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Weights & Measures

Written by The Restaurant Doctor UK Team
Last Updated: 29th October 2023

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Weights and Measures regulations are important to understand as they dictate the measures you serve to your customers, ensuring fairness and accuracy in the serving of drinks. The Weights and Measures Act of 1988 sets out the following requirements:

  1. Draught beers, lagers, and ciders must be sold in 1/3 pint, 1/2 pint, and multiples of 1/2 pint measures. Although 1/3 pint measures are not commonly used.
  2. Glasses must have a government stamp to indicate that they meet the required standards.
  3. The head on a draught beer, lager, or cider served in a 'brim measure' glass should not be more than 5%.
  4. Whisky, gin, rum, and vodka must be served in measures of 25ml or 35ml and multiples of, and the quantity in which you serve these drinks must be displayed in a notice on the premises.
  5. It is not permitted to mix the sizes of the above measures.
  6. Wine must be served in measures of 125ml or 175ml and multiples of these sizes, and the quantity in which you serve these drinks must be displayed in a notice on the premises.

It is important to comply with these regulations to avoid penalties and to ensure that your customers are being served accurately and fairly. By adhering to the rules set out in the Weights and Measures Act, you can provide a high level of service while also maintaining a responsible and trustworthy business.

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