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Is it acceptable to order a kids meal as an adult?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Going Out Deals
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Going Out Deals
Is it okay to order a kids meal at a restaurant if you're a fully-grown adult? Some restaurants don't let you, is there a reason behind this?
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  • edited 12 March 2019 at 1:15PM
    SilvertabbySilvertabby Forumite
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    edited 12 March 2019 at 1:15PM
    Probably because the children are accompanied by at least one adult, who will pay the full whack.

    That said, Mr S and I can't manage a full panini and salad etc each for lunch - so we order one and ask for two plates. Never been refused yet.
  • eddddyeddddy Forumite
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    SamOli94 wrote: »
    Is it okay to order a kids meal at a restaurant if you're a fully-grown adult? Some restaurants don't let you, is there a reason behind this?

    It's a commercial decision by the restaurant.

    They're essentially offering a cheaper deal for children, just like many attractions, buses, trains etc offer cheaper tickets for children than for adults.


    (Providing a kid's meal will cost almost the same as providing an adult meal - the time spent cooking it, serving it etc. And a child will take up the same amount of restaurant seating space as an adult.

    So the restaurant is essentially offering a special discount for children, and they may not want to offer the same discount to adults.)
  • SystemSystem
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    I've had fast food kids meals. There was 1 time my 10yo had an adult meal and I had the kids meal. I felt really embarrassed eating it though when the waitress came over I said she didn't like it so we swapped! I do get kids desserts though. They're exactly the same but cheaper.
  • I've been known to eat a Happy Meal as a grown adult! However as others have said, it's usually that the cost of a child's meal is set at a concessionary rate in some restaurants and is therefore not extended to adults as a general rule.
  • Peter999_2Peter999_2 Forumite
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    Ricky Gervais covers this in after life. It's quite funny.
  • pogofishpogofish Forumite
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    IME, many places will do a smaller portion at a smaller price if you ask.
  • SilvertabbySilvertabby Forumite
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    pogofish wrote: »
    IME, many places will do a smaller portion at a smaller price if you ask.


    Or have a starter instead. Some starters are so big, I'd never be able to eat one and a main meal.
  • suki1964suki1964 PPR Forumite
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    A lot of places around here offer pensioners portions, half portions or box the rest of your meal up to take home

    I often order pensioner meals even though Im somewhere off it yet as I don't want a huge meal and I hate food waste
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
  • Owain_MoneysaverOwain_Moneysaver Forumite
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    Only if you sit on the little kiddies' chairs.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
  • shortcrustshortcrust Forumite
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    My mate does this all the time in all sorts of places and I don't think anywhere has said no when I've been there.
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