"The most modern pub in Britain" has been opened in King's Road, Chelsea, by the Bass-Charrington group. This is the Chelsea Drugstore, the result of two years' research to find an environment to combine shopping, drinking and eating facilities under a single roof. It has cost £180,000.
The drugstore, on three levels, is a complex of two pubs, an off-licence, a restaurant, a snack bar, a soda fountain, and complementary trading activities that form the drugstore area: chemist, tobacconist, newspaper and bookstand, record shop, stationers, gift shop and fashion boutiques.
Caterer, 11 July 1968
Local authorities at Yarmouth are planning to launch a campaign to unearth the resort's "pirate" hoteliers. A new scheme is to be set up by the local council and has been tagged the "Estates Terrier".
Its purpose is to crack down on people who have turned their premises into guesthouses without first getting planning consent.
In the past, the council has been accused of "snooping" when it tried to catch the pirates out. Often the only evidence council officials had to go on was if they saw tables set in dining rooms in a manner which indicated the premises were being used as a guesthouse.
Caterer, 13 July 1978
Hospitals could begin charging patients for upmarket meals if changes to health legislation become law this autumn.
The Health & Medicines Bill, now at the committee stage in Parliament, includes powers for health authorities to introduce cash-making schemes.
Ron Kerr, head of the National Health Service Income Generation Unit, said that under the new law, hospitals could provide a two-tier meals service, with patients being charged for the "premium" menu.
Caterer, 21 July 1988