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Etiquette for pubs and children

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Laval, Canada
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Etiquette for pubs and children

Bear with me as this is our first trip to London.

Looking to try some 'pub grub' :)

Fish and chips, Sunday Roast...

We are not fancy eaters and wouldn't mind being able to have our meals at these types of places.

We are travelling with two girls (12 and 9). Are they allowed in pubs? How do we know if some allow and some don't? Do we just need to ask?

Thanks for the replies!

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1. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

Pubs don't ban children they just won't serve them alcohol, but not all serve food, some are just bars, so look for traditional pubs rather than stylish themed bars and they will in most cases serve kids portions - unless your kids prefer adult portions now - and am sure there will be many members along in a short time to advise on the best family friendly pubs in London in which case you need to stipulate which area/zone you are staying in during your holiday in London.

Enjoy.

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2. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

Not quite on topic, but for authentic fish and chips then go to a chippie (a fish and chip shop) not a pub

Edited: 28 June 2013, 14:02
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3. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

My local has both a pub section and a separate restaurant section. Whilst it allows children in the restaurant section at all times, it has a note in the pub stating that it "welcomes well-behaved children until 6.00 p.m.".

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4. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

Have to agree with chesterbuff on the fish and chips, a traditional chippy would be the order of the day, but for a sunday roast or full English breakfast pubs can often hit the spot, also meant to add - as Kennydon has already stated - there will be restrictions with regard to serving times etc.

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5. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

It is up to the Landlord whether he accepts accompanied children in his pub. Any pub that serves food will generally allow children on the premises.

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6. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

Have a look at

www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk

They have childrens menu's as well & they are cheap & all over London.

They have a search bar, whilst out & about, just write in what you are near, attraction/tube stn/postcode & a list will come up. The list will include those which welcome children.

Janice

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7. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

Are children allowed in pubs?

It depends on the pub's license and the landlord.

Some pubs are not licensed for children under 16 years old and children over 16 are allowed in the pub only if they are having a meal.

Here's the basics of the law for children: https://www.gov.uk/alcohol-young-people-law

You might try looking at these lists:

urbanspoon.com/ft/52/5150/4/Pub-Food-Kid-Fri…

pubs.com/main_site/children_friendly_pubs.php

For Fish and Chips, see this list: https:/…edit

Laval, Canada
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8. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

Thanks for the replies.

What constitutes a chippie? Small, carry out type places?

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9. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

Many fish and chip establishments have sit down areas but you can also have it to take out.

Look at the link TexScott has given, is always informative.

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10. Re: Etiquette for pubs and children

The best are just take aways- and do just fish and chips and mushy peas or, at most ,pies as well. Avoid chains; the best chippies are owner run

The best fish is cod - or on the other side of the Pennines they would say haddock. Anything else cheaper and you are likely to be disappointed