Price display for certain businesses

Certain businesses are required by law to display their prices so you can see them from outside or directly inside the entrance to the business. This is so you can decide if you are happy with the prices before you enter the premises.

Pricing rules for pubs

Pubs, bars and other licensed premises (other than off-licences, where the normal rules for other types of shops apply) must display their prices. By law these premises must display two price lists:

  1. A complete list of all drink prices – this should be on display within each drinking area on the premises.
  2. A list of specified drink prices – this should be on display at each public entrance to the premises where alcohol is sold.

If a premises has more than one bar, with each charging different prices, there must be a corresponding price list for each part of the premises. If the bar has a policy of increasing prices after a certain time, the prices on display should be those being charged at that time.

Pricing rules for restaurants

Under consumer law, restaurants including cafés and fast food outlets or any other businesses that sell food for eating on their premises, must display prices outside or directly inside each entrance. There are no laws that apply to restaurant menus as it is up to the restaurant whether to provide menus, but most restaurants do. If a restaurant provides menus, then the prices should be the same as prices displayed outside or at the entrance.

The price display must show if there is:

  • a minimum charge
  • a service charge
  • a cover charge
  • a charge for entertainment or any similar charge

If a pub or hotel has an eating area, the food price display must be at each entrance to the premises or at each entrance to the eating area. If different prices are charged at different times or days, these different prices must be shown.

For takeaways, if items are not displayed on a price list, the price must be displayed either on the goods themselves or near them, as with other types of shops.

For all types of restaurants, the prices displayed on the lists must be the same as the prices charged to the consumer at the till.

Pricing rules for service stations

 Service stations must have a roadside sign displaying the price per litre of petrol and diesel. Under consumer law, the sign should be clearly visible from the side of the road and the price displayed on the sign must match the price charged at the pump.

Pricing rules for hairdressers

Hairdressers and barber shops must have a list of current prices for their services and under consumer law, these prices must be visible from the street outside their premises or directly inside their premises.

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