Wetherspoons puts limits on parents drinking

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7170939.stm

Quite frankly I am glad of this, the times at night when I've seen families with young kids in Wetherspoons when you get the brawling drunken rabbles in of old men, lads or students. Its not an atmosphere that children should be in. I know many of you have kids here, I can see why some people are complaining but surely there are nicer places than a 'Spoons to get a meal at, they really are soulless places with only one purpose, as a primary starting place to get tanked up for a night ahead.
 
#3
jagman said:
Good
Pubs and bars are not the place for children.
Absolutely - They should be made to wait outside.
 
#4
Ah yes, outside with a bottle of lemonade and a packet of crisp. Those were the days!
 
#5
Strongly disagree with this stupid ban. I occasionaly enjoy going into Wetherspoons for the odd quick cheap bar snack avec wine after work with the team.

Its rather a good spectator sport watching folk similar to Frank Gallagher & his Shameless family for real.

Its funny to watch a grown man skull 9 pints of Stella & his wife off her face on Blue WKD at 4pm.

Wetherspoons should bring in a rule you add the age of your kids together and the parents have to consume that number of drinks before they are served food:

So a 3yr old, a 5yr old & an 8yr old = 16 drinks
 

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#7
any sensable responsable Parent would watch their drink anyway, its the feckless that needs their dole stopping and having it spent on the kids instead.
 
#8
Wetherspoons isn't the problem, it's the Canny Man pub in Bracknell that needs censuring. I once went there for a drink with the Current Mrs Bat_Crab (whilst she was still the Future Mrs) and watched awestruck as a chap vomited into his own pintglass at just past 1600 hrs. He didn't drink it though, so he obviously wasn't squaddie material.

Ultimately if pikey parents want to have a skinful of strong continental lager and neglect their kids then they have plenty of scope to do so in the safety of their own home!
 
#9
Never liked kids in Pubs. Oh I suppose there are a few places where it could be acceptable but Weatherspoons is set up for cheap mass beer sales, Boozeingland, not really the place where kids can sit and have a quite lunch with parents.
john
 
#10
Don't really give a sh*t as I stopped drinking in Wetherspoons years ago. Tesco's drinks section provides a better atmosphere.
 
#11
jonwilly said:
Never liked kids in Pubs. Oh I suppose there are a few places where it could be acceptable but Weatherspoons is set up for cheap mass beer sales, Boozeingland, not really the place where kids can sit and have a quite lunch with parents.
john
Agreed. Wetherspoon's aren't quiet country pubs where families go to have lunch with friends while kids cavort on the green or the jungle gym in the back. They're sticky, grimy drinking dens with cheap booze who make their money off getting people as trollied as possible. Their target audience probably prefers not to trip over bored, unsupervised kids while they do it, so this will probably be a winner for them.

Given the type of people who usually bring their kids to Wetherspoon's to enjoy more than a couple of drinks during the daytime...well, you could argue it's discriminatory. But, IMO, once you have kids, you lose the "right" to sit in a pub and get p!ssed all afternoon in the first place unless you can get a sitter. (Incidentally, this also applies to middle-class people in tapas bars.)
 
#12
Not all spons are 21st century gin palaces designed to keep the poor shitfaced. Where I live in South London, they are some of the better pubs around.

What about that one in Dover? Its pretty shit by Spoons standards, but its still the best pub in that miserable town!
 
#13
Completely agree with it, stops chavvy little cunts spawn from running around the table where their fat Ron Hill wearing matriarchs, then crying and disrupting everyones lunch.
 
#14
jagman said:
Good
Pubs and bars are not the place for children.
Agreed. I like going for a pint to get away from daddy's little bastards.

I fcuking hate other peoples kids.
 
#15
Heard this on the radio today.

Some chavvy feckwit was claiming that toast was a meal.

I suppose 38 Pints of wifebeater is an aperatif using that logic.

Sod em. Less Chavs and Fat munters with the One Hip, One Pram, One Oven combo the better.

Do you think Chav kids have more snot or their nose wiped less?
 
#16
I personally have no problems with Wetherspoons, as they do have a decent range of drinks and guest ales along with an interesting range of Foriegn beer, all for a reasonable price, thats why I like them, you shouldn't really knock them as they bring disused Cinemas, abadoned decommisioned Crown Courts, ex Print houses, even a brewery ! any building with a charactcer, these building have been rescued when they would have been a rundown Eyesore otherwise, you shouldn't really knock them, I personally haven't seen any trouble in them.

I think you really should be looking more at run down pubs in sink estates where the real problems are, a lot of drug dealing also take place as these estates rarely see a Bobby on beat round there.
 
#17
walt_of_the_walts said:
Not all spons are 21st century gin palaces designed to keep the poor shitfaced. Where I live in South London, they are some of the better pubs around.

What about that one in Dover? Its pretty s*** by Spoons standards, but its still the best pub in that miserable town!
Is it fcuk. Only decent pub in town was the Britannia, down on the seafront.

Although admittedly that was 8 years ago....anyone know if it's still there?
 
#18
Think the Britannia is still there, or was (two years since my last visit).

Depending on the time, depends on the atmosphere in 'spoons. Through the day my local serves cheap beer and reasonable food, most evenings it is like a normal bar. Come Fri and Sat evening though.....

Still I appluad their rules. I would have made it mandatory that one parent stays sober but hey, that's me.
 

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#19
semper said:
I personally have no problems with Wetherspoons, as they do have a decent range of drinks and guest ales along with an interesting range of Foriegn beer, all for a reasonable price, thats why I like them, you shouldn't really knock them as they bring disused Cinemas, abadoned decommisioned Crown Courts, ex Print houses, even a brewery ! any building with a charactcer, these building have been rescued when they would have been a rundown Eyesore otherwise, you shouldn't really knock them, I personally haven't seen any trouble in them.

I think you really should be looking more at run down pubs in sink estates where the real problems are, a lot of drug dealing also take place as these estates rarely see a Bobby on beat round there.
Go on, admit it, you work in a Wetherspoons don't you!

The one in my town is open from 8am to, well, 8am, and up until 7pm when all the chavs roll in there, it's fullto the brim with full-on drop-out alcaholics. Loverly venue, if you don't mind wearing NBC overboots before you go in, or a decon shower on the way out.
 
#20
Biped said:
semper said:
you shouldn't really knock them as they bring disused Cinemas, abadoned decommisioned Crown Courts, ex Print houses, even a brewery ! any building with a charactcer, these building have been rescued when they would have been a rundown Eyesore otherwise
Go on, admit it, you work in a Wetherspoons don't you!

The one in my town is open from 8am to, well, 8am, and up until 7pm when all the chavs roll in there, it's fullto the brim with full-on drop-out alcaholics. Loverly venue, if you don't mind wearing NBC overboots before you go in, or a decon shower on the way out.
I am sure there are some right holes knocking about, but my local is called the money pit or something. Oh, that's it. The "Counting House". It used to be a NatWest bank, but they followed true to the advert and turned it in to a 'spoons not a "trendy wine bar"!!!! :p

The major draw to the place I have is that the old vault was converted in to a bar area. Four tables space for about 16 - 20 people (20 if you are all good friends!!!), anyway the good thing is, you can have a sort of private party in there (some walls ahve been cut out) but most importantly, mobile phonesdon't seem to work in there. Mint.

And it is a nice place to drink. Except on Fri/Sat when it is wall to wall full, and you have to use techniques only suitable for Antarctic Icebreaker Captains to get to the bar! They have bouncers too.

At the end of the day, if you don't like the pub don't go in to it. If the manager (or Landlord as we used to call them) says that you can have two drinks only, then it's two drinks only.

The Railway in Blandford now open 24/7 and regularly refuse to serve individuals alcohol if the bar maid belives them to be drunk. They will serve soft drinks however, if they are with a group. The Landlord backs up the bar maids 100%.

No messing, no grey areas, no trouble.

Unlike this wet lettuce....
From the article.
The drinks policy came to light when Stephen Gandy contacted the BBC after visiting a Wetherspoon pub in Wallasey on Merseyside for a meal with family and friends.

The group was told that they could not have more than two alcoholic drinks each because they were with a child, even though the child's mother was only drinking water.
The Landlord clearly laid down the policy, Mr Gandy went to the Beeb, no doubt believing that his human rights have been somehow infringed.

"I tried to tell him that I understand and know the legislation and it's not in relation to cruelty but in relation to comfort, environmental conditions and segregated areas and a comfortable environment for children," Mr Gandy added.

"But he was having none of it and the choice was we could stay but the child would have to go. Obviously we didn't want that so we proceeded to another establishment that made us welcome.
So then he gobbed off to the authority figure in the bar. And went to another drinking hole. So why was the BBC called?

"Imagine a foreign visitor coming in and getting told that - it's unreal."
Behave Mr Gandy.

Mr Gershon said: "Wetherspoons is quite clear it wants children in its pubs but it's not a children's pub in as much as a Wacky Warehouse or that type of place.

"What we don't want is the adult just staying and drinking in the pub while the child is just sitting there and we will 100% back our manager in the approach he has taken."

In relation to Mr Gandy and his friends, Mr Gershon added: "The only people they need to look at are themselves."
Good response IMHO.

Get a grip Gandy. Barmaid says no, Landlord backs 'em up, Brewery backs him up. So listen to them.
 
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