Latest Public house Stories

2005-11-23 18:35:00

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - The dawn of a continental-style drinking culture or a lurch into around-the-clock booze-fuelled debauchery? England and Wales will learn the answer from Thursday as they abolish the 11 p.m. (2300 GMT) closing time observed by most pubs since World War One. Proponents of new laws that will allow pubs to serve alcohol later, in some cases up to 24-hours a day, say they will usher in more civilized drinking habits like those of France or Spain. The race...

2005-11-23 04:20:02

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - About one third of all the pubs, clubs and shops in England and Wales licensed to sell alcohol will stay open for longer from midnight on Wednesday as Britain seeks a new way to tackle its binge drinking problem. Under new licensing laws, the country's pubs and bars will be allowed to stay open for longer and the fixed 11 p.m. closing time observed by most pubs since World War One will be swept away. The government says under the existing system,...

2005-11-14 14:26:55

DUBLIN (Reuters) - A nursing home in Ireland has hit on a cheering way to keep up the spirits of its elderly patients -- by providing its own pub. St Mary's Hospital in County Monaghan, near the Irish border with Northern Ireland, believes ready access to a good pint may help its patients -- average age 85 -- actually live longer. "We would say the whole social aspect of life does extend the years -- it means the patients aren't bored to death," Rose Mooney, assistant director of...

2005-10-27 11:00:00

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Britain unveiled new anti-smoking laws on Thursday but failed to impose a total ban on lighting up in workplaces after a heated debate in prime Minister Tony Blair's Labour party. Widespread reports of squabbling over the issue in cabinet have prompted some analysts to wonder whether Blair, having set the clock ticking on his departure, is losing his iron grip over his government. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced the ban would cover most -- but not...

2005-08-31 18:41:24

The UK government proposals to make public places and workplaces smokefree in England would not apply to nearly half of all pubs and bars in the North West of England, because they do not serve food. The largest and most comprehensive study to date of the likely impact of the government White Paper 'Choosing Health' is published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health. In the most deprived areas, nearly two-thirds of all pubs and bars would be exempt, which researchers claim would...

2005-01-11 17:50:00

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Beer, the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States, has an image crisis, analysts say. While it is still the nation's favorite alcoholic beverage, it continues to lose ground to wine and spirits. Beer Marketer's Insights, a trade publication, estimates beer accounted for 59.5% of the alcohol market in its peak year, 1995. That had fallen to 56.7% in 2003. In 1999, the spirits industry had 28.6% of the market. In 2003, its share had risen to 29.7%. Wine went...

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