As a treat for my mum's birthday, we went to The Bootle Arms. It was a Sunday (just gone) and we didn't arrive until early evening time. The sun was just setting over the fields that surrounded the pub. It was quite beautiful with all the autumnal colours and the crisp freshness in the air.
When we entered the pub, we were met by a bustling atmosphere and, luckily, we were promptly seated. Unluckily, we were seated next to a table of four women and 4 kids (including a baby). Now, that would have been fine, except for the screaming. The constant screaming. And the unwilling women.
We managed to put up with the noise during our mediocre meal. But, by the time our plates were cleared and we were looking at the dessert menu (I was considering the trio of brownies), the noise had picked up. The women made half-hearted attempts to quieten them down but, quite frankly, they didn't seem interested in trying to control them.
I went to the bar to ask if we could be moved to another table. I think it was the manager we spoke to. We were met by a dismissive comment about how busy they were. Now, I understand that they may have had a lot of bookings, but the way he came across was like a "like it or lump it" attitude. We never ordered dessert and left slightly disgruntled.
So, what's the correct etiquette for dining out with kids? Should the women have made more of an effort to keep the kids quiet? If the kids couldn't behave, should they have been there in the first place, disturbing everyone's evening? Or, should I just "like it or lump it"?