The owner of a downtown café has defended himself against prohibiting anyone from entering with children five years or younger.
Tony and Beverley Flackett run Harley’s Cafe and Coffee Bar, which reopened last month after a £ 100,000 extension and refurbishment.
But there is now a sign outside the cafe that says “Sorry, no kids under 5,” StokeOnTrentLive reports.
Tony said: “We’ve had an under-five ban policy for 23 years just because they’re running around, mess they make and we don’t have the toilet facilities.
The sign no children under 5 outside Harley’s Cafe and Coffee Bar in Hanley
“We have signs outside on the board and on the door.
“I think we’re the only place that doesn’t let under-fives in and people say they like to come here because there are no kids screaming.
“I know people get mad about this, but at the end of the day, it’s politics. It’s not that we don’t want kids, just five and over.
“We don’t have room for strollers everywhere, we’re not exactly one huge cafe.
“There are a lot of other cafes that let kids in, it’s not like they don’t have anywhere to go.
“We had a few kids this morning, they sat down and behaved well, but the two or three year olds start running and screaming.
“We have a lot of valuable stuff here and we don’t want them to start playing with them.”
Local Hayleigh Bloor said: “I think it’s so bad so I haven’t been since my daughter is now 21 months old. I think it’s more kids touching each other and other customers complaining about screaming babies. “
Diner Emma Rayner said: “I loved this place, but one of the last times I went for breakfast I was told I couldn’t get in with my child in a stroller. . “
And Rachel Whalley said: “They don’t allow kids, which doesn’t help a mom who just needs a good coffee.
“I tried to enter the other day but he refused me because I had my child with me.”