A fed up landlady has banned kids from her boozer claiming they are badly behaved and flout social distancing rules.
Lucy Draper defiantly brought the ban in at the Compass Inn in the New Forest, Southampton.
She wrote on the pubs Facebook page that the stark new rules were because parents were failing to control their unruly children.
The new ‘adults only’ pub prohibits children under 12 except at Sunday lunchtimes, The Mirror reports.
The move has been met with fury from locals who have labelled the pub “inconsiderate”.
But landlady Lucy fired back at critics saying that a boozer “shouldn’t be a children’s creche.”
She said: “It’s their parents fully. They just don’t discipline them, so 75% of the children that come in now, they’re screaming and running around not sitting at tables.
"Families will come in here around 5 o'clock after their children have been in the park all day long and they're hyper. They should be taken home to bed.
"The other day I had to move two tables out of one of our rooms because there was a family in there with four children and they couldn't hear themselves think.
"Especially with covid now, everyone has to be seated in the pub, but they're not, and that's just brought it to a head and I've had enough."
Critics have pointed out that the new rules will be a blow for kids with coeliac disease as the Compass is seen as the area’s only gluten free pub.
Lucy admits it is a “great shame” they will miss out but has no plans to reverse the controversial new rule.
The landlady has been gluten intolerant for 30 years and the pub has served a full menu of gluten-free food for five years, with the landlady saying children with coeliac are still more than welcome for Sunday lunches.
The 67-year-old has been a landlady for 25 years and thinks business will take a hit in the short-term but will pick back up when locals see the benefit of a child-free pub.
She says customers she's spoken to in person are pleased with the move.
But some punters on social media seem to be fuming with the change.
One said: "This is absolutely ridiculous! You do know there's such a thing as coeliac children? So they miss out so all the 'adults' can have somewhere nice to go? Terrible trading move! And the inconsideration to the children is appalling!
"Don't you think kids have suffered enough! Now being outcast and no there's not lots of places that cater for our coeliac children! You are about to lose a lot of customers! Bad move."
Another responded to the announcement to say: "Wow. What a massive shame. We've been regular customers for the past few years and only visited last week with my well behaved seven-year-old who sat nicely, didn't run around, said please and thank you to the staff, and said thank you and goodbye when we left.
"I'd say see you in five years when she's 12, but not sure I'll bother."
Lucy said: “I know it's going to upset some people, and I can see that on Facebook.
"It's just gone too far on there and it's just ridiculous. I'm not reading all the hundreds of comments or whatever it is.
"This pub is an adult environment. It shouldn't be a children's crèche and most of my regulars are there every day or two to three times per week just for a quiet drink or meal.
"We've never supplied high chairs, and we've never promoted children because we're an old-fashioned country pub, not one of those fancy chains with a nice family room.
"We've got 11 pubs in a square mile round here and there's probably four chain pubs that deal with children, with play areas, so I'm sorry, but they'll have to take their children there. "
Others came to the pub's defence on social media, with one writing: "Good move, any locals will know you're full with adults so it's not like this is going to affect your business.
"We need more mostly adults only places, it's nice to know poorly behaved kids won't be ruining our meal. Especially with covid, where they go from annoying to potentially dangerous."