'It only takes one child to kick off and that spoils it for everybody': ... trends now

'It only takes one child to kick off and that spoils it for everybody': ... trends now
'It only takes one child to kick off and that spoils it for everybody': ... trends now

'It only takes one child to kick off and that spoils it for everybody': ... trends now

A landlord has defended his policy banning children from his pub - saying it only takes 'one child to kick off and it spoils it for everybody'. 

David Worcester, who owns The Lower Red Lion in St Albans, Hertfordshire, came under fire for his 'dog-friendly, child-free' sign that went viral on social media. 

But Mr Worcester has hit back at critics - saying he has been flooded with messages of support from the local community and across the world. 

In an interview with BBC Three Counties Radio, he said that he had 'no issue' with children in pubs but just 'didn't want them in mine' and compared the situation to how he also did not want a 'pool table'. 

He said: 'I just want to create an environment where my customers can sit and relax, it only takes one child to kick off and that spoils it for absolutely everybody.

David Worcester (pictured), who owns The Lower Red Lion in St Albans, Hertfordshire, came under fire for his 'dog-friendly, child-free' sign that went viral on social media

David Worcester (pictured), who owns The Lower Red Lion in St Albans, Hertfordshire, came under fire for his 'dog-friendly, child-free' sign that went viral on social media

The sign has been outside the pub for a long time and went viral after a user on X, formerly Twitter, innocently posted a picture of it online

The sign has been outside the pub for a long time and went viral after a user on X, formerly Twitter, innocently posted a picture of it online

In an interview with BBC Three Counties Radio, he said that he had 'no issue' with children in pubs but just 'didn't want them in mine' and compared the situation to how he also did not want a 'pool table'

In an interview with BBC Three Counties Radio, he said that he had 'no issue' with children in pubs but just 'didn't want them in mine' and compared the situation to how he also did not want a 'pool table'

'We've got upwards of 40 pubs in St Albans, all of which are child-friendly, most are dog-friendly, I believe I'm the only one in the area that isn't.' 

The sign outside The Lower Red Lion pub went viral last week after a social media user innocently posted a picture of himself with the sign, captioned 'found my new local'. 

Users on X, formerly Twitter, reacted with fury to the post- which was seen by more than 75 million people - with one person comparing the ban on children to 'pro-extinction [of the human race] culture'.

Another asked 'why it has become socially acceptable to hate children?' while others supported the boozer's stance and called for more child-free and dog friendly venues. 

But Mr Worcester hit back at the comments on social media. He said: 'The reaction from the local community has been very positive, the reaction from everywhere further afield has been nothing but positive.

'I'm getting

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