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Quick, meal out tonight and restaurant being difficult.

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StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:06:35

I didn't organise meal but we are a large group and table being set up in bar area. Manager on phone said no children allowed otherwise they lose their license, except if I can take a car seat and hide baby on bench behind table. hmm

Anyway, I don't drive so need to arrive in teeny McClaren, which restaurant said no place for and then hung up!!!

Ds 3.5 and exclusively bf, no bottles.

ShabbyChit Fri 05-Oct-12 15:13:42

How can they lose their licence for having a baby in the restaurant?
What licence are they talking about?
Hide baby behind table? hmm
WTF??
What restaurant is this?

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:23:34

Ah forget it. I've decided not to go anyway now (or ever).

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:23:58

It's here: du107w.dub107.mail.live.com/m/messages.m/?mid=m2f865ef4-0cab-11e2-8c67-002264c18ba0&mts=2012-10-02T16:07:02.167Z&fid=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000005&iru=%2fm%2ffolders.m%3ffid%3d00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000005%26mid%3dmcf067eb6-0cd0-11e2-a8e5-002264c1d61c%26adt%3d2012-10-02T20%3a36%3a20.653Z%26dir%3dnext%26pi%3d12&pmid=m8b5f3832-0cad-11e2-9f54-001cc4ed9884&pmts=2012-10-02T16:24:00.590Z

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 15:25:02

www.thebolingbroke.com/home.php

Here I mean.

trudat Fri 05-Oct-12 15:54:42

Not sure but, isn't there some kind of clause in the license of some places that kids aren't allowed. Might not apply to restaurant but may in the bar area. How late will/would you be out?

I remember being kicked out of a wetherspoons at 8pm when we were out with friends and ds was a few months old.

Bit annoying they won't engage in a conversation though, if they're bound by licensing laws, then your quarrel isn't with them.

trudat Fri 05-Oct-12 15:55:16

Not sure but, isn't there some kind of clause in the license of some places that kids aren't allowed. Might not apply to restaurant but may in the bar area. How late will/would you be out?

I remember being kicked out of a wetherspoons at 8pm when we were out with friends and ds was a few months old.

Bit annoying they won't engage in a conversation though, if they're bound by licensing laws, then your quarrel isn't with them.

trudat Fri 05-Oct-12 15:56:06

Not sure but, isn't there some kind of clause in the license of some places that kids aren't allowed. Might not apply to restaurant but may in the bar area. How late will/would you be out?

I remember being kicked out of a wetherspoons at 8pm when we were out with friends and ds was a few months old.

Bit annoying they won't engage in a conversation though, if they're bound by licensing laws, then your quarrel isn't with them.

trudat Fri 05-Oct-12 15:56:44

No idea what happened there, sorry!

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Fri 05-Oct-12 17:14:29

How bizarre given that website all about how great they are with kids?!

I think pubs can have clauses in their license, but didn't think it could apply to restaurants.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Fri 05-Oct-12 17:15:01

Oh, just saw it was in bar area, maybe it's because it's not in the restaurant bit?

otchayaniye Fri 05-Oct-12 17:24:31

if your child is 3.5 can't he or she walk and eat a dinner? i bfed mine til three but at dinner could be generally fobbed off with chips.

btw, i've taken my children to the bolingbroke. no issues at all

FurryFox Fri 05-Oct-12 17:27:31

I think maybe months not years.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 17:35:30

months. He is exclusively breastfed.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 17:36:12

But I'm not going.

ilovemountains Fri 05-Oct-12 17:40:45

They are already putting their jobs at risk by allowing you to take in the baby and breaking the terms of their licence. It's not their fault you don't have a car seat.

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 17:44:15

Why are they breaking their lisence. It is a babe in arms that is exclusively breastfed. Baby has to be with me at all times, otherwise cannot eat. Doesn't the bfing laws protect this?

ChristmasKate Fri 05-Oct-12 17:48:59

Lots of places have a no children in the bar area rule.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Fri 05-Oct-12 17:49:20

Not really. The law protects you breastfeeding anywhere you can take a baby, not taking a baby anywhere iyswim.

ChristmasKate Fri 05-Oct-12 17:51:05

Can you take your DC and have a table in the dining area as a compromise?

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 17:52:46

Sure, but the party of 20 will be in the other room. Kind of misses the point.

Anyway - as I said, - I'm not going.

lisaro Fri 05-Oct-12 17:56:01

I'm guessing they wouldn't want to be dodging around a pushchair, either.

Blu Fri 05-Oct-12 17:57:23

The licensing laws apply to children in bars. All children: babies, toddlers, 10 year olds... If they are bound by the terms of the licence it really isn't their fault. Unfortunate that the person who booked it didn't mention children - though they probably weren't aware of the implications of using the bar instead of the restaurant.

Can't you borrow a car seat? It seems a shame ot miss a night out -it's a nice place.

lisaro Fri 05-Oct-12 18:01:49

Starlight Breastfeeding laws do rightly give a lot of protection, but you do not HAVE to be going to a place where children are not allowed.
Can I ask? How did you plan to get there?

StarlightMcKenzie Fri 05-Oct-12 18:05:28

On the train and then walking - why?

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