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Burger King gets permission to sell beer in UK

Burger King has been granted permission to sell beer at its branch at its Waterloo Station branch in London, making it the first fast food chain in the UK to offer alcohol.

Burger King at Waterloo will only be able to sell beer between the hours of 11am and 8pm

Lambeth Council has given the fast food chain permission to serve beer at the outlet, with specific conditions, after Westminster and Paddington Borough council’s rejected similar applications at its Victoria and Paddington station branches.

It wanted to serve alcohol seven days a week at both branches, but the application was rejected following strong opposition from police.

Lambeth Council however approved an application this week, permitting Burger King’s Waterloo branch to sell beer between the hours of 11am to 8pm.

Under the licence, beer must be served in plastic containers with food and consumed on the premises. The beer itself is not allowed to be any stronger than 5% abv.

The council also imposed additional rules upon Burger King, which included better staff training, increased record keeping, better CCTV, and increased management supervision.

“It’s very successful everywhere else so we’re just catching up with the rest of the world really,” said a spokeswoman for Burger King. “It’ll probably be an American beer to fall in line with the brand.”

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