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Oct 24, 2008 06:32 AM

Children - Mayflower Inn Washington, CT

This weekend is a very special birthday for my mother. Our family wanted to celebrate with a lunch at the Mayflower Inn in Washington, CT. I have a 2 1/2 year old and an 8 month old. When we called for reservations, they stated they do not have high chairs. Is lunch at the Mayflower appropriate for children? Will we feel uncomfortable there because it is too "fancy"? Any input is appreciated. If this is out of the question, any alternative suggestions would be great. Thank you!

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  1. I've been to the Mayflower for dinner several times over the years and it's wonderful, but I really think it is not a good to bring small (2 1/2 yrs & 8 months) children. When I go there, I really don't want to hear a baby crying or a child misbehaving (sorry to assume that , but I've had small children and I know what can/will happen). Lunch might be different, but it's an elegant place and I really don't think it's the right place for children. Sorry, I'm not from that area, so I can't offer an alternative.

    1. The Mayflower may not actually ban young children, but they would do an expert job of making you feel six inches tall for bringing them.

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      1. re: coldduck

        Don't you agree there are some places where bringing children is not appropriate?

        Tinker, that was a great response from the restaurant. I once noticed on a restaurant's website menu the note "we do not offer a children's menu". Again, just a hint that it's a more adult place.

        1. re: JaneRI

          I certainly do agree that there are some places inappropriate for little ones. Mayflower is certainly one of them. Most of us do not have to be hit on the head with an anvil to get this. Remember that granny will really never tell you but she will be not all that comfortable having lunch or dinner with the little darlings when she, at least , knows it is not right.

          1. re: JaneRI

            Yes, when our children were that age, we tended to bring them to places with drains in the floor. A good, mid-range Italian restaurant is usually best for occasions like this. And if it's about the family being together, it doesn't really matter where you go.

        2. I friend called and asked them " do you ban children in your dining room? The person on the end of the phone answered " we certainly would never tell someone that they can not bring their child, but we pride ourselves on a dining experience that is best enjoyed by those that can tell others about it"

          I thought it was a very good answer. She did go and told me that she was so happy that she did not bring her children.

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          1. re: Tinkerbelldee

            It is most definitely not a place to bring children. The food is good but it is very upper crust and stuffy and not a place that I would want to celebrate with multi generations. I am not from the area to be able to suggest an alternate place, but I would try to find another place to eat.