Gordon Stott, head chef at the Purefoy Arms in Preston Candover, Hampshire, said, on rare occasions, adults could order from the children’s menu if they didn’t have much of an appetite. This included elderly customers.
Is it okay for adults to order from the kids' menu?
Kids' portions at the gastropub consisted of half portions of the adult alternative. The price reflected the size of the meal – it was half the cost for half the portion.
For Brendan Padfield, owner of the Unruly Pig in Bromeswell, Suffolk, there was a delicate balance to be struck.
He said: “To put things in perspective, if a majority of adult customers ordered from the kid’s menu with kid’s pricing, then we would have to close our doors: we would make no money, as generally there is a low margin return on children’s meals.”
Due to this, the pub stated on the children’s menu that it was for guests aged 12 and under. However, if an adult just fancied a kid’s Spaghetti Bolognese, then staff would be pragmatic by doubling the portion but also the price.
However, he added, there were a few customers, particularly some elderly customers, who had small appetites. So, if they ordered a kids' roast, for instance, then they would only charge the kids' price.
'Eat like an adult'
Customers, however, took a different stance. Public relations consultant, Francesca Baker, has anorexia. As someone who would “never in a million years” eat an adult portion, she appreciated places that would let her choose children’s portions.
Public relations consultant Emma Holgate-Lowe added her two cents: “Most kids meals are the price of a starter, and no one sniffs at two starters.”
However the Barrington Boar in Ilminster, Somerset, put it rather differently. The pub said: “Not sure it’s completely the correct, most hospitable response but come on, you are taken up an adult seat, eat like one!”