Most people will have come across the tantalizing words ‘Bottomless Boozy Brunch’ at some point in their dining out lives. But in Scotland these words amount to nothing more than a catchy marketing ploy as no ‘bottomless’ brunch can be truly unlimited.
This is due to legislation from 2010 which amended the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, the main piece of legislation which governs the sale of alcohol in Scotland. These changes prohibited “irresponsible drinks promotions”.
As a result, a new mandatory condition, which can be accessed here, was applied to all Scottish licences. A drinks promotion can be considered ‘irresponsible’ for many reasons. Examples include:
‘Bottomless’ brunches clearly fall into the category of providing unlimited amounts of alcohol for a set price so, whilst premises may try to tempt people in with an egg-cellent sounding bottomless offering, in fact, all that will be bottomless is the food - the alcohol can never be endless. So, as long as premises don’t offer unlimited alcohol they can continue their brunch offerings, but would be best placed to steer clear of the word ‘bottomless’.