First pints pulled as new motorway pub opens doors

First pints pulled as new motorway pub opens doors

First pints pulled as new motorway pub opens doors

First pints pulled as new motorway pub opens doors

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DRINKERS got their first chance to sample a service station tipple this morning as the country's first motorway bar and restaurant opened in Beaconsfield.

The controversial plans received mixed reactions from residents but the JD Wetherspoon watering hole ‘The Hope and Champion’ at the M40 services opened its doors and served its first customers this morning.

The national media descended on Beaconsfield for the opening, which was widely debated on this morning’s TV news, as staff at the groundbreaking bar worked their first shift since it was granted a licence last summer.

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

“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."

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.

The pub’s licence was granted by South Bucks District Council and concerns about the possibility for drink driving have resurfaced after it was approved last summer.

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."

A survey by motoring organisation the RAC found only 12 per cent of people support the idea of motorway pubs, and around two thirds of the 2,000 people asked said they were against the decision.

Around 120 jobs have been created by the development of the £1.1million outlet, which is located adjacent to Junction 2 on the M40 motorway.

It is designed on two floor levels with views of the lake and woodlands. It also has internal and external customer seating areas as well as a pavement café style area at the front of the building.

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5:16pm Tue 21 Jan 14

motco says...

The barman in the picture is most certainly not "pulling a pint" - he's turning on a tap to draw off some characterless fizzy drink.
The barman in the picture is most certainly not "pulling a pint" - he's turning on a tap to draw off some characterless fizzy drink. motco
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

I'm shocked that they've opened a Wetherspoons at a motorway service station.

That's way too far from a benefits office.


sickipedia :-)
I'm shocked that they've opened a Wetherspoons at a motorway service station. That's way too far from a benefits office. sickipedia :-) Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

unhappyhammer says...

Seriously? A pub on a motorway? Who the heck aproved that? I swear this world has completely lost the plot and I AM the only sane one left.
Seriously? A pub on a motorway? Who the heck aproved that? I swear this world has completely lost the plot and I AM the only sane one left. unhappyhammer
  • Score: -11

7:26pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Man in the Street says...

Pub Opens by Roadside.

Wow - that's really news, isn't it?
Pub Opens by Roadside. Wow - that's really news, isn't it? Man in the Street
  • Score: 7

9:59pm Tue 21 Jan 14

erm says...

its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road
its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road erm
  • Score: 24

11:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

JRCash says...

Cheap beer, 24hour McDonalds next door, hotel the other side wot more could u ask for..even coud get the newspaper from WHSmiths the next morning..
Cheap beer, 24hour McDonalds next door, hotel the other side wot more could u ask for..even coud get the newspaper from WHSmiths the next morning.. JRCash
  • Score: 10

7:04am Wed 22 Jan 14

MunsterX says...

erm wrote:
its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road
The Papermill is readily accessible by pedestrians, pedestrian access to the motorway service area a matter of life or death!

If four people sit down together for a drink and each have two pints then the manager should press a buzzer to TVP or the traffic cops requesting immediate attendance as at least one of the four is a driver and over the limit!

If the public want to take their chances with drink driving then that is up to them, but here we see drink driving blatantly facilitated by authorities who should know better.
[quote][p][bold]erm[/bold] wrote: its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road[/p][/quote]The Papermill is readily accessible by pedestrians, pedestrian access to the motorway service area a matter of life or death! If four people sit down together for a drink and each have two pints then the manager should press a buzzer to TVP or the traffic cops requesting immediate attendance as at least one of the four is a driver and over the limit! If the public want to take their chances with drink driving then that is up to them, but here we see drink driving blatantly facilitated by authorities who should know better. MunsterX
  • Score: 0

8:01am Wed 22 Jan 14

sueplomas@yahoo.co.uk says...

If the bar does not start selling alcohol till 9am why does it open at 4am?? Bit pointless i think???
If the bar does not start selling alcohol till 9am why does it open at 4am?? Bit pointless i think??? sueplomas@yahoo.co.uk
  • Score: -4

9:26am Wed 22 Jan 14

Kania 2000 says...

Just like the rest of Europe. All we need now is some better food at sensible prices.
Just like the rest of Europe. All we need now is some better food at sensible prices. Kania 2000
  • Score: 3

9:37am Wed 22 Jan 14

no1buzz says...

MunsterX wrote:
erm wrote:
its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road
The Papermill is readily accessible by pedestrians, pedestrian access to the motorway service area a matter of life or death!

If four people sit down together for a drink and each have two pints then the manager should press a buzzer to TVP or the traffic cops requesting immediate attendance as at least one of the four is a driver and over the limit!

If the public want to take their chances with drink driving then that is up to them, but here we see drink driving blatantly facilitated by authorities who should know better.
so people who use the service area aren't ' the public'?
[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]erm[/bold] wrote: its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road[/p][/quote]The Papermill is readily accessible by pedestrians, pedestrian access to the motorway service area a matter of life or death! If four people sit down together for a drink and each have two pints then the manager should press a buzzer to TVP or the traffic cops requesting immediate attendance as at least one of the four is a driver and over the limit! If the public want to take their chances with drink driving then that is up to them, but here we see drink driving blatantly facilitated by authorities who should know better.[/p][/quote]so people who use the service area aren't ' the public'? no1buzz
  • Score: 2

9:42am Wed 22 Jan 14

Bill Taxpayer says...

If that's the selection of 'beer' they have there, it's not worth going.

Anyway, plenty of pubs right next to A roads - there always have been. So what's all the fuss about?
If that's the selection of 'beer' they have there, it's not worth going. Anyway, plenty of pubs right next to A roads - there always have been. So what's all the fuss about? Bill Taxpayer
  • Score: 7

10:09am Wed 22 Jan 14

acjy1985 says...

Kania 2000 wrote:
Just like the rest of Europe. All we need now is some better food at sensible prices.
I'm not sure if they will be serving food (I have assumed they will), but Wetherspoon's grub is hugely better than the usual Motorway Services 'food' both in terms of quality and price.
[quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: Just like the rest of Europe. All we need now is some better food at sensible prices.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure if they will be serving food (I have assumed they will), but Wetherspoon's grub is hugely better than the usual Motorway Services 'food' both in terms of quality and price. acjy1985
  • Score: 8

10:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

s6blr says...

I pray their liability insurance is up to date!
I pray their liability insurance is up to date! s6blr
  • Score: -2

10:50am Wed 22 Jan 14

erm says...

MunsterX wrote:
erm wrote:
its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road
The Papermill is readily accessible by pedestrians, pedestrian access to the motorway service area a matter of life or death!

If four people sit down together for a drink and each have two pints then the manager should press a buzzer to TVP or the traffic cops requesting immediate attendance as at least one of the four is a driver and over the limit!

If the public want to take their chances with drink driving then that is up to them, but here we see drink driving blatantly facilitated by authorities who should know better.
I would still say that the majority of people will have someone in their party who will drive to a pub like the brewers fayre, and even though alcohol is available they will drive home completely sober.

It will be a tiny minority of people who will drink then drive, and they will already be doing it on a regular basis, opening this new pub will not make a blind bit of difference to their disregard for their own safety or ours.

If four people sit down together and have two pints, they could be on a coach or mini bus and not driving at all.

Tesco sell alcohol right next to the M40 24 hours a day, and far cheaper...
[quote][p][bold]MunsterX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]erm[/bold] wrote: its no closer to the M40 than the papermill on the london road[/p][/quote]The Papermill is readily accessible by pedestrians, pedestrian access to the motorway service area a matter of life or death! If four people sit down together for a drink and each have two pints then the manager should press a buzzer to TVP or the traffic cops requesting immediate attendance as at least one of the four is a driver and over the limit! If the public want to take their chances with drink driving then that is up to them, but here we see drink driving blatantly facilitated by authorities who should know better.[/p][/quote]I would still say that the majority of people will have someone in their party who will drive to a pub like the brewers fayre, and even though alcohol is available they will drive home completely sober. It will be a tiny minority of people who will drink then drive, and they will already be doing it on a regular basis, opening this new pub will not make a blind bit of difference to their disregard for their own safety or ours. If four people sit down together and have two pints, they could be on a coach or mini bus and not driving at all. Tesco sell alcohol right next to the M40 24 hours a day, and far cheaper... erm
  • Score: 8

1:44pm Wed 22 Jan 14

motco says...

Bill Taxpayer wrote:
If that's the selection of 'beer' they have there, it's not worth going.

Anyway, plenty of pubs right next to A roads - there always have been. So what's all the fuss about?
Judging from a photograph I saw somewhere today, they do have a line-up of ales on hand pumps. Of course keeping them properly is another matter...
[quote][p][bold]Bill Taxpayer[/bold] wrote: If that's the selection of 'beer' they have there, it's not worth going. Anyway, plenty of pubs right next to A roads - there always have been. So what's all the fuss about?[/p][/quote]Judging from a photograph I saw somewhere today, they do have a line-up of ales on hand pumps. Of course keeping them properly is another matter... motco
  • Score: 0

1:08am Thu 23 Jan 14

stevet123 says...

unhappyhammer wrote:
Seriously? A pub on a motorway? Who the heck aproved that? I swear this world has completely lost the plot and I AM the only sane one left.
your find it is not on the motorway, you have to leave the motorway at junction 2, and drive to roundabout go round it to traffic lights turn left, then turn right at another roundabout and enter the service station, surely if it was on the motorway, cars would crash into the building
[quote][p][bold]unhappyhammer[/bold] wrote: Seriously? A pub on a motorway? Who the heck aproved that? I swear this world has completely lost the plot and I AM the only sane one left.[/p][/quote]your find it is not on the motorway, you have to leave the motorway at junction 2, and drive to roundabout go round it to traffic lights turn left, then turn right at another roundabout and enter the service station, surely if it was on the motorway, cars would crash into the building stevet123
  • Score: 2

1:10am Thu 23 Jan 14

stevet123 says...

acjy1985 wrote:
Kania 2000 wrote:
Just like the rest of Europe. All we need now is some better food at sensible prices.
I'm not sure if they will be serving food (I have assumed they will), but Wetherspoon's grub is hugely better than the usual Motorway Services 'food' both in terms of quality and price.
yes they are selling food
[quote][p][bold]acjy1985[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kania 2000[/bold] wrote: Just like the rest of Europe. All we need now is some better food at sensible prices.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure if they will be serving food (I have assumed they will), but Wetherspoon's grub is hugely better than the usual Motorway Services 'food' both in terms of quality and price.[/p][/quote]yes they are selling food stevet123
  • Score: 0

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