YHA offers a half after your hike

The Youth Hostel Association has applied for 24-hour alcohol licences for just over half its 210 hostels to increase revenue and save on legal costs.

The association said that it is applying for the same 24 hour licence for each hostel because it would led to big savings in solicitors' fees. It is confident that the move would not encourage binge drinking in some of Britain’s more picturesque locations.

“We have absolutely no intention of serving drinks beyond midnight in most of our hostels,” said Paul Fearn, communications manager at the YHA. “But if people are drinking, they might as well as buy it from us.

“A lot of hostels are run by live-in managers who have to get up the next day and make breakfast, so they’re not going to become rave bars.”

Fearn said that drinks would be served beyond midnight only where there were private parties, arranged in advance.

“Licence documents are very lengthy and it would have cost us a fortune to make individual applications,” he said.

Funding problems have forced the YHA to close 29 hostels in the past two years. The last on the list, in Chester, will shut in October.

So far, 93 of the YHA’s 118 licence applications have been granted, some with conditions.

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