It has been confirmed that The Spirit Group have dropped their appeal against the Richmond Council’s recent licensing decision regarding trading hours at the St Margarets Tavern.

From the General Manager of the St Margarets Tavern:

“The appeal in respect of The St Margarets Tavern permitted opening times has been withdrawn by The Spirit Group on the basis that they say ‘they want to work with the residents rather than against them.’ The local authority are claiming costs of £400 which Spirit Group have agreed to pay.

My position is that I am delighted that the appeal has not gone ahead. I believe that the current permissions are reasonable and in the best interests of the community, the residents, the local traders, our staff, our customers and our business. I am glad to have helped to persuade The Spirit Group to finally withdraw from the appeal."

— Oisin Rogers, General Manager, St Margarets Tavern

From the Richmond Council legal team:

“The St Margaret’s Tavern officially withdrew their appeal today!

This means that the decision of the Licensing Sub-Committee will stand. The Sub-Committee granted the following hours for the sale of alcohol, anything of a similar description and facilities for dancing: Sunday to Thursday — 10:00 to 23:00; Friday and Saturday — 10:00 to 00:00. Live music was authorised between the hours of 10:00 and 23:00. Recorded music is an automatic right upon conversion to the new licensing regime for existing justices licence holders."

— Louisa Jeschke, Licensing and Litigation Lawyer, Richmond Council