Pubs function as more than just a place to drink socially. They also offer varied menus and serve lunch and dinner. Some of them offer breakfast, but not all. There are many times when a family wants to go out to eat, and they choose their local pub. This is because pubs specialize in making the whole family welcome, not just the adults. Not only are there menus for children, there are also special dining rooms.
Eating out with children is often difficult because they are still learning manners. They have to be taught that screaming during a meal is improper. Leaving their chair and running around is also socially unacceptable, especially when out in public. It takes time and patience to teach good dining manners to children. Many adult diners do not want to hear or see children while they are eating. Pubs owners understand this and have made children welcome by giving them a space where they can learn to cope with dining out.
Special family dinners are a way to establish new traditions and carry on old ones. The day all the children in a family are ready to eat in the main room of the pub is a special one. It signifies these children have now grown up and are ready to be treated as adults. Not only are their family members ready for this step, but the regulars at the pub are included in this proud moment. Eating in the main room means children have learned how to dine in public properly.
There are not very many societies or establishments where children have their own special dining facilities to learn how to dine out. Most modern restaurants do not have a separate child area. Some do specialize in serving mainly children, but these do not assist with raising children to eat out as adults. Pubs have taken their place in the serious task of raising children. Their work to accommodate adults and children alike gives families a place where they can grow among friends.