Sunday Lunch with all the family!
Finding a restaurant where a family,
friends and kids can all go and have
a great time is never easy, particularly
in England, where the restaurant culture
has always been geared to sophistication
and grown ups. Now Sundays are being
rediscovered as family days - thanks
to a number of restaurants who not only
welcome children of all ages, but in
many cases entertain them too!
Here's Uncle Clifford's pick of the
Le Petit Blanc Brasseries
At Le Petit Blanc (Birmingham, Cheltenham
or Oxford) children are not just
accepted, they are welcomed. There's an activity pack for children of 11
and under designed to keep young
minds (and fingers) out of mischief.
awarded, dependent of the number of visits to the restaurant.
There's a Radio Café in the Finchley Road NW3, and another in West Quay Reatial
Park Southampton. Click the hotlink for details...
Idaho, (sister to Montana and Canyon)is
great place to take kids. Adults eat
well too, so click on the link to get
the details of their Sunday brunch
and weekday "food
Little Havana, 1 Leicester Place
WC2 Tel: 020 7287 0101
There's real fun to be had on Sundays at this Cuban Caribbean restaurant. Children
up to the age of 8 eat free, and there's a magician, face painting, Disney
videos and balloons. Kids have a choice of 4 main courses with a fizzy drink
or junior cocktail. Parents do pretty well too: for only a tenner a head the
grown ups can feast undisturbed while the sprogs are entertained.
Salieri, 376 The Strand WC2 Tel:
020 7836 1318
Step inside this Aladdin's cave of a place, with its bizarre theatrical memorabilia
and frescoed ceilings, and the children's eyes will be popping out like organ
stops. Alphonso Rios the great magician, illusionist and balloon shaper
is there to keep them happy while you tuck into a £15.00 a head three
course lunch. PS - the idea that Salieri poisoned Mozart has long been scrapped,
so don't entertain a single qualm-ette.
Elephant, 4-6 Fulham Broadway,
SW6 Tel: 020 7385 6595
We've just recently reviewed this marvellous restaurant. On a Friday evening
it was dead smart, but on Sunday there is a spectacular Thai brunch - all you
can eat for £16.75, while your offspring are diverted by a clown, cartoons,
face painting and balloons.
Smollensky's on the Strand,
105 Strand WC2 Tel: 020 74972101
From midday to 3pm there's lots to occupy children at this popular American
style diner. Children's main courses go out for £4.50 and there's a clown,
face painting and Nintendo games. The climax of the afternoon is at 2.30pm
when there is a raffle and magic show.