Landlord forced to pour £1500 worth of booze down drain after takeaway ban

A landlord has had to pour £1,500 worth of booze down the drain after the government banned takeaway drinks as part of the Covid-19 lockdown. Patrick Mahony, 62, stocked up in the belief his pub would be able to sell takeaway alcohol during lockdown. But when off sales were banned Patrick had to tip gallons worth of pints and says his business is losing money every month. Patrick, who runs The Winchester Arms in Taunton, Somerset, said: "Because we can't do takeaway alcohol this time, which we were able to in the previous lockdown, I've got more stock in the cellar than I would have had if I'd known we weren't going to be able to sell.