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.
Our work has included:
- Acting for several large restaurant chains in London and across the UK, successfully obtaining Pavement Licences including separate designated areas for the same premises.
- Successfully appealing a licensing committee decision which had denied a Licence to a coffee 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 a successful restaurant in Borough Market.
- Obtaining a licence variation for a high end Mayfair restaurant 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.