As a parent of young children, you may have resigned yourself to the fact that relaxed Saturday morning brunches and long lazy Sunday lunches are out of the question. Instead you envisage years of having to shovel your food down as quick as possible whilst simultaneously feeding, entertaining and cleaning up after your children. Well we have some great news for you! The Kids’ Table is a brilliant new concept being rolled out in London pubs and restaurants, which is set to revolutionise family dining.
Founder and mother of two Sarah Frow was struggling to find places where children and adults could have an equally enjoyable experience. She says “We were forever having to cut our lunches short because the little ones were bored…The Kids’ Table means that parents can enjoy adult environments while the kids have a ball – everyone’s happy!”
So, what is it? The Kids’ Table are a team of professional childcarers who bring a pop up ‘children’s corner’ to the restaurant. They amuse your little ones (ages 3 to 10) with fab themed activities from crafts to face painting, whilst you enjoy your lunch in peace. The Kids’ Table is free and operated on a first come, first served basis.
When is it? The Kids’ Table is popping up at venues all over London and Surrey on selected dates in the next few months, usually on Saturday or Sunday lunchtimes.
Who’s involved? Current participants include swanky steakhouse Smith and Wollensky in Covent Garden, the cosy Prince of Wales pub in Highgate, brunch hotspot MOMMI in Clapham and new addition Percy and Founders, which is minutes away from Oxford Circus. Read our reviews of them below. And for a full list of locations, including Fuller’s Pubs and Boxpark Wembley, visit The Kids’ Table Website. Happy brunching!
Serving an eclectic mix of Peruvian and Japanese inspired cuisine, MOMMI has become a firm favourite with brunch-loving Londoners. There’s loads of vegan choices, alongside flavourful dishes like Avo Fish Tacos, Miso Glazed Salmon and Beef Tataki. Their Sundays roasts are legendary too, featuring 24 hour Slow Roasted Suckling Pig or Spatchcock Chicken.
Prince of Wales, Highgate
This popular neighbourhood pub is the perfect spot for a cosy Saturday Lunch. The comfy leather armchairs and roaring fire beckon you in after a blustery winter walk on Hampstead Heath. A great place for families, there’s also a beer garden for the summer months. Tuck into classic pub grub like a ploughmans or loaded fries, or just enjoy a pint of cask ale while you read the papers. If you’re after more child-friendly London pubs, check out our list here.
Smith & Wollensky, Covent Garden
Slap bang in the centre of town, you’ll find the first UK branch of this famed New York steakhouse, which serves prime dry aged steaks, classic cocktails and fine wines in a glamorous setting. The interiors are totally instagrammable, especially the beautiful bar pictured below. Not exactly a place you’d think you could take the kids, right? But with The Kids’ Table entertainers on hand, you’ll have plenty of time to sip a cocktail and enjoy a leisurely lunch, just like the old days!
As you might have guessed, steak is the main attraction here, and it really is superlative. All the meat is butchered on site, so you’re guaranteed incredible freshness. It’s not all beef though – there’s yellowfin tuna, beetroot wellington or a classic waldorf salad, if you fancy something lighter. The weekend brunch menu features eggs in many forms, buttermilk pancakes or healthy smashed avocado on sourdough, all washed down with a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. So… who’s making the booking?
Percy and Founders, Oxford Circus
Last but not least, every weekend starting Saturday 16th November until Sunday 8th December between 12 and 3pm, the Kids’ Table will entertain your kids at this restaurant in Fitzrovia. Percy and Founders has a great weekend brunch and of course the traditional Sunday roast. Finally, we love the Kitchen Tables close by the open kitchen. And also the beautiful reading room with its contemporary style.
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