Late Night Refreshment


Provision of late night refreshment is defined as the supply of hot food or drink to members of the public on or from any premises whether for consumption on or off the premises unless the supply is exempt.

'Hot' is defined as above ambient room temperature.

The provision of late night refreshment is licensable if it is provided between the hours of 2300 and 0500.

Exemptions apply to provision of late night refreshment in clubs, hotels and to employees. Other miscellaneous exemptions include the following (but this is not an exhaustive list):

  • The supply of hot drink which consist of or contains alcohol;
  • The supply of hot drink by means of a vending machine;
  • The supply of hot food or hot drink free of charge;
  • The supply of hot food or hot drink by a registered charity or person authorised by a registered charity; &
  • Supply of hot food or hot drink from a vehicle at a time when the vehicle is not permanently or temporarily parked.

Premises such as bars, restaurants, takeaways and cafes may wish to provide late night refreshment. Unless an exemption applies or the provision of hot food and drink is between 0500 and 2300, you must hold a premises licence, club premises certificate or temporary event notice.

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