County council agrees measures to tackle concerns at Ferryhill pub

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A PUB landlord accused of serving alcohol after hours and to underage drinkers has agreed to employ door staff and to close earlier.

Alison Lamb, who runs Llewellyn’s Cafe Bar in Ferryhill faced complaints from Durham Police over her running of the pub.

She appeared before Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee meeting to answer the accusations today. (Tuesday, January 21)

Sergeant Tim Robson, of the alcohol harm reduction unit, said: “Between May 2012 and June 2013 there were 17 reports of anti-social behavior in the pub’s vicinity.

“We recorded 21 incidents of alcohol being sold after hours between December 2012 and May 2013.

“On December 23 2012 there were 15 people fighting there including a male who had a pool cue taken off him by staff.”

The Main Street pub's opening hours are from 9am to 2am Monday to Saturday and from 10am until midnight on a Sunday.

Sgt Robson took the committee through some of the fights which had broken out at the pub.

He also listed several occasions when staff, including the landlord’s husband John Lamb, served customers alcohol after hours - including one occasion at 3.20am.

He said staff served a 15-year-old girl alcohol during a police test purchase operation last July although they did refuse to serve her on two other occasions.

Mr Lamb said his wife was unaware he had served after hours while some customers described the pub as a friendly family orientated place.

Mrs Lamb said: “I’ve being involved in the pub trade for about 12-years and Llewellyn’s is a meeting place for families, old people and local businessmen.

“I was mad with my husband for serving after hours as I think that I do a good job and I would never do that.”

The licensing sub-committee decided that last orders Sunday to Thursday should be 11.30pm with closing at midnight.

Last orders on Friday and Saturday will be at 12.30am with closing at 1am.

Door staff will be employed between 10am and closing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of bank holiday weekends and a Challenge 25 scheme will operate.

Children under-18 must be accompanied by an adult and they must leave the pub by 9pm.

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6:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

mauriceranting says...

absolute **** this is just another way of heaping more expense on local buisnesses and who makes up these stupid jobs and even more ridiculous job titles this bar is probably the most well run and safest place to socialise in the whole of the town more problems caused by so called door staff than by any customers plenty people around the town with injurys recieved by door staff but that does not get reported to the jumped up little jobs worths will they be paying for door staff or will it be the bar having this forced on them not good for customers because this expense will have to be found from somewhere dont let them grind you down john and allison
absolute **** this is just another way of heaping more expense on local buisnesses and who makes up these stupid jobs and even more ridiculous job titles this bar is probably the most well run and safest place to socialise in the whole of the town more problems caused by so called door staff than by any customers plenty people around the town with injurys recieved by door staff but that does not get reported to the jumped up little jobs worths will they be paying for door staff or will it be the bar having this forced on them not good for customers because this expense will have to be found from somewhere dont let them grind you down john and allison mauriceranting
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10:04am Wed 22 Jan 14

Butafly says...

its concequinces of being caught serving under age and also after hours, but for gawd sake how many have had a drink in a pub at 15, i know many moons ago i had.
Look what other pubs in that village have died because of clamp downs,bouncers etc.
Back in early 2000s it was the postboy the place to be,then it got done out,included bouncers then history, same with the house of sound,was once over steamed up windows due to a full house,now its closed.
I dont live there but i remem Llewellans as a nice pub to go to,soon as somewhere gets sn improvement it changes the place completely.
I hope the Lambs all the best keeping it the place it is,and that bouncers dont ruin its atmosphere
its concequinces of being caught serving under age and also after hours, but for gawd sake how many have had a drink in a pub at 15, i know many moons ago i had. Look what other pubs in that village have died because of clamp downs,bouncers etc. Back in early 2000s it was the postboy the place to be,then it got done out,included bouncers then history, same with the house of sound,was once over steamed up windows due to a full house,now its closed. I dont live there but i remem Llewellans as a nice pub to go to,soon as somewhere gets sn improvement it changes the place completely. I hope the Lambs all the best keeping it the place it is,and that bouncers dont ruin its atmosphere Butafly
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1:09pm Wed 22 Jan 14

darloboss says...

what does a landlord have to do to lose a drinks licence in ferryhill ????
must be like a cowboy town
what does a landlord have to do to lose a drinks licence in ferryhill ???? must be like a cowboy town darloboss
  • Score: 0

1:10pm Wed 22 Jan 14

cholmes005 says...

used to go in blackbull in market place about 9-10 year ago. Never any bother there and it was open until 2 in morning
used to go in blackbull in market place about 9-10 year ago. Never any bother there and it was open until 2 in morning cholmes005
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5:09am Thu 23 Jan 14

mauriceranting says...

darloboss wrote:
what does a landlord have to do to lose a drinks licence in ferryhill ????
must be like a cowboy town
it must because the number 7 stage coach run through it direct from darlo
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: what does a landlord have to do to lose a drinks licence in ferryhill ???? must be like a cowboy town[/p][/quote]it must because the number 7 stage coach run through it direct from darlo mauriceranting
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