UK: Greggs Abandons Goujons Appeal!

Last week we had a McDonalds chicken nuggets case in the US this week it’s Greggs accepting they can’t sell late night Goujons in central London!


The UK Law Soc Gazette reports

akery chain Greggs has accepted a deal from a London council which means it can sell hot drinks into the early hours – but not chicken goujons and other hot food.

Greggs opened its flagship Leicester Square store on 18 July. It operates 24 hours a day selling pastries and sausage rolls, which are not considered ‘hot food’.

The Newcastle-based company cannot sell ‘hot food’ between the hours of 11pm and 5am without a licence, which they applied for under the Licensing Act 2003 in May last year. This would allow the sale of products such as┬ábacon sandwiches, chicken goujons and potato wedges which are partially cooked in shops.

A Westminster City Council licensing sub-committee heard from Police Constable Thomas Stewart, appearing on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service, who said the force opposed the application on the grounds of preventing crime and disorder. PC Stewart said Leicester Square ‘had several late-night eateries in the locality and was a focal point for late night revellers’.

The sub-committee rejected the application, concluding Greggs had not provided sufficient reasons as to why the granting of the application would promote the licensing objectives, in a published decision in December last year.

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