Winning tip: Axminster, Devon
Holidaying in Dorset two years in the past, we hopped throughout the county line to the River Cottage Kitchen and Deli in Axminster. The brilliant, ethereal eating room amply accommodated the racket and mess that accompanied our household of 4 and we loved a good meal. What stood out was how accommodating they have been of our daughter’s extreme allergy symptoms – to dairy, eggs and peanuts. Despite these restrictions, she was served a full three-courses with out the compromises to which we have turn into accustomed. A dairy- and egg-free chocolate brownie was a deal with not often found exterior our personal kitchen.
We repeatedly go to Owd Nell’s at Billsborrow as a household. It’s super-friendly, affordable and caters for youths and canines. On a reasonably stretch of canal between Preston and Garstang, near the M6 junction for Blackpool, it’s great exterior in summer time and, with a roaring fireplace, cosy indoors in winter. Kids meals value from £2 to £5, grownup mains from £9 to £17. It serves enormous parts, and there’s common free leisure, like a balloon animal man who makes his means from desk to desk, and owl shows. In season, mom geese potter across the grounds with their ducklings, which the youngsters love. You can keep the night time in one of many rooms of their thatched hamlet (from £55).
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Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
The Red Hart Inn has a fab play space, appropriate for all ages, together with a paddling pool in summer time. It supplies youngsters’s actions at school holidays reminiscent of Easter egg portray, rock portray and letters to Santa. The youngsters’s menu is primary (£5.50 for principal course) however they’ve all the time been completely happy to supply a smaller portion of the principle menu once I’ve requested. It serves youngsters good pastas, pizza, frivolously battered plaice goujons (all £5.50) and for toddlers, mini plates of tacky mash and beans for simply £2.50. Dishes are adaptable with seasonal veg added the place requested and employees have all the time been completely happy to present an additional plate for sharing. The place is admittedly household – and canine –pleasant.
Pizzatipi in Cardigan, west Wales, is a superb place to chill out. In a courtyard overlooking the Teifi estuary are two fireplace pits, lined by a big cover. Families sit at wood benches within the sunshine or across the fireplace on chillier evenings. There’s loads of house for youngsters to play safely, and adults to speak. The stone-baked pizzas are throughout £10, utilizing native substances, together with focaccia, olives and brownies. It additionally serves Welsh craft beers, wine and native gin. Does nice espresso too.
West End, Glasgow
The Dumpling Monkey in Glasgow is a superb spot to take the youngsters. The handmade dumplings (£5 for bowl of 10 – vegetarian choices and selection of fillings) are a should, and the youngsters notably benefit from the self-service strategy with chopsticks, little bowls and having the ability to use their very own dips. The employees are very useful, it has excessive chairs/change services and the service is quick.
Although hipster Whitstable attracts the crowds, neighbouring Tankerton is not any much less inviting. It boasts an attractive spot that the little ones can name a den of their very own. On the High Street, the Bears Trading Company beckons with toy bears of all sizes and persuasions. The cafe brims with whimsy, from its cheeky playing cards and wall hangings, scrumptious ice-creams, muffins and shakes, a small however tasty home-style savoury menu (fish finger sandwiches, ploughman’s lunch, soups) and a surprisingly spacious inside, with a reasonably patio in again. The pleasant, useful employees welcome all ages, and canines. Prices vary from £2 for a bit of cake to round £5 for sandwiches.
The Jolly Fisherman was an excellent discover throughout a latest holiday. The employees within the eating room overlooking the ocean have been so welcoming and useful once we arrived with a one-year-old. Although there’s not a youngsters’s menu, they are going to do half- parts of all their principal meals and have been more than pleased to create a meal that our son would eat. The meals is great, with a number of regionally sourced produce on the menu so the adults got here away as well-fed as the kids. Evening mains from £12-£18, lunch sandwiches/soup from £5.95, mains from £7.95.
A the Clachaig Inn , the meals is heavenly, the views are gorgeous and there’s an excellent space for the kids to play exterior. Local substances are used and the standard, at any time when I’ve been, is great. Staff seem very conscious of allergy symptoms, so you already know you’re in protected arms. There’s not solely the everyday youngsters’s menu, but additionally a vegetarian youngsters’s menu and youngsters’s desserts. The pub is dog-friendly (that features the bedrooms), which is sweet to know in case you are travelling with the whole household.
Wessex Downs, Berkshire
Saddleback Farm Café, between Wantage and Newbury, is on the fantastic North Wessex Downs. Sunday brunch is a specific favorite with our younger boys. The cafe’s Piglets menu makes use of the identical native, recent produce because the adults, no compromises, whereas the muffins and biscuits produced on the Aga are liked by all generations. The exterior play space, with ride-on miniature tractors, is an enormous draw. Welcoming, affected person employees typically present a free drink for breastfeeding mums and may recommend buggy-friendly walks from the door, maybe to satisfy deer and partridges. The cafe hosts common household occasions all year long.
Southbank Centre, London
Families headed to London’s South Bank don’t want to limit themselves to one in every of its many chain eating places. Instead, decide one thing up from the Southbank Centre Food Market, on Belvedere Road behind Royal Festival Hall, which has dishes from everywhere in the world. Then head to the Southbank Centre and the river: there’s all the time one thing fascinating for youths to see – fountains, boats on the crusing by, reside music – and there are many tables to sit down at. At weekends there are usually a great deal of children working round and customarily having a ball within the downstairs stage space of the Royal Festival Hall. There’s even a raise instantly as much as the corridor from the market for households with buggies. Lunch dishes on the market begin from round £5.