Water Charges

Lizzie asks:

Every Friday we go to Zin in Trafalgar Road for great value Chinese/Sushi meals.

Today they told us that they charge 50p for a glass of tap water.
Isn’t this illegal?


How much more than 50p have they lost in a badwill gesture?

The Phantom replies:

The Phantom-Find-Outer has found this out for me – that if they’re licensed to sell alcohol, they cannot refuse to serve you tap water, but they can charge for it, unless there is a special condition in their license.

Interestingly, The Phantom-Find-Outer tells me that under 2005 legislation, under Scottish law they HAVE to provide free tap water.

I agree with you though, Lizzie – this is a short-termist attitude and has not gone unnoticed.


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