Problem pub in Hillingdon has licence revoked

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The landlords of a nuisance pub in Hillingdon known for under-age drinking and violence have lost their appeal against the suspension of its licence.

The police had become so concerned about ongoing issues of violence at the Prince of Wales in Harlington Road, they asked Hillingdon Council to undertake a licence review last December.

The pub’s licence first came under scrutiny in 2019 following a fight. Since then, reports of a string of worrying incidents, including under-age drinking, fighting and persistent noise nuisance led the council to take the decision to revoke the licence.

As an interim safety measure, the council took the step of suspending the licence until the licence hearing could take place. The licence was then revoked by the council’s Licensing Sub-Committee in December.

The Committee further agreed to retain the suspension during the timeframe allowed for an appeal from the landlords, A M Property and Development Ltd (trading as ‘The Prince of Wales’).

A M Property and Development Ltd subsequently appealed against both the temporary suspension and revocation of the licence.

The appeal against the interim suspension went to Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court for review in January, where the District Judge upheld the council’s decision. The landlords subsequently withdrew their further appeal, and the licence is now considered fully revoked.

The pub, on the corner of Harlington Road and Uxbridge Road, is used as a restaurant and bar, with a shisha lounge at the rear of the premises. The licence has now been revoked and so the pub cannot sell alcohol, have music, or serve food after 11pm. If in the future the pub is put up for sale, any new owners would have to apply for a new licence.