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Noisy children are the biggest complaint from pub visitors

The number one complaint from regulars in 2015 has been about badly behaved youngsters. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/PA Images

Unruly children shouting, screaming and running around are spoiling pub visits it has been revealed.

The number one complaint from regulars in 2015 has been about badly behaved youngsters.

Some pubs seat families together in one room, while others offer well-equipped play areas or free wi-fi.

The Good Pub Guide has revealed that it also throws up a dilemma for landlords, as to how they should deal with unwelcome families.

Why are there undisciplined children who are allowed to run around unchecked, or screaming babies who aren't taken outside to calm down?"

– Pub-goer

My peaceful lunch by the fire with a pint was totally ruined by a child running around whooping and tripping up staff, and when asked to quieten down by the landlord, the poor man faced abuse from over-protective parents."

"Ridiculous."

– Pub-goer

Other statistics in this year's Guide include an 82p difference in the price of a pint in Herefordshire (£3.10) compared with London (£3.92), with the average for the UK of £3.46 - up by 15p on last year.

The Pub of the Year was named as the Horse & Groom in Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire, which has window seats, a wood-burning stove, guest beers and 22 wines, being described as a "special place".

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