What time can you buy alcohol in England and Scotland, are Sundays different and what are the hours at Tesco and other stores?


BUYING booze differs in all parts of the UK and it’s handy to know the opening times and licensing laws each shop has.

We’ve got all the information that you may need across your bevvy loving country.

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England and Scotland have different opening times for buying alcohol[/caption]

What time can you buy alcohol in Scotland and England?

In Scotland alcohol can be sold between the hours of 10am and 10pm.

Pubs and clubs are different and can stay open until the wee hours if they are granted a licence.

There are no 24 hour alcohol sellers, unlike England and Wales.

In those two nations the pubs generally open 11am and close at 11pm, with some staying open later.

Scotland's pubs and bars are mostly open later but there are no 24 hour offies
Scotland’s pubs and bars are mostly open later

Are the times you can buy alcohol different on Sunday?

In Scotland you used to have to wait until 12.30pm before buying alcohol, rather than 10am for the rest of the week.

Now it’s in line with England and Wales which is 10am.

What is the law about drinking alcohol in public?

According to drinkaware.co.uk, over 18s are OK to drink in public except in areas where Public Space Protection Orders are in place.

“A Public Space Protection Order, or PSPO, is a special decree that allows police to stop people from drinking in a certain area,” states their website.

“PSPOs give police officers special powers to order a person to stop drinking alcohol in public and confiscate it from them.”

“Even outside of these areas, the police can take away alcohol or move on under 18s if they have been drinking,” they add.

“The police can also fine or arrest under 18s drinking in public places.”


What are the licensing laws at Tesco, Aldi and others?

In England you can usually buy alcohol as long as these supermarkets are open – so if they open 24 hours, then you could buy a bottle.

But in Scotland, there are no round-the-clock licenses.

So even if your supermarket is open all hours, the 10am to 10pm rule applies.  

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Over 18s are OK to drink in public except in areas where Public Space Protection Orders are in place[/caption]

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