The cafe’s Facebook page is littered with posts from mothers who say they felt unwelcome.
But owner Eileen Potter has defended her actions, saying the cafe “is not a family establishment”. Lidia Kettenis, 37, from Chingford, visited the cafe on Wednesday with her son Stefanos, three, and described her experience as “absolutely disgusting” .
According to Ms Kettenis, a full-time mother of three, Ms Potter ordered her son not to touch anything.OH MY GOD! CUE THE OUTRAGE!!!
Ms Kettenis said: “It’s not a bar or a club - it’s a tea shop, for goodness’ sake! I felt so uncomfortable.
“I have been to many coffee shops in my time and never been treated this badly. She told me children are not welcome in the shop.”Children whose mothers let them run riot while they gossip on their phones probably aren’t, no.
Good luck to ‘em!
Ms Potter said she had spoken to Stefanos in a reasonable way. “I asked him not to dismantle our letterbox or the salt and pepper on the glass table-top,” she said. “I asked him very nicely.”If only his mother did the same, and gave the sticky-fingered little urchin a clip round the ear when he disobeyed…