Beaconsfield motorway pub set to open doors

Bucks Free Press: Motorway pub set to open doors Motorway pub set to open doors

JD Wetherspoon will officially open the country's first motorway bar and restaurant at Beaconsfield services on Tuesday.

The controversial plans for the first motorway pub in England received mixed reactions from residents but the ‘The Hope and Champion’ management team are excited to start serving customers.

Manager of the M40 branch, Steve Baldwin said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into The Hope and Champion.”

The new establishment will be open from 4am until 1am seven days a week and the pub, which is split over two floors, is licensed to serve alcohol from 9am.

Mr Baldwin said: “The Extra Motorway Service Area, now including The Hope and Champion, primarily serves the Motorway users, but its facilities are also available to the surrounding community from the local road network.”

Despite the new establishment having a 24-hours license approved in June 2013 by the South Bucks District Council, concerns are being raised about drink driving.

Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for Brake, a national road safety charity, said: “The opening of a pub on a motorway is a serious concern, presenting a potentially deadly temptation to drivers.

“Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our road, causing devastation to families and communities every day.”

Despite concerns, JD Wetherspoon’s are keen to prove they are doing all they can to prevent drink driving.

They will include the national Drink Drive Awareness logos on its menus and remove all alcoholic promotional deals.

Brake campaigner, Mr Morrow added: “It is vitally important that messages about the dangers of drink driving are as strong and obvious as possible, so drivers know it’s not okay to stop off for a quick drink on their way home. Our advice is not to have a drop if you are driving.”

120 jobs have been created by the development of the £1.8million, outlet which is located adjacent to Junction 2 on the M40 motorway.

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2:38pm Thu 16 Jan 14

BucksComment says...

Silly man from Brake.

What about all of the fast food outlets already open there?

Surely the dangers of a driver suddenly becoming massively fat at the wheel and hence causing a crash when the suspension breaks and the car disintegrates in the middle of the road far outweigh those of a few drunk drivers?
Silly man from Brake. What about all of the fast food outlets already open there? Surely the dangers of a driver suddenly becoming massively fat at the wheel and hence causing a crash when the suspension breaks and the car disintegrates in the middle of the road far outweigh those of a few drunk drivers? BucksComment
  • Score: 6

3:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

miccles says...

Excellent news, hope it does well.
Excellent news, hope it does well. miccles
  • Score: 11

3:41pm Thu 16 Jan 14

dbanes says...

As a drinker, ex publican in fact, but someone with a drink OR drive policy I can't really understand the need for a pub on a motorway. I suppose if there's a group stopping for lunch with a nominated non drinking driver that works.

Hope it goes well for them, but I fear a backfire, a crashed vehicle full of young people in the early hours of the morning on one of the surrounding roads. Let's hope not.
As a drinker, ex publican in fact, but someone with a drink OR drive policy I can't really understand the need for a pub on a motorway. I suppose if there's a group stopping for lunch with a nominated non drinking driver that works. Hope it goes well for them, but I fear a backfire, a crashed vehicle full of young people in the early hours of the morning on one of the surrounding roads. Let's hope not. dbanes
  • Score: 9

8:54pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bluebanana says...

Most pubs have car parks. Hence, a lot of people already drive to pubs (whether they have an alcoholic drink or not). This one is no different so I don't see that there is an issue.
Most pubs have car parks. Hence, a lot of people already drive to pubs (whether they have an alcoholic drink or not). This one is no different so I don't see that there is an issue. bluebanana
  • Score: 12

9:19pm Thu 16 Jan 14

England must be saved says...

Think this may be the thin end of the wedge :-(
Think this may be the thin end of the wedge :-( England must be saved
  • Score: -2

9:45am Fri 17 Jan 14

no1buzz says...

I can't see the difference between the pub which is NOT on the motorway and the likes of pubs such as those in Stokenchurch which are just as near to the motorway network as this new one.
I can't see the difference between the pub which is NOT on the motorway and the likes of pubs such as those in Stokenchurch which are just as near to the motorway network as this new one. no1buzz
  • Score: 14

11:10am Fri 17 Jan 14

amfm says...

Has Ed Morrow actually been up to the Beaconsfield services? It isn't on the motorway; its on a A-road. Completely separate from the M40.
Has Ed Morrow actually been up to the Beaconsfield services? It isn't on the motorway; its on a A-road. Completely separate from the M40. amfm
  • Score: 6

1:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

thethe says...

"Steve Baldwin said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into The Hope and Champion.” "

Myself? that doesn't make sense. Surely he means "My team and I are looking forward......"
"Steve Baldwin said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into The Hope and Champion.” " Myself? that doesn't make sense. Surely he means "My team and I are looking forward......" thethe
  • Score: -3

3:39pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Scarletto says...

Totally barmy to serve alcoholic drinks at all hours in a motorway service area.. Increased risk of drink-driving and injury or death.
Totally barmy to serve alcoholic drinks at all hours in a motorway service area.. Increased risk of drink-driving and injury or death. Scarletto
  • Score: -5

5:04pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Hedgehunter says...

Scarletto wrote:
Totally barmy to serve alcoholic drinks at all hours in a motorway service area.. Increased risk of drink-driving and injury or death.
Such utter nonsense.

What about passengers? Might they not want an alcoholic drink? Or those staying overnight at the Ibis hotel? Or those that can actually manage to enjoy an alcoholic drink with their food but sill stay below the legal limit?

Honestly, do you really think that this will cause people to suddenly lose it and think "I must have three pints, because I can"? Maybe those people exist already, but as another poster inferred, they can already come off the motorway at most junctions and stop at the nearest pub.
[quote][p][bold]Scarletto[/bold] wrote: Totally barmy to serve alcoholic drinks at all hours in a motorway service area.. Increased risk of drink-driving and injury or death.[/p][/quote]Such utter nonsense. What about passengers? Might they not want an alcoholic drink? Or those staying overnight at the Ibis hotel? Or those that can actually manage to enjoy an alcoholic drink with their food but sill stay below the legal limit? Honestly, do you really think that this will cause people to suddenly lose it and think "I must have three pints, because I can"? Maybe those people exist already, but as another poster inferred, they can already come off the motorway at most junctions and stop at the nearest pub. Hedgehunter
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