Watford based JD Wetherspoon's new motorway pub set to open doors at Beaconsfield services on M40

Wetherspoon motorway pub set to open doors

Wetherspoon motorway pub set to open doors

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Watford based pub operator JD Wetherspoon will officially open the country's first motorway bar and restaurant at Beaconsfield services on the M40 on Tuesday.

The controversial plans for the first motorway pub in England received mixed reactions from residents but the ‘The Hope and Champion’ management team are excited to start serving customers.

Manager Steve Baldwin said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into The Hope and Champion.”

The new establishment will be open from 4am until 1am seven days a week and the pub, which is split over two floors, is licensed to serve alcohol from 9am.

Mr Baldwin said: “The Extra Motorway Service Area, now including The Hope and Champion, primarily serves the Motorway users, but its facilities are also available to the surrounding community from the local road network.”

Despite the new establishment having a 24-hours license approved in June 2013 by the South Bucks District Council, concerns are being raised about drink driving.

Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for Brake, a national road safety charity, said: “The opening of a pub on a motorway is a serious concern, presenting a potentially deadly temptation to drivers.

“Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our road, causing devastation to families and communities every day.”

Despite concerns, JD Wetherspoon’s are keen to prove they are doing all they can to prevent drink driving.

They will include the national Drink Drive Awareness logos on its menus and remove all alcoholic promotional deals.

Brake campaigner, Mr Morrow added: “It is vitally important that messages about the dangers of drink driving are as strong and obvious as possible, so drivers know it’s not okay to stop off for a quick drink on their way home. Our advice is not to have a drop if you are driving.”

120 jobs have been created by the development of the £1.8million, outlet which is located adjacent to Junction 2 on the M40 motorway.

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8:41am Fri 17 Jan 14

CaptainPC says...

This was my mate's idea from when we had to stay in a Travelodge at Chieveley. We discussed it in the Moon under Water and I think they must of overheard us. I think it is a good idea, after all, if you are going to drink and drive wide straight roads are probably the best track to take.

THe most interesting aspect of this is how they are going to manage the "Drive home straight" powder operation. I'd suggest sealed bids.
This was my mate's idea from when we had to stay in a Travelodge at Chieveley. We discussed it in the Moon under Water and I think they must of overheard us. I think it is a good idea, after all, if you are going to drink and drive wide straight roads are probably the best track to take. THe most interesting aspect of this is how they are going to manage the "Drive home straight" powder operation. I'd suggest sealed bids. CaptainPC
  • Score: -2

10:04am Fri 17 Jan 14

TRT says...

Your vote:

Option A or Option B. Yes or No?

Honestly. Does no-one read these things before they go online?
Your vote: Option A or Option B. Yes or No? Honestly. Does no-one read these things before they go online? TRT
  • Score: 9

10:35am Fri 17 Jan 14

LSC says...

When you think about it, every pub I know is on a road, and many even have car parks. So what's the difference?
When you think about it, every pub I know is on a road, and many even have car parks. So what's the difference? LSC
  • Score: 10

11:10am Fri 17 Jan 14

The Rover says...

Do you think a motorway pub is a good idea, or a cocktail for disaster? How can I answer that with a yes or no!
Do you think a motorway pub is a good idea, or a cocktail for disaster? How can I answer that with a yes or no! The Rover
  • Score: 9

12:11pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Dr Martin says...

LSC wrote:
When you think about it, every pub I know is on a road, and many even have car parks. So what's the difference?
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  • Score: 0

12:12pm Fri 17 Jan 14

WatfordBandB says...

If someone wishes to drink and drive, they will. I personally take cans along with me, especially if my journey is going to be more than 10 mins.

The convenience factor here is superb, no more mundane journeys on the motorway, stopping off at every junction to seek out an off licence, it’s now here en route and ready.

I just hope no idiots out there end up getting totally wasted and drive, just take a leaf out of my book and get slightly sloshed, drink responsibly on the motorway people and stay safe(ish)
If someone wishes to drink and drive, they will. I personally take cans along with me, especially if my journey is going to be more than 10 mins. The convenience factor here is superb, no more mundane journeys on the motorway, stopping off at every junction to seek out an off licence, it’s now here en route and ready. I just hope no idiots out there end up getting totally wasted and drive, just take a leaf out of my book and get slightly sloshed, drink responsibly on the motorway people and stay safe(ish) WatfordBandB
  • Score: 1

2:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

SuperHorns says...

haha that question is terrible, the poll is worthless as yes or no will answer both of the suggestions.
haha that question is terrible, the poll is worthless as yes or no will answer both of the suggestions. SuperHorns
  • Score: 2

8:35am Sat 18 Jan 14

Annoyed again says...

This could be a valid contribution to road safety with drivers now having the opportunity to drink off the DT's which are never pleasant or safe to drive with.
This could be a valid contribution to road safety with drivers now having the opportunity to drink off the DT's which are never pleasant or safe to drive with. Annoyed again
  • Score: 1

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