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A welcome break for parents and tots
Article date: 08 Nov 2012

Wetherspoon’s pubs across the UK have always provided a family-friendly environment.

Now, several outlets are taking that family welcome one step further, with the introduction of parent-and-toddler groups at some of the pubs.

At The Old Market Hall, in Mexborough, duty manager Simon Rawson is pictured with his son Logan (aged 17 months) and Alisha Norman (11 months) at the pub’s weekly parent-and-toddler session.

The pub, near Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, stages the group every Wednesday morning from 10am until noon, providing toys in a reserved section of the outlet.

The group, which has been running for six months, attracts mums and grandparents with youngsters from six months to three years old.

Free tea and coffee, as well as 20-per-cent meal discounts, are offered to parents, with toast and jam and juice for the kids.

Thursday mornings at The Pilgrim Oak, in Hucknall, sees mums and tots, from newborn to three years old, attend the group there.

The idea of team leader Jill Hadman, the two-hour slot from 9am until 11am provides toys in a play area, sectioned off from the rest of the pub.

Winston Vincent, duty manager at The Pilgrim Oak, said: “The pub is located in the High Street, so is a very handy and central location for parents.

“We provide free biscuits, orange and blackcurrant juice, for the youngsters, with plenty of space for pushchairs, as well as baby-changing facilities. There is also a 20 per cent discount on breakfasts for parents.

“We have been running for only six months, but word is spreading – and it is proving to be a very popular scheme.”

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