Sheffield Indian restaurant and customer in stoush over breastfeeding claims

Hermione Hollis-Leick says she was thrown out of a restaurant for asking to breastfeed baby Maya
Hermione Hollis-Leick says she was thrown out of a restaurant for asking to breastfeed baby Maya
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A Sheffield woman has claimed she was thrown out of a Sheffield restaurant after inquiring about breastfeeding her baby, in events the establishment have labelled 'a total lie'.

Hermione Hollis-Leck said staff at Alma Indian Brasserie at Dore told her to leave when she asked about feeding two-week-old baby Maya on Saturday.

The Arbourthorne woman wanted to feed the infant in the toilets of the eatery on High Street, and was granted permission, before the waiter 'changed his mind' and asked her to leave.

The 28-year-old said she was thrown out, with staff saying the premises weren't 'child-friendly', and that she was forced to feed the infant in the nearby Dore Methodist Church yard.

The restaurant manager has disputed Ms Hollis-Leick's version of events, saying breast feeding 'wasn't even mentioned' in the incident, which happened about 6pm.

Ala Uddin said staff noticed Ms Hollis-Leick had a child, and asked to be mindful of the other customers, after experiencing trouble with children on previous occasions.

"The lady came in, and told us there was a reservation of five, at which point, we said 'that's fine'," he said.

Mr Uddin said that Ms Hollis-Leick was asked 'with the utmost respect', that she made sure she was mindful of the other customers.

He said the woman's breastfeeding claims were 'a total lie' and a 'fabrication'.

"We would never do that," Mr Uddin said.

He said she was asked to leave when she, and her father and sister, caused a ruckus.

Ms Hollis-Leick was due to meet family at the restaurant, and celebrate Maya's birth.

Family had travelled from Northern Ireland and Plymouth.

Ms Hollis-Leck, 28, said the family were once regulars at the restaurant.

"It would be like a Friday night treat for us," she said.

"Every time we had something to celebrate, we'd go there."

Mr Uddin said the 20-year history of the restaurant spoke for itself.

"We're a place built on our reputation," he said.

"To be going 20-plus years, you've got to have a high level of customer service."