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Tog Farm in Rudry fined for supplying alcohol to customers without a license

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A Rudry-based glamping business has been ordered to pay the council more than £1,000 after supplying customers with alcohol without a licence.

Tog Farm, which has been trading since March 2021, offers tourists a “countryside experience” with bell tents, hot tubs and on-site animals.

At Cwmbran Magistrates’ Court on Thursday October 27, Tog Farm and its manager Bridget Lewis were found guilty of breaching the Licensing Act 2003 and the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

In September 2021, the company held a 40th anniversary party where four bottles of prosecco were given away – despite not having a license to sell alcohol.

Lewis, of The Old Granary, Rudry, was personally fined £120 and victim surcharge of £34.

Tog Farm, of which Lewis is the director, was fined £240 and victim surcharge of £34. In addition to £300 compensation for the client and £1,170.78 for Caerphilly County Borough Council for costs.

The court was told that Lewis was receiving benefits and it was agreed that she would pay the fine in monthly installments of £20.

Steve Ritter, representing the defendant, said: “She shouldn’t have done it – it was a stupid decision.” He added that Lewis had no intention of breaking the law.


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The breach was brought to the council’s attention by a client who had booked a 40th birthday party for 26 people, at a cost of £2,000.

The client told council she was promised a glass of prosecco on arrival as part of a parcel – which she did not receive – but prosecco was handed out later that evening.

Also, the client said that no vegetarian or vegan options were provided by the company and there were not enough beds for them to stay. This meant that some guests had to leave the farmhouse.

Lewis was taken to court after failing to respond to a warning. In her defence, Mr Ritter said she was pregnant at the time and was processing a planning application.

In August this year, the company was refused planning permission by the council for the retention of four bell tents and catering modules.

The indicated application form the site was geared towards families and it did not expect to reach its full capacity of 16 people.


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