Bar boss hits back over licence fears

Bar and Grill in Henry Street, Lytham
Bar and Grill in Henry Street, Lytham
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THE owners of a popular Lytham eaterie have spoken out over objections to their bid for a 1am late licence.

Henry’s Bar and Grill has applied to open until the later time on Friday and Saturday nights.

Co-owner Charles Furnell said: “People are worried we’ll be serving alcohol until 1.30am but we’ll be stopping at 1am.

“We have to give customers drinking up time, but we’re strict about it and are working with the police.

“We’re one of the only premises in the town without a single act of crime recorded at it. We advertised our planned opening hours and only got three objections – I think that shows the town supports us.”

Fylde Council has received several objections to the licence bid.

In his objection, Brian Shepherd, who lives on nearby Queen Street, noted: “Within shouting distance of our residences there are 10 restaurants, five takeaways, numerous cafes, two hotels and two pubs.

“To add a night club into this mix would be the final nail in the coffin.”

But Mr Furnell said the venue would not become a nightclub.

He added: “We’re not a nightclub with people spilling out into the street.

“We only let in who we want to let in. And we won’t be allowing people into the building after midnight – it’s only for those staying in the premises to be able to drink later.

Fylde Council will make a decision on the application at its licensing committee meeting on December 21.