A pub has attracted heated criticism after making the controversial decision to ban children from dining on all days except Sunday.
The Compass Inn in Winsor, in the UK, announced the change on Facebook this week, sparking some unpleasant feedback from diners unimpressed at the update.
The establishment, which markets itself an “old-fashioned, traditional” pub, said on September 1 that it would now be “predominantly an adult-only premises”.
“Children 12 and over are permitted to dine on any day at any time but children under 12 are only permitted on Sundays at our 12pm and 2.30pm sittings,” the announcement read.
Among more than 1,500 people to comment on the post were a huge number of people complaining about the new “discriminatory” policy.
“Typical how a lot of people are so discriminatory and judge every child the same. As dogs are still allowed I might go back with my daughter’s Cockerpoo and let her loose, they might change their minds about children,” one woman wrote.
Another woman said she was “sad” to receive the news, but could understand where it had come from based on her recent visits to the pub.
“As a local it makes me sad to hear, but the last few times I've been in there some parents (the ones that have ruined it for the rest) have allowed their children to scream shout run around and climb on furniture. The parents have not even noticed,” she wrote.
One mum agreed that the decision seemed “very discriminatory”, saying the pub, which offered a range of gluten free food, was one of few places she could take her coeliac children and feel “safe”.
“Really disappointing. As a coeliac mum with two well behaved coeliac children, this was a rare gem where we could eat safely, have a proper choice, and feel normal. Very discriminatory,” she said.
While a host of diners didn’t approve of the adults-only policy, many others welcomed the change with open arms and claimed it provided a huge incentive to visit.
“Absolutely the best decision, it’s a lovely little pub with a fabulous tea room and garden... why should it be ruined by parents that can’t or won’t control their children’s behaviour?” one woman said.
“Awesome! More places need to adopt similar policies. Not everyone has kids nor enjoys their presence. Good job,” another wrote.
If nothing else, the post certainly got people talking and was shared on Facebook more than 180 times.
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