Burger King given alcohol licence

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

01 December 2015

A Suffolk branch of Burger King has become the first in the fast food giant’s estate to be granted a licence to sell alcohol.

The restaurant in Bury St Edmunds is now permitted to serve one beer per adult, up until 9pm and under the condition that no drinks are taken outside. The restaurant had applied for permission to serve drinks from 10am till 11pm seven days a week, but had to bow to the concerns of the local police and council.

Local licensing inspector Matt Dee told the council: 'Other night-time economies [in Bury] have door staff, CCTV, substantial staff training and policies for identifying underage customers. The applicant [Burger King] would be free to sell strong spirits in its current application format which the constabulary deem inappropriate for the type of premises and lack of safeguarding.'

It is believed Burger King plans to sell plastic bottles of American beer to be drunk on its premises. According to The Telegraph, CPL Foods, Burger King’s parent company, is also seeking permission to sell alcohol at branches in Blackpool, Hull and Newcastle-under-Lyme. The trial is believed to be the first step in a plan for a wider roll-out across Burger King’s 654 branches.

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