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”Q: I’m looking to set up a whisky tasting business run from my home which would be used for storage. My customers will pay for a ticket and I would then go to their home or business with the whisky and carry out tutored tastings. Do I need a licence and if so what kind? I’ve asked various people and can’t get a straight answer.”
”Q: I work in a pub running a monthly draw for customers buying one of our cocktails. They just need to fill out a form with their details. The price of the cocktail isn’t increased for the purpose of the draw. The randomly-selected winner receives a bottle of alcohol which can’t be consumed on the premises. My area manager says this is an ‘irresponsible promotion’ and has to stop. Do you agree?”
"Q: We run a guest house with bar and hold a premises licence. We had an issue with a local ‘glamping’/B&B offering a “free bottle of wine with your pod” promotion. I asked our local licensing standards officer and he had a word with them and they changed it to “a free bottle of something”. Should I continue to challenge this or give up?”
”Q: I have hired a bowling club for a private function. It’s due to start at 7pm and end at midnight. I have family travelling from England and different parts of Scotland. When I made the booking I was told it was okay to have children at the party. Now I have been told the children need to leave at 9pm. Can I pay for a special licence so the children can stay until 11pm? It is not worth family travelling a long distance to only be there for two hours.”
”Q: Is it correct that spirits have to be all displayed in one continuous area in an off-licence? The only second area being permitted is behind the sales counter or in a separate kiosk – you cannot have a separate bay or area for special offers? I certainly was told this when setting up a shop. Does this still apply as I can’t find it anywhere in my training manual or through online research?”
”Q: I am about to start a skippered charter business based at a Scottish port and offering day trips for tourists. These will be catered in the form of lunch and afternoon tea but can I advertise complimentary alcohol or would I need a licence to do this? Is a sailing vessel covered under licensing laws?”
”Q: I have a B&B establishment in a tourist area and I have been thinking of placing a small decanter of whisky and glasses in the guests’ bedrooms as a welcome drink. Do I need an alcohol licence to do this as I am offering it for free and not selling it as an extra? Or what about Prosecco in the room on, say, Valentine’s Day as an extra?”
”Q: I was in a pub with my father and nephew before a football match. I was asked to take my nephew through to the lounge where he hears the same colourful language and the clientele is pretty much identical to the public bar. The boy is 14 years old and usually has a soft drink. Sometimes the lounge is bursting at the seams with people with no kids. Why do we have to go through to the lounge? I asked the bar staff but they weren’t helpful.”
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