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Old 1st Sep 2017, 15:10
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Originally Posted by RedhillPhil View Post
Café owner bans kids from his café?


Tried to enjoy a quiet lunch with son and future daughter in law on Tuesday but the occasion was ruined by a 2-3 year old having hysterics.
Just wait for 3 years and an bbc attitude adjustment

I agree though, avoid at all costs.

Next month going to a 6 year old's birthday supper at RICK STEINS of all places.
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 15:56
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Originally Posted by VP959 View Post
It's just a matter of there being a range of places available, rather than imposing uniformity. Parents with young children need to be assured that they can find places to stay or eat out where children will be welcomed, in the same way as those who have been through the hurly-burly of bringing up a family need to be assured that they can, if they wish, find places that will be peaceful and quiet.

Years ago I liked nothing better than to frequent noisy and bustling venues. Now I find that I'd rather have a bit of peace and quiet. As long as there are good choices available for all, does it really matter if some choose to select the market segment that they would prefer to serve?
With regard to your last sentence, the restaurant in question advertises on it's website (still) that customers can expect 'an intimate meal overlooking the Solent' and a 'cozy evening meal'. That doesn't square at all as to what the restaurant was actually catering for on the evening we arrived for our advance booking. If the restaurant wants to cater for the mass market that's fine of course as they have to stay in business, but then they really should not advertise a different experience on their website. I suspect the large groups of adults plus young children in the restaurant were either local people or holiday makers who stumbled across it - the restaurant interior cannot be seen from the outside as it is at first floor level. But none of this is really worthy of any further discussion.
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 16:16
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One of the two Wetherspoons in Weymouth excludes under 18s, .... was almost completely full of pensioners, oddly enough.
Almost full - looks like a winning formula!
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 16:50
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Were they CRB checked?
Before the days of CRB checking - I hope the additional bureaucracy has not stopped this very helpful custom!
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 16:52
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Good post ATNotts.

RedhillPhil, where were you eating? I'll be dining in PZ on Sunday and Tuesday nights and will avoid said establishment!

Looking online for somewhere for a family Sunday lunch a couple of years ago - and checking the feedback - the only comment for one local pub was a complaint about kids not being allowed: "...it's disgusting!". Nearly swung it for me, but the choice of beers and coders was better at another place nearby...

Duke Street café in Newlyn - not open in the evening. The Polish place - The Singing Cockerel - at the top of Causeway Head is excellent. The Turk's Head and the Admiral Benbow both in Chapel Street serve good grub too.
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 20:16
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
Try a decent Italian restaurant then - our experience wass that if one of our babies started crying a waiter would appear to carry it up and down and entertain it whilst we got on with our meal in peace.
I hope they charged you extra, but I suppose you just expect extra service for nothing and people to freely accomodate your needs, what with having a young kid and all that
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 20:25
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Originally Posted by Old Nic View Post
I hope they charged you extra, but I suppose you just expect extra service for nothing and people to freely accomodate your needs, what with having a young kid and all that
I imagine that they expected me to think that Italian restaurants are wonderful and that I should in consequence continue to patronise them long after the small children had got larger. If that was the theory it worked. (I had been to that particular place more than once before the visit with the baby and I've been back since.) Plus the particular waiter might have thought that cuddling a baby beat actually working for that quarter of an hour.

Other places of course the customers help. Our local pub was a bit of a toddlers' tea party at 6pm or so on a Friday, with families going there because the parents didn't feel like cooking after a week at work. On one occasion after I'd finished eating someone I'd seen once or twice before but couldn't say I knew dumped a baby on my lap and said "could you look after this while I eat my dinner please".

It might be called "community" or something.
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Old 1st Sep 2017, 23:27
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Thanks Phil, I'm aiming for the Benbow one night and the Dolphin another... Newlyn I'd go for the Fishermens. Love the Benbow, when I was born, the then Landlord's wife was in the next bed to me mum. Never mind all that, the staff are fun. Cheese board's good too.
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 02:35
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Actual notices that have been seen out side pubs:

"Children not under control will be given a free puppy" and "Noisy, misbehaved children will be given a large Brandy and a Mogadon"
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 15:52
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I follow the instructions on medicine packets - 'Keep out of the reach and sight of children'. I am told that with female children, the first 27 years are the worst....
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 17:40
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 19:54
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Bob Monkhouse actually.

And as for female children, I'm 32 years and counting. Still not getting easier...
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Old 2nd Sep 2017, 19:56
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I don´t see the problem. Like AT ALL.

So this is ONE place, out of VERY FEW, where you cannot bring kids. ONE place where playing and squeaking is not welcome.

You know what, for people who actually look for exactly such a place, there is almost nothing to be found. Kids are everywhere, people squawking away on their phones are everywhere, hectic 8 year olds running back and forth in train compartments on end and jumping on their seats with boots on - people cranking up spotify or game of thrones without headphones - everywhere. Is is definitely NOT the ahem - "self expressing bunch" that is being discriminated against. Quite the opposite, people who would like a reliably quiet little Oasis every now and then usually have zero to choose from. I admit I am one of them and if any part here is being "discriminated", then it´s me/us! For our perfectly legitimate wish for serenity is being ridiculed.

Last time I went to a spa, a place advertising with relaxing and mindfulness, two elderly ladies brought three grandchildren(?) to the sauna area, kids running about, opening and closing sauna doors by the minute and splash diving in the relax basin. Why? And what is so terrible about teaching children the difference between a spa, a nice dinner out, or a theatre show and their playground?

I applaude the VERY FEW no-kids businesses. The screamin´pant-poopers have all the rest of the world to yell and jump at anyway.
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 04:07
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Having them run around Supermarket aisles playing Hide and Seek is no fun for me, either.

I have been known to cunningly deflect the angle of my trolley, to cause a barrier to such behaviour, often resulting in a collision whereby I came off best, but no apology from any apparent adult "carers". ( or me )

Old Farts Rule, OK ?

Children aspire to enter the Adult World, so they should learn Adult behaviour. ( not always the best tho' I will admit ! )
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 08:58
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" Quite the opposite, people who would like a reliably quiet little Oasis every now and then usually have zero to choose from

May I suggest a shelter on Morecambe promenade, or any UK East coast resort in winter, would more than fulfil your needs.

There are also other advantages to these locations.

You don't have to spend a small fortune to get your face caked in mud with a couple of slices of discarded from the sarnies cucumber covering your eyes and, the real allure.....no inane dress code plus you can eat with your fingers and imbibe as you wish !
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 11:22
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I say ban kids from airliners too or charge extra for them (are you listening Mr O'Leary?)
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 11:40
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I'd vote for that, chevvron.
Last month, Mrs Cartman & I sat in an empty upstairs on a 38 bus parked at Victoria Bus Station. We were promptly subjected to 3 kids, age about 5 or 6 running backwards & forwards, up & down the stairs, shouting & screaming, whilst the mummies sat down stairs seemed happy to let them get on with it. We decided to get the bus parked behind, which obviously puzzled its driver until I explained that we didn't fancy travelling to Euston on a mobile playground ! Where are Social Services when you need them ? ;-)
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 11:46
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Chevron I have asked if we can use the animal transport cages for my brat.

Apparently not allowed even when I am the Captain of the aircraft they are being transported on.
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 11:49
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Restaurants in China are a cacophony of noise. Everybody is taking to each other at strength ten. The kids? They sit there as quiet at mice without shifting in their seats.
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Old 3rd Sep 2017, 14:22
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