Should children be allowed in pubs?
Pub landlords are increasingly having to deal with aggressive behaviour from parents who bring their children in to pubs and fail to keep them quiet when asked. Should pubs be child-free zones?
According to the Good Pub Guide the number of complaints about children in pubs has continued to increase for several years. Some pub landlords also claim the pub is the last bastion of adulthood and children in pubs alienate their adult customers.
Before 1995 children under the age of 14 were not allowed in pubs in England and Wales, but now many pubs rely on the family market with a billion pub meals being served in the UK every year. Other pub landlords have also said that far from ruining a pub, children can enhance the pub-going experience and make it a family affair.
Does the presence of children in pubs ruin a visit to the local or does it make it more enjoyable? Should pubs be the preserve of adults? Is your local pub child-friendly? Does teaching children about drinking at an early age help prevent alcohol abuse?
This debate has now been closed. Thank you for your comments.