Cut off: pub faces backlash after limiting parents to two drinks

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A UK pub chain has divided customers with a controversial two-drink limit for parents in an attempt to control "unruly children".

While the rule has reportedly been around for some time in JD Wetherspoon pubs around the country, it came to light after a sign appeared in The Robert Pocock venue in Kent, in southern England, announcing they would be enforcing it in 2020.

"As part of our licensing it is our responsibility to ensure that we are protecting children from harm," reads the sign, which was later shared to Twitter. "Therefore adults in charge of children will be allowed to have one alcoholic drink and a further alcoholic drink with a sit-down meal. After that amount of alcohol is consumed we are in our legal right to refuse service of alcohol."

The pub noted that while the policy had not been enforced "rigorously enough in the past"  they would be cracking down on it in 2020.

 And it's left punters divided.


Many, however, agreed with their stance.

On their website, the chain, which has 900 stores around the UK, notes: "Some of our pubs may request that all members of a party with an under-18 present order a main meal, if alcohol is ordered."

A Wetherspoon spokesperson told BBC that the booze limit was a guideline "not a policy".

"The manager took the decision to put the poster in the pub to emphasise to customers that she would not allow parents to drink while their children were running round uncontrolled in the pub," they said. "The notice had a positive effect, with mostly good feedback. There is a guideline, though not a policy, that we will serve the adult a maximum of two alcoholic drinks with their meal.

"The reason is that we don't want children being unruly in the pubs and parents thinking they can continue to drink while this happens."