Barber shop told to stop giving out free booze as part of haircut experience in Northampton

Last orders has been called at a barbers shop in Northampton after authorities order them to stop handing out free beer because they don't have an alcohol licence.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 5:41 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:23 am
The Gentleman's Quarters barber shop

The Gentleman's Quatres owns a barbers shop in St James but has recently been told by environmental health to stop giving out free pints of beer, which the owner has slammed "unfair."

Owner, Jake Hillery said his shop serves mainly older gentleman and they hand out free beers to customers mostly on Saturday's as a "gimmick."

He said: "I was contacted by the council demanding me to stop handing out free beer in Northampton and Wellingborough."

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Barber told to stop giving out free booze as part of haircut experience in Northampton

The owner is set to open a new men's salon on Park Road in Wellingborough on April 5 but was called by a worker from the Borough Council of Wellingborough after they saw a video on his Facebook page highlighting the free booze giveaway.

Jake got in touch with the Chron after he saw the same thing had happened to a pair of hairdressers in Dorset and claims he has friends in other towns that hand out the odd bottle of beer to paying customers as opposed to a hot drink.

He said: "My barber shop is a similar place to the barber shop in Poole. We mainly deal with the older gentleman and we hand out free beers and shots to customers.

"I have received a call saying I need to buy a licence and that they [environmental health] would check up on me to see if I am still handing out free beers.

A barber working in the shop

"I think it is really unfair as I do not make a penny on beers, I just hand them out so guys can relax have a hair cut and drink a beer.

Northampton Borough Council and the Borough Council of Wellingborough have been approached for further comment.

Barber told to stop giving out free booze as part of haircut experience in Northampton
A barber working in the shop