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First 'Motorway Pub' opens on M40

In our view this is a risky and, frankly, unnecessary move says RAC

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Submitted by Ben Cope on Tue, 21/01/2014 - 11:27

First 'Motorway Pub' opens on M40

YOU can now buy a pint of beer at Britain's first 'Motorway Pub' in Beaconsfield.

JD Wetherspoon have opened 'The Hope & Champion' pub at the Beaconsfield Xtra Services, off J2 of the M40. The pub will be open from 04:00 to 01:00 seven days a week, serving alcohol from 09:00.

The pub's manager Steve Baldwin said: "The Hope and Champion primarily serves the motorway users, but its facilities are also available to the surrounding community." However, anyone who knows the area will know that the pub's location is across the M40 from Beaconsfield town centre, a two-mile drive or 20-minute walk away from the majority of the 'local community'.

The RAC claimed a survey of 2,000 people suggested only 12% supported putting pubs into motorway service stations.

About two-thirds said they did not agree with the move, with older drivers more likely to oppose the sale of alcohol at motorway service areas.

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