I saw this post on Facebook about a restaurant – the ‘Lavender Lodge’ in Whitehall Garden Centre who have this sign outside.
Slightly bad grammar aside, I honestly don’t see the issue with it. I’ve been to plenty of places and had my experience ruined by other people’s sexcrement who are unwilling or unable to behave correctly. There’s a time and a place for riotous behaviour, and a ‘quieter’ restaurant really isn’t it. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking my kids out with me for dinner, and we tend to stick to more ‘family’ orientated places, I’m *very* lucky because both of them, even James who is meant to be a ‘threenager’ couldn’t be any better behaved than he is.
I also like going out for dinner without them, and there’s nothing worse than a quiet meal being destroyed by someone else, child or otherwise – I think it’s fair enough of this establishment to set their ‘tone’ on the door. If I saw that I’d be more inclined to pop in when I’m child free and consider others before entering when I do have my two. One of my favourite places to go to for a bite to eat or a quick drink is ‘Baroosh’ in Chelmsford because they have a strict ‘Over 21’s’ Policy all day and night, and sometimes it’s nice to escape the world of children for a coffee in peace.
I’m sure some would argue that it’s discriminatory for those with disabilities and issues that cause them to struggle in situations, and perhaps it is – but I’m guessing it’s not the only restaurant in the area, and if you really feel that strongly, the best way to vote is with your wallet and go elsewhere.
So – what do you think about the matter?
Header photo from Loz at Two Fishes Diary