwin has said that it will also be open to “the surrounding community and local roads”. As well as this Baldwin later added that it won’t just be alcoholic drinks that will be served, he added that there will also be non-alcoholic drinks as well as hot drinks on offer to customers.

To conclude this article, it is clear that most people are highly against this new establishment with a measly 12% of people agreeing with the pubs opening. As well as this, a major car-based company in the form of the RAC have also expressed their negative views towards the opening of the pub emphasising the temptation to drink would be increased.

The view of the UK’s leading Mobile Bar Hire provder is “Although this is good for the industry, we need to be sure that it does not encourage people to drink and drive.  Being aware of the issues of alcohol and health is a vital part of the industry. In addition to this the safety of roadusers should always be a priority”.

Here at Bar News, we would be interested to hear your views on this matter, please contact us.

‘Underage and Over the Limit’ – the title is a good way to grasp the concept of a hard hitting BBC3 documentary shown on the 14/01/14. The show followed a youth worker by the name of Phil Tye as he battles the huge underage drinking problems in the North East of England. This was achieved in some cases by getting them involved in activities that got them off the streets and their minds off alcohol. 

The North East has the highest number of young drinkers between the ages of 11 and 15 than any other area of the UK. The show also met the youngsters to find out what made them turn to drink at such a young age in the first place. Set in Sunderland and Newcastle, the programme showed how cheap it is to buy alcohol and the lengths the youngsters will go to just to have a drink.

With a parent buying alchol for her child through to 14-15 year olds passing out in a public park late at night – it highlights the possible issues the drinks industry may be facing.

The documentary aims to bring light to the troubles in the North East and the whole country.

Have you seen someone drinking in excess under the age of 18?

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In 2013, Crayford based business Mobile Bar Hire won the ‘Best Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism Business’ in the Bexley Business Awards. The company look set to go one better this year as they have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2014 Bexley Business Awards in 2 categories – ‘Best Small Business’ and ‘Best Business for Apprenticeships and the Employment of Young People.’

Mobile Bar Hire is a Finalist

The portable bar providers had a record year in 2013 with some remarkable events for the likes of UEFA and the MOBO Awards – all landing them in good stead for the ‘Best Small Business Award’. At the beginning of 2013, the company took on their first ever apprentice who is now a full time member of the team. The success of this first apprentice has led to the company beginning the process of hiring another budding young worker.

The results will be revealed at a Gala dinner at the Marriot Hotel, Bexleyheath on the 6th February 2014.  All of the finalists shortlisted in the 11 categories will be in attendance hoping to claim the prize.

For more information on Mobile Bar Hire’s short listing in the Bexley Business Awards, get in contact here.

Mobile Bar Hire have been announced as the Official Hospitality Partners to the Bluewater Wedding Fair for the 3rd year in a row. The two wedding based exhibitions in 2014 will be held in the shopping centre’s venue, Glow. The Wedding Fair is host to every service that can be provided for your big day – from photography to honey moons to bridleware.

However, Mobile Bar Hire have not only been announced as the Official Hospitality Partners to the Bluewater Wedding Fair, but the new to 2014 London ExCel Wedding Fair too! Having held the position since the very first Wedding Fair, Mobile Bar Hire will be pulling out all the stops for their champagne bar as they provide a fully circular LED cocktail bar. The bar providers will be supplying guests with champagne, wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks.

Bluewater Wedding Fair 2014

The first of the Wedding Fairs will be held at Glow, Bluewater on the 7-9 February 2014 and similar to last year VIP ticket holders will have a front row seat at the catwalk show and will be entitled to a free glass of champagne from the fully colour changing cocktail bar.

With around 130 exhibitors under one roof, doting brides and grooms will have more than enough choice for their big day! It will also give Mobile Bar Hire and all of the exhibitors a chance to meet and perhaps even do business with each other.

To learn more of Mobile Bar Hire’s involvement in The Wedding Fars in 2014, then please feel free to get in touch.