expensive kids menu

(73 Posts)
MrMacadoo Mon 21-Jul-14 12:46:21

just after some opinions please. I'm getting my son christened and having a meal at a hotel afterwards. I have just been sent the kids menu and it's £15 a head!

my best friend and godmother to my ds has a 2 and a half year old. Will this child require a meal of their own? am loathe to spend this much on a meal for a child if its not going to get eaten. Parents with kids of this age, would you expect a kids meal or would you take something along for them? I don't want to upset or insult my friend so just wondered what others would do. thanks!

BrianButterfield Mon 21-Jul-14 12:49:19

I would prefer to get a meal for a 2.5 year old BUT if you told me it was £15 I'd happily bring something along for them instead! It's a bit of a cheek charging that much really.

LastTango Mon 21-Jul-14 12:52:49

But it's not just 'for the food' is it? It is for electricity, cleaning, staff, chefs, waiters, receptionists, for using their premises, etc.

Is he going to be the only child there needing a meal?

If so , I'd pay the £15.

Icelollycraving Mon 21-Jul-14 12:54:06

I doubt they will let you get out a few Tupperware boxes!

bumbleymummy Mon 21-Jul-14 12:54:18

That sounds expensive for a kids meal for a 2.5 year old.

Mintyy Mon 21-Jul-14 12:55:41

How much for the adults? I don't think £15 is extortionate, the cost of the food (and the presumably smaller portion) isn't necessarily the biggest factor in restaurant pricing.

Littleturkish Mon 21-Jul-14 12:56:17

I would call the restaurant and clarify the cost of a meal for a 2.5 yr old. How much is it for an adult?

Enb76 Mon 21-Jul-14 12:56:36

How much is it per adult

Wow - where I work its �5.50 for a kids meal and that includes a free drink.
�15 seems excessive. Could the 2.5 YO share with someone else?

MrMacadoo Mon 21-Jul-14 12:58:05

other kids are a 7 year old, my 2 year old who eats like a sparrow so i won't be getting a meal for her, then a few babies

Mim78 Mon 21-Jul-14 12:59:20

Yes they need a meal provided at 2.5.

Negotiate with venue re price as he won't need big meal but if that fails you will have to pay.

Mim78 Mon 21-Jul-14 13:01:30

I took dd to a wedding at 20 months and would have been bloody annoyed if she had no food! Mind you wedding was in Italy so they wouldn't have dreamt of not providing something...

If you're providing food for the 7 year old then I'd do the same for the other children.

MrMacadoo Mon 21-Jul-14 13:03:52

adult meals are £25.

I don't mind paying as it's my best friend it just seems a bit steep.

Good advice to speak to the hotel. I will do that this afternoon

Artandco Mon 21-Jul-14 13:07:55

I would get her a meal tbh. Mine have always eaten well in restaurants and from 18/24 months I would order them own meal ( child's size or starter)

I actually think £15 is quite reasonable tbh for child's meal if adult version is £25. They have already given a £10 discount for portion size

theowlwhowasafraidofthedark Mon 21-Jul-14 13:09:51

YWBU not to provide a guest with a meal

ChickenFajitaAndNachos Mon 21-Jul-14 13:11:56

Could you try and negotiate a price of �12.50?

BomChickaMeowMeow Mon 21-Jul-14 13:12:24

I would pay for a 7 year old but get the two year old a plate so he/she could have some of mine/DH's. DD2 is a good eater but I never bought kids meals for her anywhere until she was 3/4.

windchime Mon 21-Jul-14 13:12:43

Is £15 for a plate of food in a naice venue expensive confused

AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore Mon 21-Jul-14 13:12:47

I think the comparison to the adult price is what makes the difference for me. If the adult price was £18, and child £15, then unreasonable. But for £25 for adult, then £15 for child seems reasonable.

drivinmecrazy Mon 21-Jul-14 13:12:48

Of course not! At that age they can eat bits off the parents plates. How much does this child eat?
DD2 is 8 and we still often don't order her a meal but let her eat off our plates (unless it's one of her favourite restaurants). Most places are happy if you ask for an empty plate.

BomChickaMeowMeow Mon 21-Jul-14 13:13:33

Just ring your friend and see what she wants to do.

Mintyy Mon 21-Jul-14 13:16:43

Well, I wouldn't make the assumption that my friend would want to share her meal with her child. I certainly wouldn't! Have never just allowed one of my kids to "eat off my plate" and considered them properly fed.

MrMacadoo Mon 21-Jul-14 13:17:16

Thanks for the advice all - the hotel will do 2 courses for £10 and 3 for £15 so I will ask my friend what she wants.

It's not that I begrudge paying for a meal for a guest btw - it just seemed an expensive meal for such a small person!

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