Borders distilleries seek updated planning permission

Plans for the construction of two distilleries on the site of a former hotel in the Scottish Borders have been re-submitted after initial approval for the development lapsed. A similar planning request that was given the green light in 2017, however, approval for these plans expired in January. Under the updated plans submitted to the Scottish Borders Council, Torabhaig Distillery owner Mossburn Distillers hopes to construct two distilleries with adjoining visitor centres, as well as…

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Government bars u-turn on exemption from 10pm curfew

The UK government has reversed its decision to sell alcohol in parliamentary bars after 10pm to match curfew regulations enforced in hospitality venues across England. The ruling comes into force today, four days after bars and restaurants in England were ordered to close their doors from 10pm in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus. According to a UK parliament spokesperson, catering facilities in parliament will remain open later when the House of Commons is…

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Vinexpo NY creates webinar series on US market

Trade show Vinexpo New York has launched a series of online seminars to help brands launch in the US. The new five-part webinar series, called Growing Brands in the US Market, has been created by Vinexpo New York and Sonoma State University. The education series aims to help companies navigate and better understand the complexities of working in the US. Each webinar will feature industry experts discussing the latest developments in the industry, as well…

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Curfew will ‘significantly’ cut on-trade visits

Mandatory 10pm closures in Britain will “significantly reduce” visits to pubs, bars and restaurants, and cause drinkers to head home to continue socialising after the curfew, a new survey suggests. According to the CGA Consumer Pulse Survey, which polled 1,000 British consumers following the announcement of a 10pm curfew on bars in England, 40% of respondents said they will go out less often as a result of the enforced closures. Just 14% of those polled…

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Milk & Honey to close for good

Award-winning London bar Milk & Honey will permanently close after 18 years as a direct result of the 10pm hospitality curfew imposed in England. Milk & Honey owner Jonathan Downey took to Twitter to announce the news. In his Tweets, Downey said: “We’ve got two more nights of drastically reduced trading at Milk & Honey (Fri/Sat) and then, after over 18yrs in Soho, we’re closing for good. After an extension to the #ForfeitureMoratorium, we’d planned…

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