TV food critic Prue Leith has urged pubs to serve hot lunches to schoolchildren to fight the recession.Not some of the pubs I’ve eaten in!
She said providing school meals would help pubs fend off closure and improve the quality of meals for pupils at schools with no catering facilities.
Writing in the Campaign for Real Ale magazine 'Beer', Miss Leith said: 'Many schools don't have kitchens or dining rooms so children have to sit in their classrooms or the playground.So what? Perhaps those ‘old codgers’ like it that way, and the landlord is happy to have them as customers, because they may not spend much, but at least he knows they won’t trash the place?
'Many pubs are empty miserable places at lunchtime, with a couple of old codgers supping their pints in silence in the gloomiest corner.
And if they are both happy, who the hell are you to tell them they must change?
'Having a troop of children in the pub would liven the place up no end, make a contribution to costs and solve a huge problem for the school.Because they don’t serve those in pubs, I suppose…?
'Children will learn how to use a knife and fork, talk to each other over a meal and widen their palate beyond pizza and chips.'
And I’ve been to pubs ‘livened up’ by children. But I haven’t been back since…