Fast food outlet’s booze licence

Houndshill, Blackpool
Houndshill, Blackpool
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A Blackpool burger restaurant is set to be one of the first fast food outlets in the country to sell alcohol.

Burger King has been granted a licence to sell booze at its outlet which is part of the food court within the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

The licence covers the whole of the food court which boasts five eateries in total - Mexican food outlet El Taco Loco, Roosters Southern Fried Chicken, Thaina Noodle Bar and Real Cafe - who all share a seating area.

Other restaurants within the centre, including Ed’s Diner, also have alcohol licences.

The move has prompted fears alcohol could be served at more fast food restaurants in future.

But Burger King said today it had no plans to roll the initiative out nationally.

A spokesman said: “Burger King restaurants are committed to providing a positive guest experience globally.

“Alcohol has long been served in several Burger King restaurants that are located in airports and other transit locations in the UK.

“This is not a new promotion and we have no current plans to roll it out nationally.”

As well as Blackpool, alcohol licences have been sought for Burger Kings in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Hull and Bury St Edmunds.

Blackpool Council, which granted the licence for the Houndshill Food Court last month, said there had been no objections to the application.

Alcohol may only be served with food and cannot be consumed off the premises.

Blackpool’s chairman of licensing Adrian Hutton said: “The licence that has been granted is for the food court, therefore it would be up to the individual outlets to decide whether they want to sell alcohol.

“The whole of the town centre is covered by a saturation policy, therefore we look at each individual application for an alcohol licence on its own merits. Obviously if there are any problems, then we will go back and deal with it as appropriate.”