Licensing lawyers for restaurants and cafes
We have an extensive network of clients who own food-led businesses from award winning restaurants and small independent coffee shops, to nation-wide chains. Our team has a wealth of experience in assisting them with their licensing needs.
Restaurant operators may be subject to conditions which require substantial food to be served before alcohol can be sold, as an ancillary to a table meal. Although it is a very common licensing condition, it may not be conducive to your customers having a very relaxed experienced! We have assisted many clients in having these conditions lifted, adding real value to their restaurant businesses.
We have also helped licencees secure additional external dining areas, extending their trading area. If you would like to offer outside seating areas you will likely require a Pavement Licence/Tables and Chairs Licence, while if you intend to display advertising outside your establishment, such as on umbrellas or signs, you will need advertising consent, and if you would like to serve hot food after 11pm, this is also an activity which will require a licence
Why choose us
Our team of experts have extensive knowledge of the sector and can offer realistic and effective advice and work with you to achieve your objectives. We can work with you to make sure you have the correct licences in place for your business.
We have worked with various licensing authorities over the years and the benefit of our experience, enables us to anticipate the likely approach of these authorities and to prepare applications, as far as possible, in order to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Examples of our current and previous work includes:
- Acting for several large restaurant chains in London and across the UK, successfully obtaining Pavement Licences including separate designated areas for the same premises.
- Acting for Mbare in successfully obtaining the grant of a premises licence, with late hours, in a stress area under Lambeth Council.
- Acting for a national restaurant chain in licensing matters including new premises licences and variations to existing licences.
- Successfully appealing a licensing committee decision which had denied a Licence to the Marwood Cafe shop in Brighton, which was located in a cumulative impact area.
- Obtaining various advertising consents for a nationwide tapas chain to display, amongst other things, illuminated signage and menus, A-boards and awnings. Some consents were gained for restaurants in listed buildings and in conservation areas.
- Relaxing restaurant conditions for Arabica, a successful restaurant in Borough Market.
- Obtaining a licence variation for a high end Mayfair restaurant, Bombay Bustle, to enable pre-dinner drinks to be consumed in a newly constructed bar, and to enable the restaurant to open outside of Westminster’s core hours.
- Advising on various licensing aspects in respect of a new fine dining restaurant, Mimi Mei Fair in Curzon Street. We increased the number of covers and obtained permission for customers to have pre-dinner drinks in a designated area.
- Obtaining a new premises licence for a retail and leisure premises which included a café and a large open plan courtyard.
- Successfully obtaining a new premises licence for Mill Waters Café and Visitor Centre located in the picturesque surroundings of Kings Mill Reservoir.