Alcohol can be an important ingredient in the overall success of a shared meal, Supper Club or pop up. However, there are some key guidelines that you need to be aware of if you intend to serve alcohol at a WeFiFo event.
We would ask you to read the following information and make sure you are aware of the restrictions governing the sale of alcoholic beverages, according to UK licensing laws.
Serving alcohol at a WeFiFo event:
When you are hosting a paid event through WeFiFo, you are not allowed to offer any alcohol to your guests unless your venue holds a premises licence, or you have applied for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN). The latter is obtainable through an online application process and costs £21. You can apply for one here.
Please note: you can secure up to 5 TENs per year (unless you also hold a personal licence when you can secure up to 50).
If you are hosting a free event through WeFiFo then the serving of alcohol is permissible. The requirement for a licence covers only those events where there is a paid for element. It is not permissible to have a paid for event and serve complimentary alcoholic drinks – the price paid for the food (seat price) is deemed to cover any alcohol served.
Should you pop up at a venue that holds a premises licence then, of course, the sale of alcohol is permissible. If you intend to serve alcohol at an event, then please ensure that any venue you choose either has the required licences (premises and personal) or you apply for a Temporary Event Notice.
For the avoidance of doubt, if you serve any alcohol at a private, paid for event in the UK, whether that is a complimentary welcome drink or wine with a meal, and you don’t have a licence, then you are breaking UK licensing laws.
Bring Your Own (BYO):
If you are happy for guests to consume alcohol in your home/venue and the event is offered on a ‘bring your own’ basis, your guests may of course supply their own alcohol.
For those guests who bring their children to your events, children aged 16-17 can drink alcohol for consumption with a meal, as long as they are accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over, but we would encourage you to ask for ID if this is the case.
WeFiFo Drinks Code:
To help guide your alcohol policy, the following options are available in the ‘Further Event Details’ section when posting a WeFiFo event: Alcohol included, Welcome drink served, No alcohol permitted, Bring your own, Alcohol for sale. You can of course add more detail in the event listing. Please make sure you have ticked the correct boxes when uploading your event.
For further information on UK licensing laws, please click here.