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Top menus for tots

Who says toddlers and fine dining don't mix? This selection of elegant eateries offers a wealth of venues where children can perfect their table manners


Posted: 20 April 2010


Top menus for tots
Acorn House
Eco-friendly restaurant; chef Arthur Potts Dawson will adapt the adult menu for children. 69 Swinton Street, London WC1X 9NT. Tel: 020 7812 1842; www.acornhouserestaurant.com

Belgo
Belgian, with Mini Belgo menu; two children eat free for each adult having a main course. 50 Earlham St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9LJ. Tel: 020 7813 2233; 72 Chalk Farm Road, Chalk Farm, London NW1 8AN. Tel: 020 7267 0718; www.belgo-restaurants.co.uk

Boxwood Café
One Gordon Ramsay restaurant where children are welcome. Children’s menu at weekends. The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7R. Tel: 020 7235 1010; www.gordonramsey.com

Bordeaux Quay
Families can eat seasonal food together at Barny Haughton’s organic restaurant. Canon’s way, Harbourside, Bristol BU1 5SH. Tel: 0117 943 1200; www.bordeaux-quay.co.uk

Fifteen Cornwall
Welcomes babies and children at breakfast and lunch, when there’s a children’s menu: evenings, seven- to 12-year-olds can also eat at 7pm; over-12s, anytime. Watergate Bay, Cornwall TR8 4AA. Tel: 01637 861000; www.fifteencornwall.co.uk

Frankie's Italian Bar and Grill
Glam restaurant co-owned by jockey Frankie Dettori and Marco Pierre White. Children can order from the main menu at half price or choose from their own menu. Four branches in London; visit www.frankiesitalianbarandgrill.com

Hendersons
This relaxed, family-run restaurant serves seasonal, local and organic vegetarian food. Small portions of all dishes can be ordered. 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR. Tel: 0131 225 2131; www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk

Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons
Has had a children’s menu since it opened 22 years ago, and Raymond Blanc’s three-course menu (£18) is a must-have. For babies, fresh organic vegetable purées can be cooked. Church Road, Great Milton, Oxford OX44 7PD. Tel: 0871 332 9003; www.manoir.com

Locanda Locatelli
Swanky place but with unfussy Northern Italian cooking: lots of hand-made egg-free pasta and yummy puddings. For families, weekend lunch is best. 8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ. Tel: 020 7935 9088; www.locandalocatelli.com

Top menus for tots
Rainforest Café
No-smoking policy; not exactly haute cuisine but gluten-, dairy-free and organic options. 20 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EU. Tel: 020 7434 3111; www.rainforestcafe.co.uk

River Cottage
Eat, talk and learn about food. River Cottage HQ, Bridport, Dorset. Tel: 01297 630302; www.rivercottage.net

Roussillon
On two Wednesdays a month, children get to eat free from the seven-course taster menu. 16 St Barnabas St, Pimlico, London SW1W 8PE. Tel: 020 7730 5550; www.rousillon.co.uk

Tamarind
Michelin-starred Indian restaurant with complementary three-course children’s menu on Sundays. 20 Queen Street, London W1J 5PR. Tel: 020 7629 3561; www.tamarindrestaurant.com

Terre a Terre
Hip vegetarian restaurant with a children’s menu. Toybox, crayons, nappies and free organic baby food. 71 East Street, Brighton BN1 1HQ. Tel: 01273 729051; www.terreaterre.co.uk

The Fat Duck
Heston Blumenthal likes children to try his weird and wonderful menu. Three Michelin stars. High Street, Bray, Berkshire SL6 2AQ. Tel: 01628 580333; www.fatduck.co.uk

The Ivy
Non-smoking, glamorous but laid-back. Weekend lunch menu has simple food; children can order smaller portions. 1–5 West Street, London WC2H 9NQ. Tel: 020 7836 4751; www.the-ivy.co.uk

The Olive Press
Five branches across the North West, owned by Michelin-starred chef Paul Heathcote. Children can make their own pizza. For every children’s meal sold, 25p is donated to Childline. For branch details, visit www.heathcotes.co.uk/olivepress

The Star Inn
Michelin-starred ‘local’ with rooms. Locally sourced food. Children choose small portions off the main menu, or chef-proprietor Andrew Pern will cook a dish for them. Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire Y062 5JE. Tel: 01439 770397; www.thestaratharome.co.uk

The Yew Tree
Marco Pierre White’s atmospheric Inn with rooms. Offers smaller portions for children off the main menu. Hollington Cross, Andover Road, Highclere, Nr Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9SE. Tel: 01635 253360; www.theyewtree.net

The Wolseley
Grand Viennese-style restaurant; smaller portions from the all-day menu go down well. Great milkshakes. 160 Picadilly, London W1J 9EB. Tel: 020 7499 6996; www.thewolseley.com

Villandry
Annabel Karmel has produced a lovely menu for babies and young children (puréed or mashed fish, chicken and vegetables). 170 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QB. Tel: 020 7631 3131; www.villandry.com


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