Meet Cat Sims – mama, marketing mogul and ex-tour manager of 70s rock stars! As co-founder of creative marketing agency – Hustle & Fox, Cat has created an array of amazing campaigns for celebrated family brands including Camp Festival, Cuckooz Nest, Hello Fresh and Quinny, to name a few. A year before Hustle & Fox was born, she launched her myth-busting parenting blog ‘Not So Smug Now’. From the struggles to successes of motherhood, Cat keeps it honest, humerous and humble – especially with the launch of her ingenious #GIFTMATCH initiative. Calling on brands, bloggers and charities to work together to do some good, #GIFTMATCH allows brands and bloggers to donate gifted products to charities that can give it to families and people who really need it. With the likes of fellow Table Talker Peta Todd, Zoe de Pass and Clemmie Hooper #GIFTMATCH ambassadors, this campaign is creating incredible change for families across the country.
As our first guest of 2019, we couldn’t wait to catch up with Cat and discover which family-friendly restaurants and cafes she makes a beeline for with her little ones…
1. I’d like a table for…
The four of us that has room for the chaos, kids activities with colouring pencils that are actually usable (so annoying when they’re not even sharpened!), kids portions that are ACTUALLY small enough for kids to finish and cups they can’t knock over. Too much to ask for?!
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Miriam’s Munchies in Harrow on Station Road. Amazing coffee, loads of local suppliers and great snacks.
3. Best brunch with kids?
Dasiy’s in the Park in Pinner. No question. Get there early though…it’s no secret it’s the best in the area.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
Not necessarily local to me but Wahaca is great for kids. They’re kids portions are just the right size, quesadillas are perfect for fussy kids and if all else fails you can load them up on nachos.
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
Man, we’re lucky if we can all get together at the same place and the same time so in terms of convenience, it’s generally somewhere central. If it’s WITH kids then I’m always one for Pizza Express. You know what you’re getting, the kids’ menu is easy and there are no surprises. If it’s without kids, I love Sketch or my absolute personal fave and, I truly believe, one of London’s hidden gems is Maggie Jones in Kensington.
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
Pizza East in Portobello Road is perfect because they love the market and then adults and kids can enjoy an amazing lunch and no one feels like they’re compromising.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Go early and don’t beat yourself up if they end up on screens.
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Always take me out. We rarely get to do it and so it feels special when we do. If he takes me to Maggie Jones…well, then he gets MASSIVE brownie points.
9. My earliest food memory…
Sunday roast at my grandparents house in the Yorkshire Dales with 13 of us sat around the table. No one listening to anyone, everyone shouting, lots of drinking and a plate so full, the gravy dribbled off the sides. Perfection.
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
Amy Schumer because she’s a badass and about to drop her first baby and I feel like we’d bond over that, my best friend Reagan who lives in the States and I definitely don’t get to see her enough, Jennifer Aniston because I’ve always believed we’d be best friends since seeing her in Friends and I have a huge girl crush on her, Diane Keaton because she’s whip-smart I’ve never known style like it and finally Gayle who I founded Hustle & Fox with. She’s my work wife and ride or die. Also, she’d kill me if I didn’t put her on there.