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Five Top Family Friendly Restaurants: UK
Some few years ago, there were only a number of child-friendly restaurants in the country. Things have now changed and today, quite a few independent restaurants and chains are actively catering to the family market. I have selected five of my favourite child-friendly restaurants in the UK.
The Blue Kangaroo, London
Blue Kangaroo is designed with children as well as adults in mind. It offers a unique venue providing healthy food and entertainment in a relaxed atmosphere for the whole family.
This central London restaurant has become popular because of its integral downstairs play zone. Parents can choose to eat there or in the restaurant which has a big screen with live link to the play area.
Most importantly, the food is organic, fresh and appealing to kids.
Children can join their parents for a meal in the restaurant or they can run riot in the play zone downstairs whilst being watched on the big screen in the restaurant linked to the play area. This leaves their parents to relax and enjoy a 'quieter' meal.
The Kings Road, Chelsea, London
Tel : + 44 (0) 20 7371 7622
Average Price: £7.50 for a main course and drink
The Giraffe, London
Voted Best for kids in the 2005 Observer food monthly Awards.
This restaurant appeals to families as well as to the young and childless.
Kids get balloons, grown-ups get rewarded with well-executed eclectic dishes at this healthy and well organised place to dine. It definitely serves imaginative dishes that reveal international flavours. Its cheerful staff and world music add a welcome touch.
29-31 Essex Road, London N1 2SA (Available at other locations around London)
Tel: +44 (0) 207 359 5999
Average Price: £7.99
Momma Cheri’s Soul Food Shack, Brighton.
A Brighton landmark, Momma Cheri’s offers soul food and sustenance to families on holiday. There’s a separate kids menu with the usual children fare. The Junior Soul Burger and all plates come with a small salad, fruit and corn on the cob.
Portions are humungous: Starve yourself before a visit!
11 Little East Street, Brighton.
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 774545
Average Price: £5.50 (before 6pm) £6.50 after www.mommacheri.co.uk
King’s Head, Letheringsett – Norfolk
Winner of countless awards, this Norfolk pub has a massive garden complete with child-sized Norman castle and toddler toys. There’s an extensive children’s menu complete with jam sandwiches and homemade baby food. There is an indoor playroom with snooker and table football, useful during wet days.
This restaurant caters to special diets from gluten-free to diabetic. Dietary needs are a speciality. They also encourage customers to phone and request personalised recipes and dishes.
Cromer Road, Letheringsett, North Norfolk
Tel: + 44 (0) 1263 712 691 i
Average Prices: £5.50
The Bridge Inn, Ratho – Scotland
One of Scotland’s most popular pubs for family-friendliness, The Bridge Inn has an extensive children’s menu balancing pizza and cheeseburgers with corn-on-the-cob and melon cocktail. There are child-changing facilities, highchairs and an outdoors playground.
The Bridge Inn Ratho - Edinburgh Canal Centre
Tel: + 44 ( 0) 131-333-1320
Average Prices: £5.00
Claudia Foleng-Achunche (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Author of Tasty and Exotic Foods – an exotic blend of West African mouthwatering cuisine for the 21 st century.