Coffee shop owner defends no children policy – BBC News

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Image caption The Chart Room is definitely an ocean-liner themed coffee shop

The owner of the cafe with a no children below 12 policy has hit back again at critics calling for a boycott of his shop.

The Chart Room, within Brixham, Devon is an ocean-liner designed coffee lounge which also homes antiques and collectables.

Bob Higginson said it had been designed for people to experience the “opulence plus splendour of early steamship traveling without distraction”.

But resident Wendy Moore mentioned she would be boycotting the restaurant, and calling on others to do so.

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“Can anyone show me just what kind of town we’re residing in when dogs are allowed in to an establishment and children are not really? ” she wrote.

“Who on earth does this particular Bob Higginson think he is? Would certainly he ban disabled people through entering his premises? Or individuals of a particular race or color of religion? I’ll bet our bottom dollar he wouldn’t; however be frightened to death to do this. ”

‘Unfounded accusations’

Yet Mr Higginson says the plan has been “blown out of proportion”.

“I simply desired to create a nice quiet zone exactly where grown-ups could sit, relax and luxuriate in the quiet atmosphere, ” this individual said.

“There are plenty over other places for those who have children to go.

“It’s not like I’ve launched a ballistic missile over Torbay. ”

Mr Higginson said he’s received “a hundred messages associated with support” since the “unfounded accusations” had been posted online.

He said that with so many precious collectibles on display, he was “quite nervous” about small children being in the cafe.