UK’s first cashless pub opens for business in Suffolk

Drinks: Beers, Drinks
Location: UK
Other: Business

Visit The Boot in Freston, and you might as well leave your wallet at home. That’s not because landlord Mike Keen is giving pints away, but because he claims to be the first fully cashless pub in the UK.

The 16th-century pub, near Ipswich, no longer has tills, with customers instead paying either by card or through their phone.

‘Cash has always been a pain,’ says Keen, ‘You’ve got problems with theft, and banks charge you a fortune to pay cash in. The bottom line is so hard we have to take advantage where we can.’

As well as reduced insurance premiums Keen cites the time-saving factor of no longer having to physically bring till takings to the bank to pay in the money, or pay a security firm to pick up the cash.

As for disadvantages, there’s only one.

‘Some people who are used to paying with cash are taken aback when they haven’t got the option,’ he says. ‘But everyone has a bank account…’

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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