Barefoot Books Storyteller's Cafe
Convivial company, delicious cuisine, and a relaxed and happy ambience where fellow diners smile with approval at your polite offspring and no ask is too much for the patient and attentive staff. All sound rather appetizing?
Well, if you choose the right establishment that’s exactly what you can expect.
Take The Storyteller’s Café in Oxford, winner of Best Family Restaurant in this year’s Junior Design Awards, which offers as menu of whimsical yet high quality dishes (Little Piggy bacon sandwich, anyone?) to suit all ages, and welcomes teeny diners with open arms. There’s also a cosy corner that hosts storytelling sessions twice a day, as well as a plethora of picture books from publisher owner Barefoot Books to peruse – and no one minds if they get bashed up (or smeared by sticky fingers). It was this imaginative and accommodating approach that has earned the café our top accolade for the second year on the trot – and for good reason.
“The place parents choose needs to be welcoming,” says manager Izzie Martin. “It should allow children to enjoy the experience of sharing food and chatter, making new friends and learning about what they eat. Once eating and sharing is fun, the confidence and the pleasure it gives you becomes part of your family’s own story and culture.”
For the perfect meal, Izzie recommends that old classic spaghetti bolognaise – “From little ones wielding a tiny, plastic fork, to grandparents enjoying a hearty lunch, this is a dish for everyone” – while the café’s homemade macaroni cheese (“with hidden cauliflower!”) and pizzas should tempt even the fussiest eaters.