Tiny Table Summer Guide – Eating Alfresco with Kids

From riverside lunches to floral flanked afternoon teas, with such glorious weather shining down on London why not make the most of the start of the summer holidays and grab a bite alfresco with the kids. The British weather may be a little unpredictable, however, these family outdoor dining spots are guaranteed to satisfy gourmands both big and small…

West London mamas will want to check out the sun-soaked pergola of Notting Hill’s neighbourhood gem – Pomona’s. Inspired by the ethos of Californian living, the flavours are fresh, bold and ingredients are sustainably sourced. With a dedicated kids menu, little ones can feast on roast chicken, broccoli and polenta chips and banana splits galore. Brunching is supremely good ranging from porridge with acai berries and wild mushrooms on toast with golden poached eggs to quinoa flecked with cucumber, peas, labneh and pomegranate and Pomona’s celebrated burger. Pressed juices, an array of Bellinis and caffeine kicks round off their breaky, brunch and lunch menu.
47 Hereford Road, London, W2 5AH

Rochelle Canteen

The Canteen sits in the converted bike shed of the old Rochelle School, looking out to the trees of Arnold Circus beyond, with outside tables for lovely days. Secluded from the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch, this sun trap is perfect for a post-amble with older kids. The lunchtime menu boasts seasonal dishes including a refreshing gazpacho, tomato panzanella, whole bream with fennel and kohlrabi and a sun-kissed apricot gallette & Jersey cream – divine decadence.
Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, E2 7ES

The Narrow
With panoramic views overlooking the river Thames and a backdrop of London’s sleek skyline, Gordon Ramsay’s The Narrow restaurant is a handsome retreat from the city, within the city. Kids upto the age of 12 can tuck into Tilly Ramsay’s ‘Tilly’s Treats Menu for free all day, every day. Whether they chose to feast on Tilly’s slam dunk meatballs and pasta or a cracking quintessentially British fish and chips, the food doesn’t disappoint. Oh and after scoffing a sinfully good sticky toffee pud and there’s Tilly’s Treats Kids Pack for craft loving little ones.
44 Narrow Street, London, E14 8DP

Petersham Nurseries – The Teahouse
If a cuppa and light bite amongst the bougainvillea is the order of the day why not treat the kids to a charming afternoon at Petersham Nurseries Teahouse. With dishes inspired by the kitchen garden and a nod to British and Italian cuisine, the menu offers up everything from a cracking Petersham pancetta and Montgomery’s cheddar quiche with garden salad and Haye Farm pork rags lasagne to gluten free chocolate brownies and the lightest of light lemon and poppy see cakes. Seasonal fruit, dairy, egg-free and veggie options really do ensure this menu is fit for all families.
Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB

River Cafe
A firm favourite with a myriad of our Table Talk guests, Ruthie Rogers and Rose Gray’s Thameside stalwart is a summertime joy. Nab a seat in the glorious riverside garden, planted out with endless herbs, salad and edible flowers, and you can your family can feast on the best Italian food this side of Florence. Primi plates of ravioli stuffed with buffalo ricotta, garden herbs & lemon zest and taglierini with cherry & marigold tomatoes and basil are the perfect size for smaller guests and the dreamy Gelati del River Cafe will set gleeful grins on tots for days – roasted almond and caramel are a winning combination. Mums for those who pick the Chocolate Nemesis, you have been warned, tiny nimble fingers will be a-pinching this stellar dessert!
Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd, Hammersmith, W6 9HA

Our pick of park cafes in the capital…

North London
Middle Eastern mezze at Sunnyhill Park Cafe
The Pavillion Sunnyhill Park, Watford Way NW4 4XA

East London
British craft food at Victoria Park’s Pavilion Cafe
Victoria Park, Old Ford Rd, London E9 7DE

South London
Avo-go brunches at Brockwell Park’s The Lido Cafe
Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA

West London
Mummy and mini afternoon teas at Urban Meadow Cafe
150 Bayswater, London, W2 4RT

Image credit: The Narrow

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