'Families are welcome here'

PUBLISHED: 14:38 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

Children welcome to dine, says a notice in the Admiral Byng’s window. But no-one is welcome if they’ve had too much, whether or not they’re with children, says the management

Children welcome to dine, says a notice in the Admiral Byng's window. But no-one is welcome if they've had too much, whether or not they're with children, says the management

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."

# What do you think? Should adults be asked to leave with their children after two alcoholic drinks? Email us your views at whtimes@archant.co.uk

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