Tamara Beckwith – writer, presenter, actor, co-owner of The Little Black Gallery, London’s boutique photography gallery and most importantly, mother to three gorgeous children – Violet, Vero and Anouska. When she’s not representing a myriad of luxury brands as ambassador or penning features for Hello Magazine as their contributing editor, Tamara loves nothing better than supping in style with her husband and young children. From Sloane Square to Pimlico Green, Tamara’s little black book of foodie-finds in West London is overflowing with delightful dinners, relaxed pub lunches and endless cups of strong coffee to pep up the daily school run. Pull up a seat and join Tamara for this month’s Table Talk…
1. I’d like a table for…
3 people at Colbert on Sloane Square. The staff are always smiley, speedy and accommodating. Whilst it has all the real hustle and bustle of a brasserie. You can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner all is equally delicious. Definitely one of my favourites in London. Not a favourite with kids but the soup de poisson is heaven for mamas.
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
My son and I usually do the school run on foot and him on a scooter so to encourage him we get a croissant and coffee on the way back. Daylesford Farmshop and Cafe on Pimlico Green is one of the first we reach so depends how desperate he is! They are very child friendly and very little bothers the fabulous staff. The coffee is strong, hot and fluffy…my three ticks.
3. Best brunch with kids?
I think brunch is a great time to feed little people so I tend to head to MAZE Grill on Park Walk, Chelsea. It has such a varied menu and, if you approve of them, a very good children’s menu by Gordon’s daughter – Tilly Ramsay. The food is excellent and the grown ups don’t feel uncatered for…it’s really surf and turf, Chelsea style. It also is Gordon Ramsay’s favourite out of the chain.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
If out and about in Hyde Park I love to go to with small people to the Serpentine Cafe. Great pizzas and divine chunky chips, plus, very relaxed as it’s first come first served. Perfect once the weather picks up as there are plenty of tables outside and to be able to enjoy that incredible view down to Kensington Palace.
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
I am very lucky that in my area we are spoilt for choice but I do like a super, souped up pub called The Orange, on Pimlico Green. It’s perfectly decorated in stripped back wood that all the kids and messy grown ups can drop what they like without being in any trouble. Many a school coffee morning is found there. They have plenty of drawing supplies on tap as well.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Having had three children I wouldn’t dream of going to any restaurant without pen’s, drawing pads and our trusted animal games cards.. I am not alone in hating their love of the screen and in some instances I have to give in but first I do really try to persevere with being creative, making them tap into their wonderful imaginations.
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
I must confess I am useless in this department…my Italian husband is never keen on a take away so it really means we either cook at home or we are out in a group.
9. My earliest food memory…
I used to love visiting my Big Nanny, as opposed to our Little Nanny (purely heightist) because on arrival whether lunch or Dinner she would have prepared cold chicken, very buttery, fluffy mash potato with salad.. My sister and I had heavy china mugs with our names on and it was the same every trip. It makes me feel happy to remember that.
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you
I have many great girlfriends and I tend to lean towards the ones who stretch either my intellect, or enlighten me on things way out of my square little box or those who seem very good at juggling.. That said I love meeting people I have absolutely nothing in common with too, makes for far more of an interesting getting to know someone.
So if I have to choose randomly it would be The Queen, Elizabeth Saltzman (top stylist and utterly cool girl about town), Helena Morrissey (Author, CEO & Mother), David Furnish (great fun and a Mother/Daddy) & Anja Niemi (incredible Norwegian photopgrapher, we represent). Think this group would have plenty to chat about.
Photo credit: Laura Pannack