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Family Restaurants

If you’re out and about over the school holidays or on a weekend, here’s our pick of child-friendly restaurants that have a little something for everyone…

It’s so easy these days to pick the right restaurant that suits your child’s age and maturity level. If your child is under 4, or is generally a shuffle bottom, it may be hard for your child to keep still for a long time. You probably want to choose family-style restaurants that offer wide booths, kids’ menus and a forgiving serving staff. Even so, you know your child! Bring small snacks in case the food takes a long time to come, carry your own crayons or book, and be prepared to go a stroll outside or round the restaurant while you wait!

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Avoiding peak times will ensure less time waiting for your order and as many restaurants have menus online, you can always save time by choosing before you go.

Look for places with a children’s menu where a bit of noise and mess is not frowned upon and impeccable behaviour isn’t expected. Some restaurant’s offer special family days, some offer crayons and colouring packs that are always a hit.

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If they’re old enough, let them order their own food, and keep it interesting by letting them order something they don’t usually eat at home.

There are great family restaurants all over the country and if you are having a day out with the children it’s a treat for lunch or a fun end to the day out.

The fun doesn’t have to start and end with food though. You can choose a venue where there’s something extra for when children just can’t face sitting at a table any longer. Many places have play areas, kids’ corners, or other things to entertain while you’re waiting for food.

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Rainforest Cafe family eating

Rainforest Cafe

At the Rainforest Cafe not only can you expect a great variety of good quality food, but you can be entertained and have a memorable day out. The kids will love the atmosphere created of an Amazonian rain forest complete with moving models of life-like animals, wildlife sounds and suitably entertaining menu along the rain forest theme. There are waterfalls, lightning, rain and real tropical fish to see. Close to the West End’s many theatres, shops and attractions, this family restaurant offers a two-course kids’ menu and activity packs for a small charge. More > 


family at giraffe

Giraffe

Casual eateries, such as Giraffe tend to offer good food without too much of a wait. Award-winning yet laid back, giraffe is the perfect place for family dining, welcoming staff, world music and a menu including fantastic breakfasts, legendary burgers, superfood salads & main courses from steak to ribs to grilled mojito chicken, cocktails, wines, smoothies & awesome coffee. More >


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Frankie & Benny’s

Another nationwide chain that is children-friendly is Frankie and Benny’s. For the kids up to the age of 11, Frankie & Benny’s have something for every taste and usually have a special offer with a main course, a dessert, refillable soft drink and fun activity pack with games and puzzles! What’s not to love! For something extra special they also offer make-your-own pizza parties. Your kids can become mini F&B chefs and create their own delicious pizzas, for just £7.75 each. More >