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    • SamOli94
    • By SamOli94 11th Mar 19, 10:57 AM
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    Is it acceptable to order a kids meal as an adult?
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    • 11th Mar 19, 10:57 AM
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    Is it acceptable to order a kids meal as an adult? 11th Mar 19 at 10:57 AM
    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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    • AndrewHawthorne
    • By AndrewHawthorne 19th Mar 19, 9:17 PM
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    You're a paying customer and you can buy whatever you like.

    Restaurants are service businesses and in my experience it is rare that they won't accommodate a request of any kind if they can reasonably do it, and that includes selling you a smaller, or children's portion.

    If your chosen restaurant refuses your entirely reasonable request, vote with your money and go elsewhere in future (or even cancel your immediate order). Perhaps also leave a customer service review...
    • POPPYOSCAR
    • By POPPYOSCAR 19th Mar 19, 9:31 PM
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    Ricky Gervais covers this in after life. It's quite funny.
    Originally posted by Peter999
    Loved it.

    Hope they do more.
    • bylromarha
    • By bylromarha 19th Mar 19, 9:42 PM
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    I was refused in Harvester when I ordered a kids meal, making it clear it was for me. I was told they were only for children.

    I then pointed at my son and said then he'll have the kids meal. I then ordered the adult meal he wanted. When the dishes arrived, son and I swapped plates before the server had left our table. Not a word was said.
    Who made hogs and dogs and frogs?
    • boliston
    • By boliston 19th Mar 19, 9:56 PM
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    I often have the kids' meals, unless they state 'for under 12s only' or similar. Their portion sizes often suit me better, and sometimes are still too large - especially kids' packed lunch options!
    Originally posted by snickersbars
    You could say you were born on 29th feb so that would cover you up to 48 as you will have only had 12 birthdays
    • cheeky-peach
    • By cheeky-peach 20th Mar 19, 11:25 AM
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    My mother has a stomach condition and always prefers a children's meal as it's more suitable for her dietary requirements. She has been refused a few times though despite explaining it was to save wasting food.
    • Rolyan
    • By Rolyan 20th Mar 19, 11:43 AM
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    You're a paying customer and you can buy whatever you like.

    Restaurants are service businesses and in my experience it is rare that they won't accommodate a request of any kind if they can reasonably do it, and that includes selling you a smaller, or children's portion.

    If your chosen restaurant refuses your entirely reasonable request, vote with your money and go elsewhere in future (or even cancel your immediate order). Perhaps also leave a customer service review...
    Originally posted by AndrewHawthorne
    While I agree with your middle sentence, your first and last ones smack of 'entitlement'.


    That aside, there is a garden center and cafe near me that until very recently, simply refused to provide 2 spoons with their (very large) desserts. They were very open about it and even had a sign up stating that they would not provide 2 spoons to share desserts with!
    • dobbiesloan
    • By dobbiesloan 20th Mar 19, 3:55 PM
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    I use Greene King, they have a seniors menu that I order from.
    Fish,chip & peas followed by apple pie & custard. Not bad for 4:49.
    GONE ENGLAND
    • adindas
    • By adindas 20th Mar 19, 4:06 PM
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    You're a paying customer and you can buy whatever you like.

    Restaurants are service businesses and in my experience it is rare that they won't accommodate a request of any kind if they can reasonably do it, and that includes selling you a smaller, or children's portion..
    Originally posted by AndrewHawthorne
    Well, paying does not mean you will be exempted from the rule. The rule is there to serve different purposes.

    Using the same analogy what about people using school children ticket for traveling ?? Keep in mind children/adult posing as children are still customers.

    If your chosen restaurant refuses your entirely reasonable request, vote with your money and go elsewhere in future (or even cancel your immediate order). Perhaps also leave a customer service review...
    Originally posted by AndrewHawthorne
    Whether a reasonable request or not it is another debate as each restaurant offer a kid meal for different purposes.

    Vote with your money is exactly the option that people have and should exercise
    Last edited by adindas; 21-03-2019 at 3:16 PM.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 20th Mar 19, 6:26 PM
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    I find that the local independents are much more allowing when it comes to childrens meals. within reason

    Say a steak is a six ounces, there is no where for them to off load the bit of steak you don't want ( say 2 ounces) unless their menu also makes say like steak sandwiches where the steak can be used

    Sunday roast, its usually only the veggie portion that differs

    etc

    Chains are not so obliging, unless you order of the Childs menu itself and for those choices, well I don't want fishmongers, chips an peas every time I go out
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • andygb
    • By andygb 10th Apr 19, 10:41 AM
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    Years ago, I had my last meal at Pizza Hut.
    My wife and I went in and I wasn't feeling that well so ordered a side dish of salad, whilst she had a pizza. We both had diet Cokes.
    About midway into the meal, she asked me if I wanted to try a bit of her pizza and she passed a piece over to me.
    Within seconds the waiter pounced on us, saying that we couldn't do that because I hadn't ordered it, and if I did it again he would ask us to leave.
    I simply said OK and said that I was leaving, and we left having eaten half the food but didn't pay.
    I saw no reason why they should have the right to throw someone out for that and then expect them to pay in full for a meal.
    • sparkermarketing
    • By sparkermarketing 11th Apr 19, 6:53 PM
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    A place near us has a special lunch time menu.

    I ordered fish and chips off the "adult lunch menu" (6.99) my 3 year old ordered fish and chips from the kids menu (4.99).

    He had more food on his small plate than I did on mine (although mine came with a few fancy swirls on the plate). He got an ice cream included in his meal deal too.
    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 11th Apr 19, 7:05 PM
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    My Mom always used to order a child size meal for my Nan, as she was such a slow eater and could never eat an adult sized one anyway. The rest of us were full paying adults. I don't think she ever had a problem.
    Winging it since 1972

    SW is like the Hotel California - "You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave".
    • General Grant
    • By General Grant 12th Apr 19, 2:59 PM
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    Years ago, I had my last meal at Pizza Hut.
    My wife and I went in and I wasn't feeling that well so ordered a side dish of salad, whilst she had a pizza. We both had diet Cokes.
    About midway into the meal, she asked me if I wanted to try a bit of her pizza and she passed a piece over to me.
    Within seconds the waiter pounced on us, saying that we couldn't do that because I hadn't ordered it, and if I did it again he would ask us to leave.
    I simply said OK and said that I was leaving, and we left having eaten half the food but didn't pay.
    I saw no reason why they should have the right to throw someone out for that and then expect them to pay in full for a meal.
    Originally posted by andygb

    Did they think it wasn't "her" pizza (as in an item specifically ordered for her) but that she was having pizza as part of the "buffet"? If the latter, then I can understand (but they should have said you would have to pay the buffet price too) but if it was her simply sharing (however much or little) of a pizza then clearly that should not have happened.
    • jjhdee
    • By jjhdee 13th Apr 19, 11:26 PM
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    We had a friend who opted for kids meals because she does not have the appetite for a normal sized one, and it was a tad cheaper too. Never had a problem with it personally but not all restaurants may want to.
    • dobbiesloan
    • By dobbiesloan 22nd May 19, 8:58 PM
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    Meal for four.
    In my Morrison's cafe you can get a main and a drink after 3pm for 5:75. or 2 for 11:50. However they have a deal for 4, 2 adult mains and 2 drinks + 2 kids meals and 2 drinks for 10:00. So my friend and I ordered the 10:00 deal. When the food arrived at the table we were asked where the other 2 were. I told them that there were only us two. I was told we were not allowed to do that so I said they were on their way and if they did not arrive in time then we would eat it for them. They were not happy about it.
    GONE ENGLAND
    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 23rd May 19, 5:30 PM
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    Their portion sizes often suit me better, and sometimes are still too large - especially kids' packed lunch options!
    Originally posted by snickersbars
    I found this (at the local chip shop actually but same principle) in that what was aimed as a junior type meal deal thing was just about ideal for me with a mini-fish + a very small portion of chips and a pot of gravy or curry. Although the price difference was like 5 vs 8 (ish) I think for the full size fish and mix etc, I could not eat it all.

    They never said anything, actually the first time I asked for a mini fish the lady said there was that meal offer on! So it was not like I demanded it to start with.

    I've not had one for about a year now thinking about it, and it was only a once every two-three weeks treat for myself really given the highish cost.


    Summary is as others have said I don't think there's anything cheeky in trying to order a junior meal or whatever for yourself unless its stated its for under 12's or whatever and/or has to be purchased with an adult meal etc, regardless of outlet. Ultimately they want you to buy "something"
    • Askalaba
    • By Askalaba 29th May 19, 4:44 PM
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    My partner tried to order a kids meal and was told she couldn't because she was over 18
    Absolutely love a good bargain. If anybody has any money saving tips please send them my way
    • One-Eye
    • By One-Eye 11th Jun 19, 10:58 PM
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    8 of us stopped for breakfast on the way to the airport, and I found myself 6th in the queue. The first 5 ordered a Big Breakfast:
    2xBacon, 2xEgg, Sausage, Mushroom, Tomato, Beans, Hash Brown, Fried Bread, 2xToast
    Kids Breakfasts were exactly half the price, so the last 3 of us each ordered two Kids Breakfasts:
    1xBacon, 1xEgg, Sausage, Mushroom, Tomato OR Beans, Hash Brown, Fried Bread, 1xToast
    The staff didn't mind, but the 5 with a Big Breakfast weren't that happy

    • nigelrtaylor
    • By nigelrtaylor 12th Jun 19, 5:50 AM
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    Walk out
    If a restaurant refuses just leave. It's there loss.
    • ddesoran9
    • By ddesoran9 12th Jun 19, 9:37 AM
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    It's stupid not to let people order from kids menu, why would they care, I do what I want, lol
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