Water should be on tap at restaurants

Gip Dammone from Salvos Italian Restaurant in Leeds.

Gip Dammone from Salvos Italian Restaurant in Leeds.

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RESTAURANTS should not wait for families to ask for tap water but offer it freely to help fight child obesity, according to new research.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils, said restaurateurs should “take responsibility” and offer tap water so children have an alternative to a sugary drink.

But one leading Leeds restaurateur said he already made sure tap water was freely and openly available and suggested parents should be able to take responsibility and ask for it themselves.

Gip Dammone, who runs Salvo’s Italian restaurant, said: “It’s very easy to say can I have some tap water.”

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