Is a 24-Hour Pub on a Motorway a Brilliant or Utterly Terrible Idea?

By Sam Gibbs on at

It seems the government has given the go-ahead for a motorway-services pub, issuing a license to serve alcohol from 8am till 1am on the M40 at junction two. Genius or an absolute disaster waiting to happen?

Now, I'm all for more pubs, even if they are Whetherspoons, but even I have to admit that serving alcohol at a motorway service station probably isn't for the best. Of course, you don't have to drink alcohol in a pub -- you can just go there for a meal or something -- but it's putting temptation in the way of drivers, and I'm not sure that's a good thing.

I guess you could say the same for some of the many supermarket outlets on the motorways that flog booze, but at least they're in bottles and cans. We don't currently know when the new 'Spoons will open, but the £2m pub should provide around 50 jobs near Beaconsfield, so there's at least something positive to come out of the potential alcohol-fuelled carnage. [Express]

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