'Families are welcome here'
PUBLISHED: 14:38 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009
ONE JD Wetherspoon pub is more relaxed than others when it comes to families. It was reported earlier this month that the chain had imposed a two-drink limit on adults who were in their pubs with children. But this week a spokesman at the chain s head off
ONE JD Wetherspoon pub is more relaxed than others when it comes to families.
It was reported earlier this month that the chain had imposed a two-drink limit on adults who were in their pubs with children.
But this week a spokesman at the chain's head office told the Potters Bar Edition it was at the discretion of each manager how many drinks a person was allowed with a child.
And the Admiral Byng in Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, is one JD Wetherspoon establishment that regards itself as child-friendly.
Duty manager Sam Taylor said they were quite relaxed about the drinks policy and welcomed families.
He said that if he thinks a person had had enough to drink, regardless of whether they had a child, then he would ask them to leave.
He said: "When the pub first opened kids were not allowed in.
"Now we are a child friendly pub. We're aiming for a nice family atmosphere.
"Part of my job is to be front of house and keep an eye on adults drinking; it's just a case of being vigilant.
"If anyone is remotely out of line then we would then act - whether they have children or not."
The drinks policy came to light when Stephen Gandy contacted the BBC after being asked to leave a Wetherspoon pub in Wallasey, Merseyside, after having two drinks.
A spokesman at the chain's head office in Watford was bemused to find that news of the drink rule had made national headlines.
He said: "It has always been the case for the past three years - so I'm not sure why it has only just come to light."
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