Anyone for tea? Mums Becky Coletto and Kate Towers adore a good cuppa, but found that when it came to teatime, their little ones were left with either juice, milk or water when it came to refreshing their tiny palettes. In a bid to share their passion, Kate and Becky set about creating the perfect herbal blends fit for little taste buds – Small and Wild was born. Caffeine-free, no added sugar or nasties and ethically sourced ingredients, Small and Wild’s range of teas are ripe with fruit and herbal notes such as their jovial Jolly Croc plump with banana, strawberry and apple and their Snoozy Fox Tea with camomile, spearmint and lavender, ideal for winding down tots before bedtime.
We joined Becky and Kate for a well-earned brew and to chat all things family food in this month’s Table Talk. From the most delicious mini-menus for children across the capital to crepes of champions – the girls’ table is well and truly set with these super suggestions…
1. I’d like a table for…
Ourselves, the hubbies and our broods at Rocca in Dulwich Village. We met locally when we were pregnant with our second two and spent many a happy moment hanging out in nearby Dulwich Park. It’s always lovely to return together and reminisce. Rocca serves delicious Italian food all whilst the staff dodge the many kids there and keep a smile on their faces.
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Well of course we are tea lovers first and foremost, but when we need that serious coffee hit, for Kate is has to be Planet Organic in Muswell Hill which is conveniently located on route back from dropping the children off! For Becky it’s brewed at home with beans bought from Jones of Brockley.
3. Best brunch with kids?
For us cafes in parks are the holy grail, whether it’s our local Pavillion Cafe in Highgate Wood for Kate or The Round in Peckham Rye for Becky. We do like to venture further afield as well (sticking with the central theme of green space and a cafe) and rate Timber Lodge in the Olympic Park, the Italian Gardens Cafe in Hyde Park, The Coal House cafe in Woodberry Wetlands and Green and Brown cafes in Mayow Park and Crystal Palace.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
We are both so lucky to live in areas that have indy cafes and restaurants that cater brilliantly for kids. La Dinette in Muswell Hill has a fab children’s menu which is full of veggies (and addictive corn bread for us!) and Cafe Aneto in East Dulwich produces great quality food that the kids lap up. If you are in South West London one of our brilliant stockists, Wulf & Lamb in Chelsea has a fantastic vegan kids menu (and is super convenient for a trip to Peter Jones!).
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
En masse we’d go for somewhere nice and spacious with a crowd-pleasing menu and ideally a great little activity pack. Leon and Wahaca are both fantastic with choices for everyone and speedy service to boot. Smaller chains like Bob’s Cafe or Bill’s also really hit the spot and are super accommodating.
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
Ours, and especially Kate’s boys, adore crepes. So the ultimate treat is going out for these. In Muswell Hill North and Ten does delicious lemon drizzle (aka lemon and sugar) and peanut butter and jam crepes. There’s also the really lovely Creperie de Hampstead, perfect for grabbing a crepe before hitting the Heath.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
Take all the stuff: colouring pens, mini cars, little games, or even better than all of that, the grandparents!
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Take us out 100% – get a takeaway and we’ll still be in bed by 10pm. Take us out and we’ll make it until at least 11pm.
9. My earliest food memory…
Doing this led us to find out that our earliest food memories both revolve around tomatoes! Kate can still vividly remember the taste of the white bread, tomato and salad cream sarnies which were her staple (not so convinced by these now) and for Becky it was having a huge tomato on holiday!
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
We love chatting food and fan girl a number of female chefs so this has to be a chance to get some of our faves around a table – please can we dine with you Anna Jones, Georgina Hayden, Jasmine Helmsley, Claire Thomson oooh and Nigella!