Staffordshire Moorlands pub hopes to sell alcohol in beer garden when it reopens

A popular Staffordshire Moorlands pub is hoping to be able to sell beer outside when it reopens.

The Yew Tree Inn, in Cauldon, has applied for permission to sell alcohol in its beer garden.

Like all other pubs in England, it is currently shut due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

In his application to vary the premises licence Daniel Buckland said the application was a ‘direct result of the current Covid-19 outbreak and practical systems we will need to put in place if this business is to survive after the devastation of being closed for so long’.

The application added: “As much as life may seem to be heading to some sort of normality at the moment, businesses like ours are always going to be susceptible to pandemics like Covid-19.

“This area is approximately one fifth of an acre which I would like to license for the sale of alcohol and some music.  It is grass with some hard standing and is currently used for outside events under TENs [Temporary Events Notices] notices.

“In addition we are applying for the provision of films, this will primarily be for historic/enthusiasts films etc.”

Inside The Yew Tree Inn in Cauldon

The pub’s beer garden currently hosts a number of events including a Beer and Music Festival, Classic Vehicle Meets, St George’s Day Celebrations and more.

The application added:  “I am not looking for the same licensing hours for the field as we currently enjoy within the pub. 

“It should be mentioned that I share the pub with 84-year-old stepfather and that until there is no longer a danger to him through Covid-19 then the main building will remain closed to the public.”

The beer garden has facilities including a temporary toilet block as well as an outdoor bar – with the pub planning to use a garden tent or marquee to provide cover from the weather for customers.

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The licensing statement said:  “The temporary covered bar is fully functioning with coolers, fridges and will have a perspex screen and safe queueing system for the safety of staff and customers.

“There will be sanitizing stations throughout the beer garden and enough seating to maintain social distancing.”

A consultation on the premises licence application – which has been lodged with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council – ends on July 6.  A decision will then be made by the council.

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