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Tea rooms gets clearance to offer alcohol with meals

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 31, 2013

Heath House Farm Tearooms

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LICENSING officials have approved an application for a new premises licence for a tea rooms in Forsbrook.

Approval has been granted by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council licensing sub-committee for a premises licence for Heath House Farm, Caverswall Old Road, Forsbrook, to enable the business to provide live and recorded music indoors from Monday to Sunday 10am to midnight and provide late night refreshment indoors from Monday to Sunday 11pm to midnight and supply alcohol Monday to Sunday from 10am until 11pm, and for the premises to be open Monday to Sunday from 9am to midnight.

Manager at the venue, Arthur Doherty said: “We are thrilled that we have gained the permission to serve alcohol to our customers. We have been open and serving food for five years now and it is something that our customers have been asking for. We are not necessary going to have any live music just yet but we applied for this at the same time as we are looking at hosting wedding receptions here in the future.” Prior to the decision made by SMDC to grant the licence, the venue had agreed certain terms for the licence which Staffordshire Police had set out to form part of the new licence.

These include: 1. The supply of alcohol in the premises shall be for consumption by customers on the premises only and ancillary to a table meal. Bar snacks are not considered as a table meal.

2. The premises must adopt the challenge 25 scheme to tackle under age sales. All staff must be fully trained in its use before being allowed to sell alcohol and a record is to be kept of staff training in relation to the challenge 25 scheme.

3. Both initial and any refresher training in relation to the sale of alcohol will contain a written test to be undertaken by the staff member and this record must be signed and dated by both the member of staff and the designated premise supervisor.

4. All records of staff training, including written tests must be kept fully updated at all times and held at the licensed premises. These records must be made available immediately to police officers, police licensing officers or trading standards officers upon request.

5. A refusals book must be held at the premises and contain details of the time and date of any sales that are refused in relation to persons that are under age. The book must also contain details of the staff member refusing the sale. This book must be checked on a monthly basis by the designated premises supervisor or duty manager and endorsed accordingly by the DPS or duty manager signing the book with the time and date of inspection.

6. Persons purchasing alcoholic drinks who appear to be under age of 25 must be required to produce proof of age by was of a proof of age card accredited under the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) or if a proof of age card is not available a genuine photo driving licence or passport.

The applicant submitted the following with the application: “The premises is a small tea room/restaurant, seating no more than 50 persons at one time and is situated in a rural setting on premises that also house a garden nursery and a farm/gift shop.

“Since its opening in the summer of 2008 the tearooms have increased in popularity and our customers’ feedback clearly indicates that their dining experience will be enhanced if alcohol can be consumed with meals.

“We are open seven days a week from 9am until 5pm and we serve breakfasts, lunches, light snacks and desserts together with hot and cold drinks.

“We are also open on one or two occasions per week for evening events from 7pm until midnight.

“These include a regular weekly booking, a monthly themed evening and occasional private parties.” The application received 18 objections from residents with regards to concerns over public safety, public nuisance and crime /disorder, increased traffic, noise pollution, and the close proximity to a residential area.

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