Looking for somewhere you can take the kids for a meal in London where they’ll be fussed over rather than frowned at, or simply want to eat out with the family but avoid the fast food joints?
We’ve pinpointed five places that aim to offer a dining experience that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.
Babylon Restaurant – Kensington High Street
The ultimate in smart sophisticated dining, Babylon’s roof terrace restaurant is 100 feet above Kensington High Street, offering panoramic views of the city beyond. It probably wouldn’t be the first restaurant that parents would think of when heading out with their children, but Babylon caters especially for its young visitors by offering an inviting ‘Young Diner’s Menu’, which is geared towards the palates of children, without resorting to pizza and chips. With two courses for £6 or three courses for £8, youngsters who prefer this menu can choose from dishes such as salmon fish fingers with new potatoes or chips, or linguini pasta, whilst the main menu overflows with mouthwatering dishes such as roast Gressingham duck with creamed savoy cabbage and baked fillet of Loch Duart salmon with buttered curly kale.
With restaurants in both South Kensingon and Notting Hill Bumpkin restaurants focus on good home from home style British cooking, served in a relaxed environment with a touch of rustic charm. Their special children’s menu has a good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, designed to tempt children to eat and enjoy, whilst using wholesome ingredients. Examples include organic chicken breast with a tarragon potato cake, macaroni cheese with summer beans and bangers and mash with onion gravy. Adults fare well too, with an inspired choice of great British classics such as roast Cornish monkfish with baby grilled vegetables & lemon dressing, roast rack of Elwy Valley lamb with stovies, broad beans & mint and a salad of heritage tomato, roast beetroot & soft goat’s cheese.
With four locations in London and others outside the capital, Fire & Stone is a snazzy and stylish pizza specialist, with all pizzas made fresh on site in their huge wood fired ovens. It’s just the place to take the kids for pizza, whilst satisfying adult culinary cravings at the same time. For £4.95 the kids can build their own pizza, tuck into a bowl of pasta or nibble at a platter of anti pasti and their soft drink and ice cream pudding is part of the deal too. The grown ups meanwhile, are enticed with all manner of pizzas from the Koh Samui with coconut curry sauce and roast sweet potato to the Sydney with crisp oven roast smoked bacon.
This is the place to head to for a burger treat without restorting to the fast food chains. Sticky Fingers is co-owned by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and is awash with a showcase of rock and roll memorabilia and renowned for its award-winning burgers. As well as burgers, they also have a good range of other North American and Mexican favourites, from steak to spare ribs, which will cause the inevitable sticky fingers …