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Age Restricted Products

A selection of products on Farrar & Tanner are age restricted and require a light credit check to verify you are over the age of 18. Simply enter your date of birth at check out and this will be cross referenced against your home address. By placing an order for an age restricted product with Farrar & Tanner you agree to undertake our age verification or other checks and you agree to our providing details to United Kingdom law enforcement agencies. We reserve the right to refuse the completion of any order at our own discretion. 

Age Checks

If you fail our age verification check you will be contacted and asked to provide proof of identification. If you cannot provide this we will have to cancel your order and refund you the full amount. 

If you would like more information regarding our Age Restriction Policy please contact us on 0344 5678 365 or

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Laws on Alcohol

UK Alcohol Laws prohibit the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 18.

All orders for gift boxed wines and spirits will be subjected to an age verification check. We reserve the right not to deliver if we are unsure you are over the age of 18. Placing an order on our website does not constitute a contract, which is made only when we accept your order and process payment. We reserve the right not to accept any order.

Basic laws on knives

It is illegal to:

§   sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old (16 to 18 year olds in Scotland can buy cutlery and kitchen knives)
§   carry a knife in public without good reason - unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62 cm) or less, eg a Swiss Army knife
§   carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife.

§   use any knife in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife).

Lock knives (knives with blades that can be locked when unfolded) are not folding knives, and are illegal to carry in public without good reason.

Children are permitted to use knives appropriately (such as a safety knife when sailing) under adult supervision.

Good reasons for carrying a knife

Examples of good reasons to carry a knife in public can include:

§   taking knives you use at work to and from work for example as a farmer or estate manager.
§   carrying knives you use for recreational purposes, such as angler, sailor or any other reasonable grounds for expecting to need a knife whilst pursuing a lawful activity.
§   taking knives to a gallery or museum to be exhibited.

§   the knife is going to be used for theatre, film, television, historical reenactment or religious purposes, eg the kirpan some Sikhs carry.

A court will decide if you’ve got a good reason to carry a knife if you’re charged with carrying it illegally.

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife without good reason is 4 years in prison and a fine of £5,000.