Kids in pubs?

Old Jan 17th, 2003, 11:26 PM
Nigel Doran
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I have experience of pubs - vast experience as it happens - and have to say that most UK pubs serve atrocious food. I still maintain that pubs are vital places for adults, where they can behave as such. There are some that are very good in that department, and some more that are 'gastropubs' serving very good food at prices only a few pounds below what you'd find in a restaurant. Ben's suggestions are good.
Old Jan 18th, 2003, 11:34 AM
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We have eaten in pubs very often in small and country towns in UK and have had EXCELLENT, really good food.(and I am a good judge of food!) My husband I don't drink, and it never makes any difference to order water or a soft drink..and more and more some of the pubs are more like restaurants and some have non smoking areas. HOWEVER...I understand London is a completely different story in regard to kids, quality of food etc. I'm sure there are some good ones for families, but it's much harder to find them.
Old Jan 19th, 2003, 11:58 AM
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This is an interesting thread.

No one wants or expects pubs ever to become Chuck E. Cheese places where young kids are allowed to run wild. But over the past five years or so we have seen a lot more pubs presenting themselves as family-friendly places.

This is not a very big step in the evolution of pub life; pubs have long been a social gathering place and not just boozers.

London may actually be a bit behind other parts of the country in this trend, but more London pubs seem to accept, if not welcome, well-behaved children these days. I don't think that you will have any problems. As other say, check you and if in doubt ask the publican. I hope that you enjoy your vacation.
Old Jan 20th, 2003, 10:44 AM
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Just look out for a Weatherspoons pub (there are plenty of them in London). The food is perfectly edible and fairly inexpensive
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We have four kids and my husband and I have taken them into many pubs to eat lunch and dinner. We go early and leave before 8pm. Usually one of us will go in and see if it's the type of place that would work for us- rather than the SIX of piling in the place! Use your judgement and you'll be fine.
"gastro pubs" will almost always serve kids in the early evening and will have better food than your corner boozer. If there is a menu posted outside ("food served all day" doesn't count) there's a very good chance that kids are welcome. No rational there, just my experience! Some places can be smokey, but your not so great pizza express can be as well.
We try to avoid the chains but Fish!, Richoux, and yo! sushi are good for kids. Lemonia in Primrose Hill might be out of the way for many (except is you go to the zoo) but it's a great Greek place that would be suitable for families or couples.
Another great place for food on Friday afternoon or Saturday is the Borough Market near the London Bridge tube and Southwark Cathedral. You can get everything from venison burgers to chicken wraps to spanish chorizo.
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Old Jan 22nd, 2004, 01:19 PM
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We ate lunch one day last year in a pub in Battle (where the Battle of Hastings took place, in fact the pub was called 1066) and not only did the family at the next table have their children with them, they also had their dog who lay quietly next to the table while they ate and no one had a problem with it. This to me is such a typically English scenario - you would never see dog allowed in a place of business in the US unless it was a working helper dog.
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Define children. Our daughter is 16. We would not want to be in a true drinking establishment after 8PM with her, but before that, would it be ok?
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