Fish supper diners will soon be able to pick up a bottle of wine or beer with their takeaway tea at an Anstruther chippy.

Fish supper diners will soon be able to pick up a bottle of wine or beer with their takeaway tea at an Anstruther chippy.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 11:28 am
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 11:31 am

The Wee Chippy, on Shore Street, has secured a licence to sell alcohol despite three objections from members of the public.

Owner Chris Lewis said customers were asking to be able to buy alcoholic drinks with their dinners - and said he would be making clear that beverages were to be consumed at home.

"We didn't think we would need an alcohol licence but times have changed - people are asking for bottles of wine and beer," he told Fife Licensing Board at a Fife House meeting this week.

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Wee Chippy, Anstruther (Pic: Richard Sutcliffe)

"We don't want to be a pub or anything like those lines - we just want a small beer and wine offering to go with our fish and chips."

Objectors claimed that giving the Wee Chippy an alcohol licence would encourage "alcohol-fuelled violence.”

Mr Lewis pointed to his experience of running the Waterfront Hotel elsewhere in Anstruther as a sign he could be trusted.

He added: "I've already got a licensed premises, and people will be told not to drink outside. The bottles won't be opened before they leave - they're for drinking at home.

"People come in at the weekend looking for a fish supper and a bottle of wine as an extra to take home. We understand the need for care and staff will be trained to go along with that."

His application was approved unanimously.

The Wee Chippy was refurbished following a major fire in 2018.

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