BBPA publishes new guidance on accessibility in pubs

Posted in Licensing | February 01, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has published updated guidance for pubs to help licensees make their venue as welcoming as possible to those with access needs.

'Pubs are for everyone – why being accessible is important' is a follow-up to 2012’s 'An open welcome – why being accessible is good for your pub', and highlights various steps venues can take to ensure they are as accessible as possible, from access ramps at the door, to hearing loops on the bar and large print menus.

The guide also underlines the importance of staff training, so that pubs can meet the needs of disabled customers, and staff can safely operate any access-related equipment.

The guide features a foreword from British Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE, who commented:

“Having just witnessed yet another successful Paralympics, there is no better time to champion accessibility, and no better place to do so then in the home of hospitality – the Great British pub. Accessibility is not simply about physical access to the pub, but rather it is about creating the best experience for all who visit and encouraging visitors to return."

See a PDF of the new guide here.

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