Café divides opinion after it bans children under the age of 12

A café in Devon is facing backlash after making the decision to ban all children under the age of 12.

Café owner, Bob Higginson only opened his ocean liner-themed café The Chart Room a month ago. After opening in Brixham, Devon, he announced that while dogs and older children were welcomed, kids younger than the age of 12 ‘would not be catered for’.

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The 61-year-old told Metro: ‘My main demographic is older, more mature people who want peace and quiet.’

He added that children often end up causing damage, saying: ‘There are nice and expensive artefacts which are not behind glass cases, we’ve had things broken by children in the past.’

The cafe posted a poll to try and gauge public opinion, and the results were overwhelming.

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While some angry residents have since boycotted the café, claiming discrimination, many people have left supportive comments on the Facebook page.

One posted: ‘I think it’s great you don’t let children in. Nice to know I can get a coffee with out self entitled little brats causing a scene and their equally bratty parents thinking it’s ok to misbehave,’ whilst another agreed: ‘We need more places like this. Children are absolutely everywhere and parents seem to think they are entitled to taking over the world.’

However, another argued: ‘For not allowing kids , i do not think you deserve the 5 star rating i gave you last week. One less place to come back to in brixham. Good day.’

A Torbay Council spokesman told the paper: ‘Whether or not children (under 18s) are permitted on a premises is not legislated.

‘Therefore, there would be no direction from the council as to whether a business can or cannot permit entry to children.

‘This would be a matter totally at the discretion of the premises licence holder or if not licensed then the business/premises owner.’

What do you think? Would you like a cuppa with no children or has this café gone too far? Let us know in the comments box below.