Mother handed dustpan and brush to clean up her baby’s spillage in pub

Welsh pub manager made Alex Parry ‘extremely uncomfortable’ when he offered her the cleaning tools

Mother, 22, whose baby had just started eating solids SLAMS pub staff who handed HER a dustpan and brush to clean up spillages in the middle of her lunch

  • Alex Parry, 22, was handed the cleaning tools by staff at the Welsh pub
  • Her 11-month-old daughter Olivia spilt some of her lunch on the floor
  • She thought the manager was ‘joking’ when he handed her the dustpan  
  • Pub spokesperson said Ms Parry’s group offered to clean up, but she denies this

A mother who was handed a dustpan and brush and told to clean up after her 11-month-old dropped food on a pub floor said she thought the manager was ‘joking’ when he fetched the cleaning tools before she had finished her meal.

Alex Parry, 22, and her daughter Olivia were at the Antelope pub in Bangor, north west Wales when the embarrassing incident happened as they were eating their lunch along with Ms Parry’s friend Danielle Feather and her son Oscar.

Ms Parry, who claims she regularly visits the pub with her daughter, said it was the first time she’d ordered a meal for the child, who had only just started eating solids.


Alex Parry and 11-month-old Olivia were eating at the Antelope restaurant in Bangor when she was handed a dustpan and brush by the manager after her baby dropped food on the floor

After apologising to one of the waitresses for the mess Olivia had caused, Ms Parry said she was told it wasn’t a problem and not to worry.

But she told the Daily Post that moments later the manager came over with a dustpan and brush while she was still mid-meal, and asked her to clean up after her daughter.

The young mother said she had been made to feel uncomfortable by the approach, before the meal was even finished.

She said: ‘Olivia had spilt a little bit on the floor – as babies do, so when the waitress came over, I apologised for the mess and she said it was fine and there was no need to worry about it.


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A spokesperson for the Antelope pub in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, said Ms Parry’s group offered to clean up the mess themselves but no offence was intended 

‘But when the manager came over to serve food to another table, I could see him looking at the floor by our table and said he would get a dustpan and brush for me to clean it up.

‘At first, I thought he was joking but he came over while I was still eating and put it on the table next to us, which I thought was really unhygienic and unnecessary.

‘Of course I would have cleaned it up myself, but after we had finished eating, not mid-way through our meal.

‘It wasn’t even that bad. It made me feel extremely uncomfortable, and it was as if they didn’t want us there.

‘It didn’t feel very child friendly at all.’

Mitchell & Butler, which runs the Antelope pub in Menai Bridge, said that the group had offered to clean up the mess. 

They added that the firm appreciated children can make a mess and didn’t mean to cause any offence.

A spokesman said: ‘During a recent visit the group offered to clear up the mess and therefore were provided with a dustpan and brush, placed behind where they were dining, to help with this.

‘We appreciate children do make mess when eating and at no point did we intend to cause any offence to the group.

‘We take pride in our business and obviously have to consider the needs of all our guests.

‘We had feedback at the time and afterwards on social media from other guests dining about the volume of mess on the floor.’ 

Ms Parry denied the claim she had offered to clean up, but said she would have done so anyway at the end of the meal.

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