'Two-drink' parent limit

04-01-2008

'Two-drink' parent limit
JD Wetherspoon has defended its policy to limit parents to two alcoholic drinks if they bring their children with them into one of its pubs.

Eddie Gershon, spokesperson for the popular chain of pubs and bars, said both parents and children must order a meal if children are to come into the pub.

Adults with them can then order one alcoholic drink with their meal and one more afterwards.

Explaining the reasoning behind the policy, Mr Gershon told the Today programme: "We don't feel that we really want the adults and the children in the pub once the child has finished his or her meal, the child just sitting there, maybe bored.

"We don't offer any other facilities for the children. Our pubs are in city centres so there are no outside facilities for them to go to, and we are trying to look after our other customers as well."

He added that customers have shown their support for the two-drink policy as "those people who don't really want children in pubs respect the fact that we look after the children extremely well, and once they have finished their meal we ask them to leave".

Parents hoping to hang around for a bit longer than the length of the meal by ordering non-alcoholic drinks are likely to find their efforts thwarted.

"If the parent was looking to stay that bit longer with the child just sitting there and drawing it out by ordering coffee or orange juice or any other soft drink we might let them have one but we wouldn't fall for that," Mr Gershon said.

"There would be a time limit in the manager's mind where he would see the meal was being finished and would ask the person to leave."

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