Licence bosses impose new licence restrictions on Haven Bar & Bistro in Lymington

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ONE of the New Forest’s best known bar owners has been told to make major changes following a police probe.

Civic chiefs have attached a list of conditions to the alcohol licence held by Rob Smith, 53, who runs The Haven Bar & Bistro in Kings Saltern Road, Lymington.

It follows a meeting of the district council’s licensing subcommittee.

A police report presented to councillors said Mr Smith was rude “and appeared to be intoxicated” when officers visited the premises. It also alleged that the seafront bar later failed two test purchase operations by serving alcohol to people who were under-age.

Councillors could have revoked Mr Smith’s licence but decided to impose conditions demanded by the police.

They said he should install enough CCTV cameras to cover all public areas, maintain an incident book, log all refusals to sell alcohol, and train staff on preventing sales to under-18s.

Mr Smith said he had already agreed to the changes before the meeting. Referring to the allegation that he was rude and intoxicated, Mr Smith said he was off-duty and dining with friends at The Haven when police arrived at 10.15pm on a bank holiday weekend, when the bar was extremely busy.

He admitted that staff “made a mistake” when serving the people under-age but he said the two teenagers appeared in their mid-twenties and added: “In my view that’s entrapment.

“We’ve been open 12 years and weren’t in the habit of challenging anyone because we never get youngsters down here.”

Mr Smith made headlines last year after painting a Lymington post box gold after Sir Ben Ainslie won his fourth consecutive Olympic medal.

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10:02am Fri 13 Dec 13

Frank28 says...

It's very rare to have an alcohol license revoked, for fear of litigation over the resulting loss of trade.
It's very rare to have an alcohol license revoked, for fear of litigation over the resulting loss of trade. Frank28

1:13pm Fri 13 Dec 13

southamptonadi says...

Frank28 wrote:
It's very rare to have an alcohol license revoked, for fear of litigation over the resulting loss of trade.
I would of thought the designated premises licence holder would of been reprimanded and had his licence removed.

But for the police to say he was rude is neither here or there and is irelevent. There is no law or rule that says you cant be rude. If he had been shouting, screeming and swearing yes bring it up in the report, thats fine but apparantly he was just rude. Saying he appeared to be intoxicated is an unproven allegation.

He only failed two test purchases, ive seen many more off licenses fail more.
[quote][p][bold]Frank28[/bold] wrote: It's very rare to have an alcohol license revoked, for fear of litigation over the resulting loss of trade.[/p][/quote]I would of thought the designated premises licence holder would of been reprimanded and had his licence removed. But for the police to say he was rude is neither here or there and is irelevent. There is no law or rule that says you cant be rude. If he had been shouting, screeming and swearing yes bring it up in the report, thats fine but apparantly he was just rude. Saying he appeared to be intoxicated is an unproven allegation. He only failed two test purchases, ive seen many more off licenses fail more. southamptonadi

11:22am Sat 14 Dec 13

skeptik says...

Plenty of moves during my career both overseas and at home. Learned years ago that advice such as 'the best place or the most popular place' should be read as look elsewhere if you are wishing to find a decent civilized place to eat or drink. Popularity is often the lowest denominator.
Plenty of moves during my career both overseas and at home. Learned years ago that advice such as 'the best place or the most popular place' should be read as look elsewhere if you are wishing to find a decent civilized place to eat or drink. Popularity is often the lowest denominator. skeptik

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