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Should children be banned from pubs?

After a pub in Suffolk faced criticism for not wanting 'children running about annoying other diners,' 'getting into mischief,' or 'using the table as a drum,' - should we keep them adult only?

Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cx02d14l59lo#:~:text='We%20don't%20want%20children%20annoying%20our%20pub%20diners'&text=The%20Chequers%20has%20now%20reaffirmed,%22one%20too%20many%20incidents%22.&text=The%20post%20proved%20controversial%20among,some%20to%20consider%20cancelling%20reservations.

SamGoodship
a week ago
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sallylester1

I know this will spark debate but I do believe a Pub is not the place for children especially in the evenings. When I was a kid we didn't go to the pub so not sure why it's such a big thing now. Children in the restaurant isn't so bad but parents need to tech them respect and to control their behaviour , but some use pubs as day care !!

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bertieboots1234

sallylester1 totally agree

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martinlufc5637

The only time our children go to a pub is if there a Christmas or Halloween party that they have on for children or if it's a warm day in the beer garden

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Leannexxx

Most pubs down here serve food so I don't think their is anything wrong with it but should only be to a certain time

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SueWard

When our children were small the local pubs had a children's room where the children could play and have crisps and pop. They were not allowed in the main pub area and it was our responsibilty to check that they were OK.This worked out well for us.I don't mind children dining with their parents as long as they stay at the table and don't run round.

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EmmaWright762

Children should only be in a public house if there is a restaurant or childs play area. Other than that I do not consider it to be a healthy environment. I spent a lot of my infant years in an Army Club/Drinking Venue and I would have most likely have been better off elsewhere.

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LL81

I don’t think children should be banned from pubs. Need to keep pubs going so many having to close for good. If you banned children preventing a family go for a pub grub and socialise with family and friends many more would close.

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bertieboots1234

LL81 As long as they don't run around the tables like a playground and the parents keep an eye on them so they behave and not annoy other people eating etc.

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JLouM

I don’t think they should be banned but I think they should keep to restaurant, child play areas and parents should watch them and keep control especially from other patrons.

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Jerseydrew

I hate seeing kids in my nearest pub. It's a proper working man's pub and really not suitable for kids. Nothing wrong with the pub just not suitable for children and nor should everywhere be suitable if kids. Some pubs should be OK for kids and others not ok

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possy

We are currently away for a night with my 7 year old son. It’s a pub we are staying in and we went for a meal, he hasn’t put a foot wrong, we had our meal, sat on a sofa for half an hour before coming back to the room (7.45pm) so I do not see the problem. A lot of people like to dine with their children, I personally would not go somewhere that would not accept children.

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jms19

The landlord can make whatever choice he likes with his business and if he knows his customers and thinks this would make it better for him then it’s fair enough.

I think there are two types of pubs nowadays really, you have the food pubs which are fine for kids, then the drinking pubs which perhaps aren’t as much

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RegularComper91

Yes

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bertieboots1234

RegularComper91 ? Not att all

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didbygraham

Should be up to the pub - if they want to be kid free then that's fine. As long as there is choice then I can decide what sort of pub I want to go to. Just as long as they make it clear to everyone what their policy is no problem

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tumblespots

We don't tend to go to pubs that allow children, or, if we do we go at lunch time so that the children are in school and we don't ever go in school holidays!

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eyeballkerry

This is a difficult one. My daughter owns a pub and allows children in. Some behave while others don’t. She hasn’t got an entertainment/ play area for children so once they have eaten they get bored. My personal view is pubs should be somewhere adults can get away from children, especially if they are not geared up for children.

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tonygch96

No problems with kids eating but there should be a cut off, say 7pm when most kids should be in or ready for bed?

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AllenM

The parents need to be warned about the kids behaviour before been asked to leave. Also the parents can't really complain if their kids hear swearing or adult behaviour. It would be like letting your child see an 18 movie and then complaining about it upsetting the child. Most children in pubs know how to behave and add to the friendly atmosphere. Some adults should take note.

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manmountain4

Agree , I never went in a pub as a child

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dwtmf9hn78

It depends on the time and the pub,,,

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vickybj6848

Yes

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mbgmark

Why not. There are plenty of pub friendly, dog friendly pubs. If you’re paying for a quiet romantic meal and this pub can offer it, they have a selling point.

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philsx

Agree fully, kids run around in local pubs as though they are playgrounds.

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Teresa72

Definitely a pub should be just for adults only.

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wonderingsoul

I think a pub should have the right to be child free but there shouldn't be a rule imposed on them. As it stands now there's a time limit children can be in pubs and I think that's reasonable and responsible, especially if it's a pub that does meals.

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Glitterandgold

Depends on the pub. Many pubs nowadays are run as restaurants that provide child play areas. So I wouldn't go to one of those & complain about children (iv witnessed it happen recently). But, I also appreciate child free pubs.

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Mango4

If it's a traditional style drinking pub or club , I don't see the need for children and to be fair it's probably not suitable to take children into them really , however as other have already said there are many family pubs with beer gardens and play areas etc and also many pub come restaurant type pubs that welcome children that provide a suitable environments for children .

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