Surprisingly family-friendly restaurants for the summer holidays
Kids on their summer holidays? That shouldn’t mean forgoing your favourite restaurant. Stacey Smith suggests these three (somewhat surprising) family-friendly restaurants that will welcome your little ones with open arms…
Sticks’n’Sushi (Various Locations)
Rather than dumbing-down their menu, they’ve created kid-friendly bento boxes containing both sticks and sushi alongside rice, vegetables and edamame, served with a glass of milk, organic elderflower or apple juice and a complimentary chocolate fish. Some restaurants also offer sushi making classes if you really want to get their hands dirty. They also make it easy for families to visit, offering high chairs, baby change facilities and fully-accessible restaurants.
York & Albany (Camden)
Located a short distance from London Zoo and Regent’s Park, the children’s menu at Gordon Ramsay’s all-day restaurant is inspired by his daughter Tilly’s Kitchen Takeover. Choose from slam dunk meatballs, or margherita pizzettas cooked in the outdoor wood burning oven or, if you take afternoon tea, they’ll make a mini version. The best bit? Kids under 12 eat free all day, every day when an adult orders from the a la carte menu. Bargain! Just hope Ramsay keeps his potty mouth in check…
Kids will love building their own tacos from an array of healthy ingredients or, if you can’t bear the thought of getting guac out of their hair for the rest of the day, play it safe with a toasted quesadilla sandwich. Priced at £5.50, it includes either apple or orange fizz (not the kind you’ll order!), home-made hibiscus cordial or a glass of milk. Six branches house a ‘Flying Eye Books Little Library’, where youngsters of all ages are encouraged to borrow and read beautifully designed award-winning books.