SCHOOL’S OUT… TAKE THE KIDS OUT!
Tiny Table, founded by Nicola Wilson, is a brand new online guide for parents to discover family-friendly restaurants in London and beyond. From new openings across the capital to local hidden gems, each family-friendly eatery recommended has been visited by the Tiny Table family offering an honest helping hand for parents seeking out fuss-free dining with their families. Just in time for the summer holidays, Tiny Table’s Nicola highlights her pick of places to eat alfresco with the kids.*
*Not all restaurants featured accept The Restaurant Club card. Please check for details
Check out the sun-soaked pergola of Notting Hill’s neighbourhood gem – Pomona’s. Inspired by the ethos of Californian living, the flavours are fresh, bold and ingredients are sustainably sourced. With a dedicated kids menu, little ones can feast on roast chicken, broccoli and polenta chips and banana splits galore. Brunching is supremely good ranging from porridge with acai berries and wild mushrooms on toast with golden poached eggs to quinoa flecked with cucumber, peas, labneh and pomegranate and Pomona’s celebrated burger. Pressed juices, an array of Bellinis and caffeine kicks round off their breaky, brunch and lunch menu. Pomona’s has a great offer for Restaurant Club cardholders – click here for details
The Canteen sits in the converted bike shed of the old Rochelle School, looking out to the trees of Arnold Circus beyond, with outside tables for lovely days. Secluded from the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch, this sun trap is perfect for a post-amble with older kids. The lunchtime menu boasts seasonal dishes including a refreshing gazpacho, tomato panzanella, whole bream with fennel and kohlrabi and a sun-kissed apricot gallette & Jersey cream – divine decadence.
With panoramic views overlooking the Thames and a backdrop of London’s sleek skyline, Gordon Ramsay’s The Narrow restaurant is a handsome retreat from the city, within the city. Kids up to the age of 12 can tuck into Tilly Ramsay’s ‘Tilly’s Treats Menu’ for free all day, every day. Whether they choose to feast on Tilly’s slam dunk meatballs and pasta or a cracking quintessentially British fish and chips, the food doesn’t disappoint. There’s a sinfully good sticky toffee pud and Tilly’s Treats Kids Pack for craft loving little ones.
If a cuppa and light bite amongst the bougainvillea is the order of the day why not treat the kids to a charming afternoon at Petersham Nurseries Teahouse. With dishes inspired by the kitchen garden and a nod to British and Italian cuisine, the menu offers up everything from a cracking Montgomery’s cheddar quiche with garden salad to gluten free chocolate brownies and the lightest of light lemon and poppy see cakes. Seasonal fruit, dairy, egg-free and veggie options ensure that this menu is fit for all families.
This Thameside stalwart is a summertime joy. Nab a seat in the glorious riverside garden, planted out with endless herbs, salad and edible flowers, and you can your family can feast on the best Italian food this side of Florence. Primi plates of ravioli stuffed with buffalo ricotta, garden herbs & lemon zest and taglierini with cherry & marigold tomatoes and basil are the perfect size for smaller guests and the dreamy Gelati del River Cafe will set gleeful grins on tots for days – roasted almond and caramel are a winning combination. If you pick the Chocolate Nemesis, be warned – tiny nimble fingers will be a-pinching this stellar dessert!
Nicola’s pick of park cafes in the capital…
Coffee, cakes and light snacks at Lauderdale House
Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
British craft food at Victoria Park’s Pavilion Cafe
Victoria Park, Old Ford Rd, London E9 7DE
Avo-go brunches at Brockwell Park’s The Lido Cafe
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA
Mummy and mini afternoon teas at Urban Meadow Cafe
150 Bayswater, London, W2 4RT
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