With elderly relatives near Usk, we have been frequent diners at the greyhound for many years, and we’ve also stayed in their accommodation. This is really a fantastic pub, well managed, lovely interior, excellent staff and especially wonderful food. We’ve always thoroughly enjoyed our meals and always look forward to going. In the last two years, however, we have noticed that it has become increasingly frequented by parents with very young children which is an issue when the feral youngsters treat the entire building as a playground. They zoom around the rooms, screaming and shouting whilst the parents gaze on unashamedly ignorant that such behaviour is antisocial and rude. Our most recent visit was midweek in December, before the school holidays, and we specifically booked a table for 8pm believing that we would be spared the children’s antics at such a late hour. To our dismay we discovered that every dining area contained “family” groups and our booked table was completely surrounded by them. Whilst our food was delicious, the evening was a total ordeal especially as my very expensive coat (placed carefully on the back of my chair) somehow ended up with food stains on it (£15 dry cleaning bill and the marks are still evident). I doubt the damage was from the staff spilling anything but was more likely caused by the sticky fingers of the disorderly children zooming around the room. We are frequent travellers to France where meals in restaurants are NEVER conducted in such an environment, the children are expected to sit at the table and eat with manners. Just what has gone wrong in some parts of UK, Wales seems especially bad? It is now impossible to have a civilised evening in a restaurant without feeling that one has entered a wild animal enclosure. Pub owners need to take some kind of firm action against the yummy mummy brigade and their dreadful children by either banning them at certain times (after 7.30 pm) OR having child free zones. We have now pretty much given up on the Greyhound Inn /Zoo…………….what a shame.
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