Just the ticket Can pubs get round substantial meal rule by charging customers to hear live music
8th December 2020 (Daily Mail). Pubs are urging punters to buy tickets to live music nights in a bid to exploit a Tier 2 lockdown loophole which means they can order drinks without a 'substantial meal'. Thousands of watering holes have been affected by the rules which forbid landlords providing alcohol to be drunk on the premises, unless it is served with a portion of food. The definition of a 'substantial meal' has also been the subject of much discussion, with ministers concluding after days of confusion that a scotch egg would be an acceptable accompaniment to a pint or glass of wine.
Reporting by Tom Pyman
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