Families furious as pub bans all children under 12 to stop boozer ‘turning into a creche’

Families have been left furious after a pub has banned all children under 12 to stop the boozer from “turning into a creche”.

Pub landlady Lucy Draper announced the new policy on The Compass Inn’s Facebook page yesterday.

She banned youngsters from coming into the Southampton pub except during Sunday lunchtime.

Hundreds of parents have now branded the policy as “inconsiderate” and “ridiculous” online as they’ve vowed to take their business somewhere else.

However, opinion was divided as some customers defended Lucy’s decision saying adults can finally have “a relaxing meal”.

Lucy, 67, had said her pub is an “adult environment” and that she’s “had enough” of kids misbehaving and ignoring social distancing rules.

As of yesterday, families with children are only allowed into the pub at 12pm and 2.30pm on Sundays and she insists she doesn’t plan on reversing her ban when the pandemic eases.

Lucy said: “It’s their parents’ fault. They just don’t discipline them, so 75 per cent of the children that come in now, they’re screaming and running around and not sitting at tables.

“Families will come in here around 5 o’clock after their children have been in the park all day long and they’re hyper. They should be taken home to bed.

“The other day I had to move two tables out of one of our rooms because there was a family in there with four children and they couldn’t hear themselves think.”

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