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Ch1nook Fri 12-Dec-14 16:56:14

Last week my 3 1/2 yr old grandson and I went into a pub for two lemonades and crisps. He had been planning this venture for sometime and even got money from his "Disneyland" fund to pay for it.
Fortunately we were told the price before they poured the drinks. It would have been £6.45!! We settled on just two packets of crisps and a picnic by a playground. Was I being unreasonable? How can families afford this overcharging for soft drinks? No wonder some pubs have had to close due to reduced trade.
By the way my crisps were stale.

Maggiemaybe Fri 12-Dec-14 17:31:15

No, you are certainly not being unreasonable, Ch1nook. £6.45 is exorbitant and I wouldn't have paid it either. I'm lucky to have a couple of locals that don't overcharge in this way for soft drinks. In fact, one of them doesn't charge at all for a tonic and lemon, which is one of my favourite non-alcoholic drinks (though I do prefer it with a gin added! smile)

J52 Fri 12-Dec-14 17:33:27

Some time ago I saw in a documentary, that there is a higher mark up on soft drinks than on alcoholic ones. X

kittylester Fri 12-Dec-14 17:46:56

Can't remember where but we were charged twice as much for lemonade as wine when I ordered a lemonade spritzer. tchangry

felice Fri 12-Dec-14 17:51:11

I have run restaurant/pubs and the mark up on a half lager is 185%, a soft drink is 42%.
when i go out with DGS, unless it is somewhere i know well(trade prices), I always take a child cup of some description, with juice, easy to say 'you do not have the one he/she can drink here'.DGS cannot drink some types of Orange juice.
Also if you take a small bottle or sealed cup with you you can decant the leftovers.

I apologise for the pricing, but it is the suppliers not the vendors who are to blame.

rosequartz Fri 12-Dec-14 17:54:26

We had a (very small) white wine spritzer with soda and half a shandy and it was £8.60 tchshock

rosequartz Fri 12-Dec-14 17:55:13

Lime and soda always seems fairly reasonable

whenim64 Fri 12-Dec-14 18:02:15

Perhaps they don't like customers there Ch1nook! That's unreasonable.

We go mid-week with twin three year olds to a local Hungry Horse pub/restaurant which does meal deals and often has free drinks for children. A couple of weeks ago, at lunchtime, we got two decent adult meals, two children's meals that you can concoct yourself (so quite nutritious), two orange squashes (free with meals), one red wine and a tonic water, and I got change back out of £15. The kids helped themselves to a balloon on a stick each as we left, too.

KatyK Fri 12-Dec-14 18:52:29

My DH complains if I ask for a soft drink. He says they are always more expensive. (Well that's my excuse anyway). Soda water is usually given free in the pubs around these parts.

vegasmags Fri 12-Dec-14 19:01:08

I find that price aside, many pubs these days offer a wide variety of soft drinks, as opposed to the past when it was Britvic fruit juice or do without. My local offers interesting soft drinks and also does very reasonably priced coffee, hot chocolate and a wide range of teas.