Punch to open pilot site for licensed cafe concept

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Punch to open pilot site for licensed cafe concept

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Punch Taverns has chosen a site in East Lothian to pilot its licensed café/bistro concept Brewed & Baked.

M&C reported in January that Punch was testing out the model alongside a number of other formats. Now it has secured licensing consent to transform the The Burgh, in Musselburgh, into the first Brewed & Baked.

The East Lothian Courier​ has reported a meeting of the local council’s licensing board in which Steve McGowan, representing Punch, said this would be a franchised offer but would be “closely monitored not just by the area manager but directors of the company”.

Punch agreed to a number of requests from police and licensing officers, including reducing the closing time from 1am to midnight, dropping a request for off-sales from the premises, and an 8pm cut-off time for using the outside area at night.

However, it objected to a call for alcohol sales to solely be restricted to patrons who ordered food, with McGowan saying: “While the emphasis here is on good food and coffee before alcohol, we still want people to be able to come in, order a glass of wine and read a newspaper.”

He added that only one draught beer or lager would be onsale in the new bistro and wine and spirits would be kept under the counter.

He said Punch would invest £125,000 in the refurbishment, adding: “This is not just a lick of paint, it is a complete transformation aiming for a new clientele."

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