We’re in food and fashion heaven this month on Table Talk with the brilliant duo and founders of brand new kidswear brand anyware – Jessie Ware and George Reddings.
When singer-songwriter, Table Manners podcast host and mama of two Jessie Ware longed to create a kids clothing line she looked no further than award-winning childrenswear designer George Reddings. Several sketches, samples and strong coffees later, anyware was born – a baby and kidswear brand for children aged 0-8 years. Designed to grow with your child; anyware celebrates wearable wardrobe staples which are both seasonless and sustainable.
From the kitchen table to out and about with their respective broods, we caught up with Jessie and George to chat all things family-food. From Hertfordshire to Hackney, the anyware duo divulged where they sip early morning brews and grab sausage rolls or two on a weekend…
1. I’d like a table for…
George: 4 at the Rose and Crown in Sandridge it is so relaxed and family friendly. My kids are older so they can be fussier but the Rose and Crown have English tapas, and my boys love the whitebait, amazing homemade scotch eggs and hog sausage rolls, they have a bouncy castle in the garden every Saturday which is genius and a stack of board games in the corner. We are always there on a cold Sunday afrernoon playing a family games of cards by the open fire. Its not a ‘kiddie’ pub but family friendly if that makes sense.
2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
G: Silver Palate in Harpenden. such a great place, quiet and amazing coffee, I often stop in here when I’ve dropped them at school for something and need to pick them up 45 mins later, not quite enough time to get home and back but 45 mins of me time.
J: You can’t beat Esters in Stoke Newington
3. Best brunch with kids?
G: The Waffle House in St Albans is family favourite. We go in big groups and hang out all day.
J: Earth Kitchen in Hackney are so kid friendly and even allowed my daughter eggs at 4pm so I love them a lot.
4. Children’s menu must-visits…
G: We love The Yard pizzeria in Harpenden, a bit of a whole in the wall but proper brick oven based pizza, simple ingredients, authentic. Reminds me of living in Brooklyn.
J: I think Franco Manca is brilliant
5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
G: I love Caravan at Kings Cross, amazing brunch and the atmosphere makes you feel cool and human again.
J: Anywhere that doesn’t mind children running around and hopefully has a crayon and paper.
6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
G: There is a really old sweet shop in Harpenden called Thorns, remember the ones with the huge jars behind the counter of cola cubes and lemon drops. Well it’s my youngest son’s favourite place in the world and we can spend hours in there, as a treat he can have 10 sweets. The sound of each one as it drops into the paper bag bring such joy and he savours every mouthful. We don’t do sweets a lot so it’s a real treat.
J: Mama Owl – beautiful, organic and thoughtful clothing and presents.
7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
G: Take cards or UNO or colouring, NOT iPads or phones, I hate seeing families out and all the kids are on their devices. This is family time not date night, interact with your kids, help them learn the art of conversation. We have been dining out with our kids since they were newborn, they love it. It’s hard but so worth it in the long run. Now they are a pleasure to eat out with. We talk and laugh and bond.
J: Bring a sticker pad, a pen and paper and just order something that is fail proof so you don’t waste a meal, even if it is pasta for the third time in a row!
8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
G: Take me out, somewhere quiet where we can talk or just be quiet. A guilty pleasure is a night out at the Odyssey in St Albans, an old time cinema, you can order a bottle of wine, a plate to meats and cheeses and cuddle up on a double seat/couch and watch an old movie on the big screen. So good. The kids love it too if it’s a marvel movie!
J: At the moment, takeaway but TAKE ME OUT. SOON. PLEASE
9. My earliest food memory…
G: I lost my mother when I was 4 but I have a memory that I hold precious of having Tomato soup in a cup, which was a real treat when my brother and sister were at school as you normally had to eat it in a bowl with a spoon. That was a special treat just for me and my mum.
J: God, i should have this answer. And I don’t! Probably lemon ice creams in Majorca or cheese and pineapple at birthday parties.
10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
G: Jools Oliver, gorgeous amazing friend and we would still be up talking into the early hours once all the other guests have got bored of me. Michele Obama, what a women, I could listen to her voice for ever. Phoebe Waller-Bridge as she is an absolute genius and I would hope that some of that might rub off on me. And my own mum, I would give anything to have a woman to woman chat with her now, even if she just sat quietly until the big names had gone, I could just hold her hand under the table.
J: My mum, my best mate Sarah, Dawn O’Porter, The Scummy Mummies and Meghan.
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