Some debate among my friends and I here in the US.
Most say it's illegal to walk into a UK pub and buy everyone a drink.
Difficult British blue laws are the blame they say.
I say it's OK.
Is it legal?
...mind whilst it might be legal iT WILL DEFINETELY BE EXPENSIVE
PS Mine's a Pint of Kronenbourg Blanc and a double G&T for the wife
I'm sure customers wouldn't inform, but perhaps the pub owner has regulations and laws to follow to protect the license.
Are the Pub owners called "Publicans" in the UK proper, or just in Ireland?
There's absolutely no problem in buying everyone in a pub a drink so long as it's during licsensed hours (normally 11:00 - 23:00) outside of these times it would not and the publican/landlord would be committing an offense by selling you alcohol. However in some of the more rural areas where this is not seen as being the crime of the century the curtains may be drawn tightly closed and the chance of a 'lock-in' or 'stoppy-back' may be offered - not that I condone that in any way, shape or form ! Hic!
During regular hours mentioned above you will be all right. Not only that you'll be a very, very popular fellow!!
P.S> Choose a small pub, for the sake of your wallet
Its def LEGAL although could cost you an arm and a leg as a pint in London and uk could be anything between £2 to £3 a pint.
I thought it would be alot more!
In the working mens clubs of the Valleys I'm sure your looking at £2.25 for bitter! or is that the lager
In Castle Bingo bitter is £1 pint, lager £1.70!
Mine would be dry white wine if your still asking!
As a former licensee i can tell u that there are many byelaws surrounding pubs and alcohol in the UK (some necessary, some ludicrous ).
Eg. It would be illegal to serve alcohol to somebody drunk or a working girl - so depending on what type of establishment you drink in it might be illegal to buy 'everyone' a drink!
I'm sure your Grandpa's old pals will be most appreciative. Might I suggest that you contact the pub and ask the manager or landlord if they are aware of any law that would prevent you doing this. They may also be able to organise a collection of old photos and memorabilia from among the old boys for you to look through with them.
As a former pub manager myself, I can't think of any restrictions apart from those mentioned in previous replies. (Didn't know about the working girls, though.) One other piece of advice - don't tell them when you plan to pay them a visit! Judging by the replies here, the pub will be heaving!!!
When you planning visit? Let us know how you got on.
Good luck - Have a great time.
Post a Reply
Please sign in or register an account to reply to this post.