Should children be banned from restaurants?: Eating out

19 July 2018, 13:00

Should children be banned from restaurants?

Nearly three quarters of diners believe there should be some sort of restriction in place for youngsters in restaurants while a fifth would be happy to ban them altogether!

One in five restaurant goers would support a full ban on young children in restaurants, according to new research from GoCompare*.

The comparison site, which rewards customers who switch with a DINE membership that provides discounts at thousands of restaurants across the country, found that children were the biggest source of frustration for UK diners when they eat out, with nearly three quarters (72%) saying they believed in some form of restriction for youngsters in restaurants.

The research comes as eight out of 10 people claim that a disruptive child has ruined their dining experience, with a third saying a noisy minor had spoiled a dinner date for them.

While 20% said they would support a full ban on all young children, most people, though still supporting restrictions, were less extreme.

For instance, just over half (56%) of those surveyed said they believed restaurants should have specific adult-only days, where children would not be welcome. Likewise, the majority (63%) of people said they would support early evening curfews to keep eateries child-free.

However, while disruptive children are clearly a blood boiler for many, it was parents that drew the most ire. The research found that the clear majority (72%) of people felt that parents of loud or disruptive young children should be kicked out of a restaurant by staff if they were unable to keep them quiet.

Georgie Frost, consumer advocate at GoCompare said: “Our study found that children in restaurants is clearly a polarising subject, and a key source frustration for the majority of diners.

"There is sympathy to be had on both sides. Why shouldn't families get to enjoy a meal out together when and where they want? Equally though, why shouldn't those without children be able to eat out at a restaurant that doesn't feel like a creche? 

"Indeed, over 80% of those asked by GoCompare say that they have had their whole dining experience ruined because of disruptive children while a third say it had spoiled a date."

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Notes to editors

*On the 28 June 2018, Bilendi conducted an online survey among 2,001 randomly selected British adults who are Maximiles UK panellists and homeowners.  The margin of error-which measures sampling variability-is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and regional data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of United Kingdom. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.

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