To take baby (4 months) to a wetherspoons pub for lunch with friends?

(38 Posts)
Chocoholism Wed 26-Mar-14 12:13:34

I'm a new mum and I planned to meet friends for lunch, one suggested a local wetherspoons at around midday. Then I mentioned it to DP and he questioned if this venue was appropriate or not.

fuzzpig Wed 26-Mar-14 15:58:50

Wetherspoons is really child friendly IME, especially since the no smoking law came about. We don't go to pubs generally as we don't drink, but for a cheap predictable meal it's a good choice for us.

I BFed my youngest in our local one a few times during meals, nobody batted an eye

silverten Wed 26-Mar-14 15:51:45

Some Wetherspoons are quite family friendly- plenty of space, plenty of niches to tuck yourself into, nice and quiet, clean loos. A good place to teach children how to behave in pubs. Some are total drinking dens full of pissheads shouting at the sport.

Go to the former and avoid the latter and it's fine.

Curlyweasel Wed 26-Mar-14 15:45:09

Haha. I can see his point tho... smile

ProlificPenguin Wed 26-Mar-14 15:39:32

Ours has a family area with cbeebies on and it is fab. One in nearby town is dreadful with drunks, I heard a bloke shouting "this isn't a fcuking creche, fcuk offff"! To a group of new mum's. (Surprised it didn't make it to MN).

Do you know what your local one is like?

mymatemax Wed 26-Mar-14 14:10:55

baby will be fine, I'm sure even if its full of drunks you aren't going to pass the baby around for them all to hold.
I don't get this at all, I had similar comments from my dh when ds1 was tiny. I think he just wanted to keep him at home and wrap him in cotton wool.
The more you venture out the more relaxed he will become.

Sunnymeg Wed 26-Mar-14 14:07:31

Absolutely fine if you are eating. I went in with DS to meet a friend for coffee and we were asked to leave because I hadn't bought a meal.

KellyElly Wed 26-Mar-14 13:57:13

NatashaBee Sorry x post

KellyElly Wed 26-Mar-14 13:56:44

They have a 2 alcoholic drink policy before you get kicked out. What for everyone?

GoldenGytha Wed 26-Mar-14 13:53:40

There are two Wetherspoons where I live,

Both are full of drunken loud men, and lads who've just come off the rigs and start drinking the minute the place opens.

My friend likes it because it's cheap, and I am no food snob, but the food in both of ours is dreadful, neither are places I'd choose to go

NatashaBee Wed 26-Mar-14 13:29:54

I think ICanSee means they have a 2 alcoholic drink policy when eating in the family area with children.

FannyFifer Wed 26-Mar-14 13:19:27

I wouldn't bring my children into either of the two local to me.

Full of alcoholics & people drinking a lot who also have children with them.

ChocolateSnowflakes Wed 26-Mar-14 13:16:33

YANBU. I regularly meet with my mum-friends at Wetherspoons. They have crayons. 4months might be a tad too young for crayons, but IMO anywhere that provides crayons is family friendly!

Emubaby Wed 26-Mar-14 13:14:41

Took my dd to Wetherspoons yesterday with friends. It was very well kitted out for babies, clean changing area, lots of space, good childrens menu and clean high chairs. I would say its a great place to go for lunch with a group of friends.

OcadoSubstitutedMyHummus Wed 26-Mar-14 13:10:39

Well, actually I'd pause slightly. There are two Wetherspoons walking distance from my house. One is perfectly nice and I'd happily take mums and babies into. But the other is dingy with lots of leery old men who are there drinking all day and the atmosphere is pretty rough so it wouldn't be somewhere I'd be happy going to for this.

sparechange Wed 26-Mar-14 13:01:18

ICanSee, not in the one near my office, they don't...
On my way in, there are often a couple of people queuing outside waiting for it to open.
They are then outside smoking when I go out for lunch and it isn't uncommon for them to be there when I leave

YNK Wed 26-Mar-14 12:55:54

Ours has a family area to eat in and it's very clean.

Bowlersarm Wed 26-Mar-14 12:54:22

Perfectly fine.

TheGreatHunt Wed 26-Mar-14 12:53:07

As long as you don't plan on feeding baby one of those god awful £5.99 meals then why not?

ICanSeeTheSun Wed 26-Mar-14 12:52:16

Done it loads of times.

They have a 2 alcoholic drink policy before you get kicked out.

Topaz25 Wed 26-Mar-14 12:52:14

Why not? It's a family friendly venue and should be fine during the day.

specialsubject Wed 26-Mar-14 12:51:22

can be a bit rowdy at night due to the cheap beer, but fine during the day.

Twobusyboys Wed 26-Mar-14 12:48:37

The weatherspoons in our town is the one all the alcoholics hang out in. Cheapest beer. But i expect we are unusual. In the previous place i lived it was nice.

NatashaBee Wed 26-Mar-14 12:46:23

There are usually a few old men in them who come in for breakfast and stay all day. I don't think it would be too busy on a weekday lunchtime though, and they have family areas so relatively kid-friendly.

ShadowFall Wed 26-Mar-14 12:27:12

Sounds fine to me.

IME Wetherspoons - and most other pubs that serve food - are pretty family friendly during the daytime.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Wed 26-Mar-14 12:26:33

My antenatal group met in a 'spoons type pub every week.

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