One for the road: Pub chain opens in service station

PUB CHAIN JD Wetherspoon has announced that it will be having one for the road, having acquired a licence to open its first roadside bar at the highly glamorous junction two of the M40 in Buckinghamshire.

The firm plans to invest £2m on the “attractive new facility”, which it predicts will create 50 jobs.

The proposed service station boozer has been granted permission to operate 24 hours a day, and to serve alcohol from 8am until 1am every day, but the company hasn’t yet finalised the opening hours. Luckily for designated drivers unable to indulge in a pint, the pub will also be serving food and hot drinks.

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin says he hopes the new pub will become the “first of many Wetherspoons on the motorway.”

Let’s raise a (non-alcoholic) glass to that.

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