A pair of adorable six-year-old’s enjoyed their first date together by themselves after a restaurant let them dine at their own table and served them juice in wine glasses.
Lovestruck Guy Parker asked his mum if he could take Verity Owen-Taylor out for a meal after meeting her just two months ago and labelling her his “one true love”.
Mum Gemma, 38, phoned around several restaurants until she could find one that would accommodate the strange request of hosting two primary school children.
The smitten pair were able to dine at The Shrewsbury Arms in Albrighton, Shrops., where staff let them order their own food and gave them Appletiser in wine glasses.
Verity had soup for a starter while Guy had nachos, they then both had fish and chips, followed by a dessert of ice cream during the two hour date.
Restaurant staff said Guy was the “perfect gentleman” and waiters helped the kids with the menu while Gemma kept an eye on them from a nearby table.
Verity said after their date: “I was nervous but he’s my one true love and my boyfriend.”
Guy initially wanted to have a dinner date with Verity at his home, on the condition that they were alone, but soon turned his attention to a swanky meal out.
Meanwhile, Verity has already asked her mum Katie, 36, to be her bridesmaid when the young lovebirds, of Cosford, Shrops., eventually tie the knot.
Before their evening out, Verity bought Guy sweets and a teddy bear holding a heart declaring “Guy and Verity 2022” while Guy bought his little girlfriend some roses.
Guy’s mum Gemma said: “Guy and Verity somehow got together in school, I was unaware of it at first.
“Originally he wanted her to come for tea but he wanted me and his dad to be in another room.
“He then said he wanted to take her out for a proper meal. It was so we could treat it like he had booked it, like he was an adult.
“He loves food and we go to restaurants a lot, we always eat out. He goes out with us all the time. We’ve always tried to bring him out with us.
“The date went well, they just chatted for the two hours. Kids eat really slow when there’s not an adult around.
“They ordered by themselves and the restaurant provided complimentary children’s wine too.
“The staff were really patient, they treated them with a lot of respect, and I think it was a good learning experience for them.”
Guy’s nanny and grandad Martin and Yvonne Riley even met in the same restaurant 40 years ago this year.
Mum-of-one Gemma, who works in the military, added: “It’s nice he’s sort of followed in his grandparent’s footsteps – even though he is obviously just six.
“He told me that Verity was his one true love and that she says the same about him.
“It must have been around January that they became friends, then it came to this, it’s very serious now.
“They see each other pretty much every day.”
Verity’s mum Katie Owen-Taylor, 36, a mother-of-three, added: “ Guy and Verity are good friends and she came home one day just saying he’s her boyfriend now.
“Verity is a proper princess type girl and in her words he is her ‘one true love’.
“She got him a teddy bear for their date and he bought roses – he knows how to treat a lady.
“They’re planning their second date over Easter, they’re going strong. She’s asked me to be her bridesmaid so its got very serious rather quick.
“She only started school in September but it was love at first site.
“We live on an RAF base and her dads in the Falkland’s, so she needs something, she needs a distraction
“It’s a little community, everyone is very close. The kids have brought the parents together. It’s quite adorable really.”
A post on The Shrewsbury Arms’ Facebook page revealed how they agreed to accommodate the youngsters as they didn’t want to “stand in the way of true love.”
It read: “So – a few weeks ago we had a very special request here at the Shrewsbury Arms.
“A very sweet little boy had asked his mum to call the Shrewsbury Arms and book a table for him and his girlfriend that he wanted to take for dinner.
“Nothing too unusual……but these little love birds were six.
“Guy’s mummy explained she would be close by and always supervising but did we mind them having their own table and ordering their own food?
“Of course we aren’t going to stand in the way of true love so we welcomed Guy and Verity on their very own dinner date.
“We can confirm he was the perfect gentleman and with a little help from our team with the menu, they had a wonderful dinner.”
The romantic pair are showing no signs of slowing down and are now planning a cinema date for the Easter half term.