Cattle Steakhouse in Southampton loses its licence after breaking Covid rules

A restaurant has been stripped of its licence following a breach of Covid-19 regulations.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 11:50 am
Updated Friday, 2nd April 2021, 11:52 am

Cattle Steakhouse at Hanover Buildings in Southampton has had its licence revoked after people were found drinking at the site on January 24, while the country was in lockdown.

Police bosses asked for the licence to be suspended for three months.

But licensing bosses in Southampton said revoking the licence was the ‘only proportionate response’.

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Cattle Steakhouse at Hanover Buildings, Southampton, which has lost its licence after breaching Covid regulations Picture: Google

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It comes as it was revealed that those at the venue were not socially distanced and none of them was wearing face masks.

It was also revealed that some of those at the site left through the back door as soon as police arrived.

Supervisor Nazim Ahmed apologised for the incident and said he ‘got carried away’.

He said that managers had always worked with the police and licensing bosses.

The committee was told that on January 24 staff were at the site as they were working on a new menu.

Mr Ahmed previously said that those at the site were regular customers who had walked in to order food to take away.

Speaking at the meeting of the licensing sub-committee at the city council, PC Mark Hawley from Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Customers were not allowed to consume food or any drink within a premise. This has clearly gone on, this has clearly happened with full knowledge of the owner and DPS. All that Cattle Steakhouse has succeeded in is undoubtedly spread this terrible disease everywhere through the lack of control or respect for law. I only hope that no-one has become seriously ill.’

Mr Ahmed said: ‘That was my fault and I admit that. I got carried away with everything I was doing with the food tasting and I really wanted people’s opinion. These guys are customers that come in and buy food from us all the time.’

He said there was no alcohol being sold.

Cllr Catherine McEwing, chair of the sub-committee, said: ‘Mr Ahmed failed in his duty and responsibilities. The sub-committee came to the conclusion that revoking a licence is the only proportionate response to promote the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder and public safety.’