Unfortunately for British beer drinkers Starbucks will not be selling booze in its UK coffee shops, despite trialing this in some of its US stores.

A spokeswoman for Starbucks UK told International Business Times UK that there are no plans to sell alcohol in the UK, even on a trial basis.

There are over 700 Starbucks stores across the UK and Ireland.

They first appeared in the UK in 1998 when the company acquired 56 Seattle Coffee Company stores across the country in an $83m deal.

Many Americans can now pop into Starbucks for a latte or a lager as the global coffee chain is expanding its US experiment of selling alcohol.

What started as a trial in six of its coffee shops on the west coast will now extend to 25 of its stores by the end of the year.

Wine and beer are available at selected stores for customers looking for a tipple.

Snacks like fruit and cheese plates and focaccia with olive oil will also be on offer, as Starbucks attempts to draw people in during slower periods of the day.

"As our customers transition from work to home, many are looking for a warm and inviting place to unwind and connect with the people they care about," said Clarice Turner, senior vice president of US operations.

"At select stores where it is relevant for the neighbourhood, we are focused on creating an atmosphere where our customers can relax with a friend, a small bite to eat and a cup of coffee or glass of wine."