Children and pubs

(98 Posts)
carpediem70 Thu 17-Jan-13 12:55:37

Hi, new here.
I live near a pub and watching out of my window today I have seen three people turn up to the pub to eat with under 5s.
What do people think about taking children into pubs??

Numberlock Thu 17-Jan-13 12:58:10

I think it's very positive. We should do everything we can to encourage family-style dining/social situations, same as in most of the rest of Europe. It should be seen as normal.

They should scrap the kids menus though.

I take it you have some concerns?

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 17-Jan-13 13:03:54

Mine probably goes once a month for a meal with us, since birth. Not sawdust on the floor smoke filled places they used to be. I think it's good, they learn eating out etiquette in a generally relaxed place.

ThePathanKhansWitch Thu 17-Jan-13 13:03:57

Brilliant.Yy to scrapping childrens menus though.

carpediem70 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:06:35

Hi, it is a pub that sells food with a definite drinking clientele, even lunchtimes.
I don't think the average British pub is anything like the bars and cafes of other European countries.

Numberlock Thu 17-Jan-13 13:09:23

So your view is that they should either be at home or that eating is limited to MacDonald's? I don't get what your point is.

Are you worried the kids are going to turn into alcoholics or get caught up in a brawl?

imnotmymum Thu 17-Jan-13 13:09:39

It is perfectly Ok we have always towed our little ones along to various pubs. Not the ones that say children and dogs welcome- that really gets my back up equating children to a dog, Ilove dogs and have one who is gorgeous but ... I shall stop as will get ranty.
In fact I am a bit envy that they are having lunch out I am bloody skint.

Numberlock Thu 17-Jan-13 13:10:07

... eating out...

MrsB74 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:14:53

Where I grew up (Glasgow), pubs were not places for children, no food on offer only booze! Times have changed a bit and where I live now in the midlands all our local pubs welcome kids and even have nice children's menus with some healthier interesting options. I agree that social eating is good for them learning manners etc.

carpediem70 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:15:04

It's a cultural shift that personally bemuses me.

There are plenty of alternatives to Macdonalds.

imnotmymum Thu 17-Jan-13 13:20:02

Cultural shift that bemuses you? I went to pubs as a youngster with Ma and Pa for meals. Could you expand on cultural shift

ZuleikaD Thu 17-Jan-13 13:24:07

When we went to pubs in the 70s my brother and I had to sit outside in the car with a packet of crisps...

rubyrubyruby Thu 17-Jan-13 13:25:10

I think it's the pubs that have shifted tbh.

There was a time you would go to a pub for a drink.
You are now more likely to go for something to eat.

ubik Thu 17-Jan-13 13:27:13

MIL and FIL have introduced my kids to the wonders of Wetherspoons. the two eldest love the chicken nuggets. the three year old is partial to spaghetti bolognaise hmm

No problem at all with it - and as others have said, I would much prefer to enjoy lunch in a decent pub with the DC than sit in a skanky fast food outlet.

When pubs were smokey and grim we rarely took the DC in any. But times have changed, thank god smile

wigglesrock Thu 17-Jan-13 13:28:55

I've always done it and my parents did it with me. My daughters primary school is beside a pub - sometimes we collect the kids and a group of us all go for lunch. I probably spent more time in pubs having lunch when my children were babies than when I was in my early 20s.

I thought this was one of the benefits of the smoking ban.

carpediem70 Thu 17-Jan-13 13:28:55

Pubs used to have very distinct public and lounge bars. A distinction that is fast disappearing with pubs greater reliance on income from food and a rise in disposable income that has made eating out a pastime.
This means that the adult environment of a public bar has been absorbed into the family area of the lounge bar.
I'm not so sure this is a beneficial development.

rubyrubyruby Thu 17-Jan-13 13:31:19

For who?
Families
You
Society
The landlords
?

imnotmymum Thu 17-Jan-13 13:31:44

ooh the lounge where the women and kids went brings back memories smile

Numberlock Thu 17-Jan-13 13:32:50

My daughters primary school is beside a pub - sometimes we collect the kids and a group of us all go for lunch

Woah, loving your style wiggles! If my children were still primary school age, I would definitely be relocating to your catchment area!

ChunkyPickle Thu 17-Jan-13 13:33:03

I wouldn't think twice about taking DS into a pub (2.5) - he's been coming into pubs/restaurants since we first ventured out after he was born (no family nearby to leave him with - not that I wanted to).

I'm not propping him up on a stool at the bar and buying him a half - we're there for a pleasant drink on a Saturday afternoon or lunch/dinner and I can't for the life of me see a problem with it.

OwlCatMouse Thu 17-Jan-13 13:35:22

" A distinction that is fast disappearing with pubs greater reliance on income from food "

Can you think of many pubs that rely just on alcohol sales? Pubs have had to branch out and start offering food, or they'd go bust.

I think it's good that the focus isn't just on going out and drinking. It's GOOD to show children that you go out for a meal, have a drink, spend time with your family/friends. What can possibly be wrong about that.

wigglesrock Thu 17-Jan-13 13:35:34

Numberlock school, pub, chapel, sweetie shop all beside each other - living the dream grin

BertieBotts Thu 17-Jan-13 13:36:49

I think it's fine. Surely that's the whole point of a FAMILY pub? confused

I love a good carvery!

JustAHolyFool Thu 17-Jan-13 13:39:14

As a person without children, I have to say I don't like children in pubs. Sometimes I'd just like to go somewhere where I know I won't be bothered by a child, or mind my language.

Nae offence.

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