Thursday, 5 August 2010

family-friendly restaurants: london

I love to eat out, but with kids it doesn't always translate into the peaceful indulgence I'm expecting...  Luckily, the July issue of Waitrose Kitchen featured an article about dining with children. They shared some of the top family-friendly restaurants in the UK, including a number of London eateries that I've listed below. I particularly want to try the first two. Have you visited these restaurants? Do you have a favourite family restaurant? Would love to hear your tips!

  • Caffe Caldesi: "...children are greeted with gusto... there is no special kids' menu just plenty of family-friendly dishes." (Caldesi also offers children's cookery courses.)
  • Le Cafe Anglais: "The Sunday set-lunch recently featured a children's special created by a young customer... Throughout the week, a children's menu combines favourites from the a la carte menu... with more dishes that kids will love..."
  • Browns Bar & Brasserie: "Until 26 August, children will get a free meal for every adult main course purchased at 11 of the 14 branches nationwide."
  • Leon: "All kids' meals come with rice and peas, a small lemonade or blackcurrant quencher, badge sticker and activity sheet. Eight London branches."
  • Quo Vadis: "... on Sundays, entertainers Sharky and George will amuse little ones in the private dining room with a snack lunch and a host of activities from movie-making to circus classes, while the grown ups kick back downstairs with a roast lunch."
  • Carluccio: "The people behind this Italian chain understand that when it comes to feeding little ones, speed is everything.... crayons and activity sheets help make the time fly."
*From the article "Minor Diners", Waitrose Kitchen, July 2010, p82 (written by Amber Dalton). Photo via Waitrose Kitchen.
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