Ed Sheeran banned from hosting drinking games in his restaurant
Ed Sheeran's drink-downing shenanigans must stop, says Kensington council
Ed Sheeran opened Bertie Blossoms, an intimate two-storey restaurant on Portobello Road last summer. From the outset, licensing has proved difficult; only recently did the singer songwriter gain permission to serve drinks, and only then on the basis that customers were seated.
However, rumours of alcohol-fuelled antics have caused the council to come down on the Lego House man like a ton of bricks. The council have stipulated that the staff at Bertie Blossoms cannot offer any free booze promotions, and they most definitely cannot host drinking games in which alcohol is poured directly into punter’s mouths or in which customers are challenged to ‘down’ drinks within a certain amount of time.
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s rules state that: “A responsible person must ensure that staff on relevant premises do not carry out, arrange or participate in any irresponsible promotions in relation to the premises."
Rumour has it that Bertie Blossoms has seen its fair share of drinking games, which the council classifies as an 'irresponsible promotion':
“An irresponsible promotion means any one or more of the following activities… games or other activities which require or encourage, or are designed to require or encourage, individuals to drink a quantity of alcohol within a time limit… or drink as much alcohol as possible.”
By the sounds of this move from the council, Bertie Blossoms has been a tremendously fun project from the pop star. If only we'd known that this was the place to go for a wild night BEFORE the council put a stop to things, eh?