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Restaurant Reviews

Welcome to our child-friendly restaurants and hotel recommendations. Have you visited a good restaurant or stayed at a great hotel with your children recently? Whether you live in York or New York, Stockholm or Sydney, we would love to hear your recommendations. To add your review, please email editorial@contentedbaby.com.

Please note that any restaurant or hotel featured are not sponsored. These are personal recommendations by the members of Contentedbaby.com or the Contentedbaby.com team.

 

 
Restaurant Giraffe
Location/Branch 6 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London
Cuisine International Cuisine
Comments

"This place is always full families, children, babies, in fact anyone looking for a good value meal in a fun envirnoment. Toddlers and babies especially like the orange interior and the fun giraffes drawn on the boards. The service is great - I think the waitresses are only allowed to apply if they love children! There is also a children's menu, with a Kids Deal for £5.50 for a main + ice-cream + drink. Service is friendly and efficient. Food is freshly-prepared and delicious. Brunch on Sundays is manic, full of kids, balloons and their fun loving parents."

Sampled dishes
  • Japanese crisp fried tiger prawns, with lime-chilli dipping sauce
  • Vietnamese Yellow Chicken & Summer Squash curry, with organic brown basmati rice & lime pickled mango relish (yummy!)
  • Grilled pesto chicken burger with rocket pesto, tomato, lettuce, served with fries
  • Happy Endings: White chocolate &Toblerone cheesecake, iwth milky choc sauce (out of this world!!!)
  • Drinks : Freshly squeezed smoothies: my favourite is the Hippy Hippy Shake - mango, pineapple, passion fruit, banana & pomegranate juice, juices, beers, wine
Price £40 for 1 child and 2 adults
High Chairs Yes
Changing Facilities Yes
Other facilities Bottle Warming
Smoke Free Yes
Opening hours 9am - 11pm
Website www.giraffe.net
 

 
Restaurant The Pump Room
Location/Branch Ashby de la Zouch
Cuisine English Cuisine
Comments

"We visited The Pump Room in Ashby De La Zouch for Sunday lunch and there were other children there; they warmed our bottle and were very happy to accept families, baby changing also available. This is one of our favourite restaurants and the food is excellent."

Sample dishes  
Price  
High Chairs Yes
Changing Facilities Yes
Other facilities Bottle Warming
Smoke Free Non-smoking section
Opening hours  
Website www.thepumproom.co.uk
 

 
Restaurant Zizzi
Location/Branch  
Cuisine Italian/Pizza
Comments

I have found Zizzi restaurants to be really child friendly. The one in Colchester was really understanding when our littlest one was crying nearly the entire time throughout our meal and they didn't make us feel unwelcome or a nuisance. Zizzi in Ipswich, again, couldn't do enough for us and made us feel very welcome. They don't do child portions but were more than happy to accommodate us as much as they could.

Sample dishes
  • Pizza
  • Pasta
  • Salads
  • Various desserts
Price  
High Chairs Yes
Changing Facilities Yes
Other facilities Bottle Warming
Smoke Free Non-smoking section
Opening hours  
Website www.zizzi.co.uk
 

 
Restaurant Pizza Express
Location/Branch Derby, Bluewater
Cuisine Italian/Pizza
Comments

Review1: "We were not rushed at all, as I fed baby from a bottle after we had eaten and the staff were really friendly and polite"

Review2: "I've been there several times with both babes and each time has been great; they have a children's menu and seem well prepared for children"

Sample dishes
  • Pizza Margherita
  • Lasagne al Forno
  • Salads
  • Desserts (ice-cream for children)
Price  
High Chairs Yes
Changing Facilities Yes
Other facilities Bottle Warming
Smoke Free Non-smoking section
Opening hours Mon-Sun 11.30am - midnight
Website www.pizzaexpress.co.uk
 

 
Hotel The Westin Turnberry Resort
Location Ayrshire, Scotland
Baby Facilities
  • Wooden or travel cots on request (with bedding)
  • Sterilizer
  • Nappies on request
  • Swimming nappy (£2)
  • Rollaway beds
  • Bottle warmers
  • Jogging strollers
  • Bathroom footstools
  • Kid's Bathrobes and slippers
  • Pre-order dining for young children
  • Baby-sitting (£17.20 first hour, £5.20 after)
  • Thick curtains
  • Kid's club ("Westin Kid's club")
  • Gift for child/baby on arrival
Tariff From £185
Website

www.turnberry.co.uk/

 

 
Hotel The Ickworth
Location Bury St Edmunds, UK
Baby Facilities
  • Wooden or travel cots on request (with bedding)
  • Put-me-up beds for older children
  • Sterilizer
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Nappies on request
  • Nappy Bucket
  • Changing Mat
  • Baby-sitting
  • Baby-listening
  • Thick curtains or shutters
  • Children's club ("The Four Bear's Den")
Tariff From £180
Website

www.luxuryfamilyhotels.com/
the_ickworth_hotel.html

 

 
Hotel Sands Resort
Location Porth, Cornwall, UK
Baby Facilities
  • Wooden or travel cots on request
  • Bedrooms have separate sleeping areas for children
  • Other baby items available for hire
  • Black out curtains
  • Kettle
  • Children's club
  • Baby listening
Tariff From £42 pppn (min 4 nights), Under 2 years 15-25% rate, youngest child free
Website

www.sandsresort.co.uk

 

 
Hotel The Gleneagles Hotel
Location Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
Facilities
  • Wooden cots & bedding
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Sterilizer in room
Tariff  
Website www.gleneagles.com
 

 
Hotel Polmaily House
Location/Branch Drumnadrochit, Inverness
Overview

Consistently rated as one of the top family friendly hotels in Scotland, Polmaily House is a moderate sized  country house set in 20 acres of mixed gardens and woodland. The owners have a large family themselves and really understand how to make a hotel child friendly. As the hotel is quite small the service is remarkably attentive and your child gets one to one attention and treated like royalty the entire time!  Could not recommend anywhere as highly as this.

Facilities
  • Heated Indoor swimming pool
  • Large annexed childrens play den with childrens arts and crafts activities, plethora of toys and books, messy play areas etc
  • Baby listening service
  • Evening kids club for older children
  • Separate children's menu and dining room served at the earlier time of 5.30pm though children can dine with adults later should you require this
  • Cots provided
  • Family rooms
  • Fridge and microwave available for parents to use
  • Chef happy to make anything you request for your child
  • Backpacks available free of charge
  • Range of activities taking place throughout the day for your children
  • Outdoor toys, tennis courts, games, pony trekking, rabbits, parrots!
  • Sunbed
  • Video library, games library, books in the reading room
  • Chance to see Nessy!
  • New Garden Suites each equipped with fridge, mircowave and separate childrens room for three children
Tariff From £62 per person, Under 5's free
Website www.polmaily.co.uk
 

 
Hotel Moonfleet Manor
Location Weymouth, West Dorset, UK
Baby Facilities
  • Wooden or travel cots on request
  • Sterilizing facilities
  • Nappy bins in bedrooms
  • Baby-sitting (£6 per hour)
  • Baby-listening (free)
  • Dark curtains with additional liner if needed
  • Crèche ("The Den")
Tariff From £170
Website

www.luxuryfamilyhotels.com/
moonfleet_manor.html

 

 
Hotel Fowey Hall
Location Fowey, Cornwall, UK
Baby Facilities
  • Travel cot
  • Nappy bins in bedrooms
  • Changing mat
  • Rubber bathmat
  • Kettle
  • Steam Sterilizer
  • Food/Bottle Warmer
  • Pureèd Food on request
  • Mini Fridge
  • Baby-sitting
  • Baby-listening
  • Dark curtains with additional liner if needed
  • Crèche ("The Four Bears Den")
  • Children's meals
Tariff  
Website

www.luxuryfamilyhotels.com/
fowey_hall.html

 

 
Restaurant Wagamama
Location/Branch Putney High Street, London
Cuisine Japanese
Comments

At 5pm there was no wait, and there were a number of other children there, which was a good sign. The service was very good. They have special children's chopsticks, which were a lot of fun, and there is a nice children's menu. Service is fast and efficient. Food is freshly-prepared and delicious.

Sampled dishes
  • negima noodles (tender pieces of char-grilled chicken, served on soba noodles with a yakitori sauce)
  • chicken katsu (chicken fillet deep-fried in crispy breadcrumbs, served with white rice, shredded cucumber and a yakitori sauce)
  • chicken katsu curry (chicken fillet deep-fried in crispy breadcrumbs, served with a light curry sauce and Japanese style rice garnished with a combination of mixed leaves and red pickles
  • chicken kare lomen (a spicy soup made from lemongrass, coconut milk, shrimp paste, chillies, fresh ginger and galangal, served with ramen noodles garnished with char-grilled chicken, bean-sprouts, cucumber, lime and fresh coriander)
  • ebi gyoza (deep-fried dumplings filled with finely chopped king prawns, water chestnut and spinach, served with a chilli, garlic and soy sauce).
  • Drinks : Freshly pressed juices, selection of beers, wine
  • natural fruit ice-lollies
Price £60 for 3 children and 3 adults
High Chairs Yes
Changing Facilities Yes
Smoke Free Yes
Opening hours 12pm - 11pm
Website www.wagamama.com/locations.php
 

 
Restaurant Tootsies
Cuisine American
Location/Branch Putney Wharf, London
Comments

When you arrive with children, they immediately provide the children with a paper menu to draw on and provide crayons too.

They have a great children's menu. It is totally possible to avoid burgers and chips if you want to.
The price of the children's menu is £4.95, but that includes a drink and two scoops of ice-cream for dessert.

Delicious food. We will definitely go back.

Sampled dishes
  • Mains: Fish and chips (children)
  • Mains: Jalapeno burger
  • Mains: Thai Chicken burger
  • Desserts : Selection of Ice-creams with preferred toppings
  • Desserts : Waffle with butterscotch sauce and strawberries
  • Selection of juices for children, beers, wines by the glass
Price £65 for 3 children and 3 adults
High Chairs Yes
Changing Facilities Yes
Smoke Free Yes
Opening hours 12pm - 11pm
Website www.tootsiesrestaurants.co.uk/
tootsies_restaurants.htm
 

 
Restaurant Beanscene
Location/Branch Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, St Andrews
Comments

Fantastic chain of family friendly cafe's across Scotland. Leather sofas to lounge on, board games, newspapers and books aplenty, great music, freshly made sandwiches and pastries and laid back atmosphere where kids are welcomed. Recently started serving tapas, pizza and paella in the evenings.

Facilities
  • LOTS of highchairs
  • kitchen area for parents to use with sink
  • microwave for heating up baby food and boxes of kids toys and games
  • huge changing room with Pampers nappies and baby wipes available
  • Kiddies "Beanbags" available including sandwiches, fruit and soft drinks
  • Staff extremely helpful and friendly
Opening hours 7.30am -11pm
Website www.beanscene.com

 

 

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