Here’s our quick guide to the top family restaurants to visit this summer, without having to set foot in the Rainforest Cafe or a Planet Hollywood. These places guarantee top-notch food and service , and are brilliant places to spend an evening or afternoon with the family stress free.
Roast, London Bridge
Roast is my favourite place for a long lunch with the family. Escape the bustle of Borough Market and soak up the Sunday lunch sophistication of Roast. I say Sunday lunch sophistication because Roast brings the air of elegance but doesn’t judge you for turning up in something casual. Brilliantly bright dining room and table cloths, best roast dinners in town.
The Fox & Pheasant, Chelsea
A country pub tucked in a corner of Chelsea is how James Blunt’s Fox & Pheasant defines itself. It has the outward appearance of a pokey place, but the warming wooden interiors and the ability to sneak out into an olive-tree filled conservatory makes the place spacious and refreshing. Of a weekday evening, it’s filled with local friends and families. They’re serving up pub classics everyday, brunch at weekends, and roasts on Sunday (excellent mash too).
Soane’s Kitchen, Ealing
With its neighbourhood location, Soane’s Kitchen is super welcoming to families and only opened in July. Named after British architect Sir John Soane, who built the Pitzhanger Manor where the restaurant/cafe is located, considers itself a country retreat for west Londoners. Soane’s Kitchen is the next step for the catering company Social Pantry and offers light and comforting seasonal dishes. Think burratta with broad beans, seabass and confit tomatoes, and Bavette steak with carrot top pesto. SK offer super simple kids options including fish and chips, chicken and potatoes, and cheesy tomato pasta, followed by ice cream and fresh fruit. The Kitchen will be hosting regular events, talks and workshops.
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Caravan has unveiled its fourth London location in Fitzrovia this summer offering all-day dining and craft coffee, as well as a new ‘Caravan-To-Go’ concept, which will welcome an in-house sourdough bakery and croissanterie to the restaurant space. We’re already huge advocates of Caravan for family brunch, thanks to them being super accomodating with the little ones; the kitchen team offer half portions for children, as well as high chair and buggy facilities. The all-day dining menu is globally-inspired and comprises of healthy, plant-fuelled and fermented offerings.
Cantina Laredo, Covent Garden
Cantina Laredo is a dedicated guacamole and tequila bar. It’s also a modern Mexican restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden that has an informal family dining feel. Choose from the ‘great eight guacs’ and chase those up with tacos, enchildadas, or steak. When it comes to the children, Cantina believes “almost every kid we know has a special place in their hearts for quesadillas and fajitas”. That’s why there’s an ace kids’ menu made up of pulled pork, marinated chicken, and mushroom fajitas, tortillas, and quesadillas.
The iconic London restaurant on the King’s Road is one of those places you have to visit at least once. Its dreamy interiors and signature dishes make Bluebird a relaxed place for friends and families. The restaurant offers comforting dishes, including lobster spaghetti, Cornish code, spiced roasted baby chicken and salt marsh lamb shoulder. The cafe and courtyard offer are more informal dining option with breakfast pastries and juices, salads, bbq dishes and British classics. Bluebird frequently host kids’ activities, so do keep checking the website for more info.
Sky Garden’s Darwin Brasserie, The City
Sky Garden is a brilliant place for a day out in the city. The food is gastro-pub grub, for both children and adults. The food is gastro pub grub for both children and adults. You’ll get lamp rump, sirloin steak, Caesar salad, and roast fish. The kids’ menu, complete with colouring page and word-search, is a new addition to Darwin. For the kids: beef burgers, roast chicken, and penne pasta, followed by ice cream. Everyone is content.
Tish, Belsize Park
We were super excited to hear about the opening of this kosher restaurant and bar last month. Large plates include crispy duck leg, rib eye steak, and smoked haddock, while small plates are also an option and include Tish meatballs, beef sliders and mini bagels. For the little ones, there are sandwich options, as well as farfelle and fish goujons available. It has a beautiful dining room and a brilliant al fresco terrace. What’re you waiting for?
Four Degree, Vauxhall
We love a bit of fusion food and that’s why we love the fusion of Japanese and European cuisine taking place at Four Degree. With divine light sculptures designed by Tom Dixon and a floral installation from Larry Walsh, I could almost forget to mention the food. Let’s talk about Wagyu sirloin in ponzu sauce, a sushi selection (with more Wagyu) and pan-seared fois-gras teriyaki. The restaurant welcomes children with a kids’ menu of sea bass tempura and mash or yaki niku with crispy sweet potato.
Radici is Italian for roots, so it wasn’t surprising to discover that all of the dishes are inspired by Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei’s Southern-Italian heritage. (Unless, like me, you assumed it meant ‘radishes’..). Radici has a whole host of fresh and seasonal dishes and drinks in time for summer. The menu is made up of antipasti, pizza, salads and primi & secondi with tagliolini with peas & broad beans, fish stew with n’duja, clams & mussels, and Siciliana pizza with aubergine & smoked ricotta sounding like very popular choices. The Bambini menu has the children sorted too with small portions of Italian classics, including penne al pomodoro, chicken Milanese, and cod Bastonicini.
Throughout the day, 28-50 is a brilliant family hangout. For a chilled family lunch, away from the bustle of kid-friendly chains, 28-50 offers a fine wining and dining experience for adults alongside accommodating options for when you have the children in tow. The children’s menu offers healthy choices of pumpkin soup, chicken salad, tomato pasta, as well as all-round burger and fish & chip favourites. The standard menu comprises of rich dishes of foie gras and scallops on the starters, while native lobster and pork jowl make up the mains.
Southern French cooking over a charcoal fire is what Sardine is all about. The French-style resto sources the best British and European ingredients and whips them together in ingredient-led cooking over an indoor charcoal-fired grill. Menu comprises of typical grilling far: sardines, leg of lamb, onglet steak, girolles, and trout. Opt for family sharing plates to a brilliant French feast (let them know upon booking that you’re choosing les plats familiaux).