Will the budget help the Bar Hire industry ?

How is extra tax on alcohol helping the drinks industry?


I just don’t understand how raising tax by 10% on cider and 2%

On spirits is helpful to the pub/drinks industry. The way I understood it was that the government will try helping the pubs from closer. There are 100’s of pub closing a week and this tax rise is not going to help.The only thing the tax rise is going to do is help the government get more money to get them out of the mess they have made by borrowing.

Alistair Darling leaving for the House of Commons yesterday.

Alistair Darling leaving for the House of Commons yesterday.

 Alistair Darling did not listen to the drinks industry asking for alcohol tax freeze. I don’t think he thought of those people who are already struggling to keep their doors open and not loosing any more jobs. Pub closer will not help the treasury the more pubs that close the more money the treasury loose in tax revenue.I’m in the drinks industry myself and I can tell you that this is going to make a big difference to us. As we pay more to buy drinks we will have to charge more on our drinks. Will the customers still want to book us if our prices are too expensive?

I don’t thinks so. We are in the wedding and party industry and clients have already spent loads of money on everything. We are their last
thought. Customer don’t want to know the reason behind the drinks price being too expensive all they know is that  when they go to their local village hall or club there are always drink offers or the drinks are cheap. I got in touch with another similar company as us Amar Hall who are based in Dartford and hire their hall out for weddings 18th 21st and all sorts of other events. They have told me the same thing one of the directors of Amar Hall said “its hard enough trying to keep our heads above water with all the rents and rates that we pay on top of all this paying more tax on alcohol is not going to help us” he also added “the fuel prices rising is just as bad”.
We thought we may get through the recession without making too many changes to our booking and drinks price. I am sure that there are many more people besides us that are facing the same problems every day.
Does the future look bright? No it doesn’t if the alcohol and fuel price keep rising.

Price Increase on Cider in Budget 2010


Alister Darling has put 10% tax on cider above inflation.

One may wonder why this big increase in tax. Is it just to generate more money for the government or is there another reason.?

Binge Drinking.

Over the weekend up and down the country you will find people drunk and out of their heads. No one seems to have any control on this problem
Pubs bars and clubs are offering deals on drinks (buy one and get one free) and this just makes it cheaper and easier for people to get drunk quickly.

The town centres seem be taken over by drunks at the weekends and the police have an ongoing problem with dealing drunken and abusive behaviour. Is it fair that the police should be handling and getting attacked when they could be dealing with real problems that are not self inflicted.

Cider is becoming a popular drink and not just something to be drunk with other kids in the park after school. It’s very English and one of the oldest English alcoholic drinks and steeped in heritage and rural traditions. Innovative and modern marketing along with advertising and packaging cider matches today’s consumer. It can compete alongside other beers. It tastes great poured over a glass full of ice. Enjoy it in the pub or at home. It is a really versatile drink and can be used in many dishes.
Few helpful tips when tasting cider.
Put it to your nose it should smell fruity and clean. Then to taste suck the cider through your teeth and feel the flavour on your gums and cheeks. Aspect a clean appley  taste nothing unpleasant. It should look light golden and stray colour.


Jello Shots

You maybe wondering what these shots are. Well they are what the title says they are. Shots made with jelly but have alcohol in them. This combination is lot more interesting and tasty then just downing a shot of alcohol.

Jello Shots are fun for indoor and outdoor events

Jello Shots are fun for indoor and outdoor events

Please see below on how to make these shots. Have fun when making them. They go down a treat at parties.

16 ounces (2cups) boiling water

6 oz of packet of jelly

6 oz (180 ml) cold water

10 oz of chilled alcohol of your choice.

You may need to adjust proportions of alcohol to cold water depending on proof of your alcohol.

20% proof of alcohol 13oz to 3 oz of cold water

45% proof of alcohol 10oz to 6 oz of water

Please make sure that you chill your alcohol in the fridge not freezer at least an hour before making your shots.

What to do next.

Bring your water to boil once it starts to boil take it of the heat. Stir the powdered jelly with the boiled water and stir until the jelly crystels are compleately dissolved.

Now mix the above with cold water and alcohol. 

Now we are just hours away from the exciting part of getting them  ready to drink.

Get plastic/paper cups and spray them lightly with cooking oil nothing with strong flavor this just helps jelly shots to slide out easily when using.

Pour mixture into plastic glasses if you don’t have a budget then by the plastic squeezable cups that manufactured just for this purpouse. These cups make it easier for the shots to shoot into our mouth when they are squeezed. Once the jelly mixture is poured into the cups put a lid on them and turn them upside down in the fridge on a tray. Chill until they are ready to consume. Enjoy.

Just so you are aware these shots are often used at outside bar hire events, these events could range from music festivals to large carnivals etc.

Let us know of other ways of enjoying jello shots we welcome all feed back.


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