Table Talk with Sophie Tyrrell – Co-Founder of The Squirrel Sisters

Sophie Tyrrell
is one half of the sister duo behind feel-good snack brand The Squirrel Sisters. With an enduring passion for food, wellness and health, the savvy sisters have gone from blog to award-winning bars thanks to the creation of their scrumptious healthy snacks. After Gracie whizzed up the recipe for a gluten-free snack bar for sister Sophie, the duo couldn’t wait to start exploring further flavours and shake up the snack market with a healthy sweet treat.

Vegan, paleo, gluten and refined sugar free and 100% raw – their range of bars and raw bites offer a fruity fix from Raspberry Ripple, sate chocolate cravings with Cacao Brownie and Cacao Orange pays homage to that foil-wrapped fave stocking filler. The Squirrel Sisters are kickstarting 2020 with a brand new bite and their most indulgent flavour yet – Peanut Caramel. Available in Waitrose, Whole Foods and on Ocado.

Having recently had a baby, Sophie balances her time between Squirrel Sisters HQ and bringing up her gorgeous daughter Lola. With Lola taking her first foray into solids, Sophie loves nothing more than to seek our family-friendly spots around London which are both delicious and practical as a pram pushing mama! Hungry to find out more, we took ten with Sophie to discuss dining out with babies and her current faves to grab a family meal…

1. I’d like a table for…
Two – me and my sister / co-founder Gracie, we are so busy always running around like headless chickens and haven’t even had our Xmas ‘party’ yet so we’re well overdue a big catch-up. We love the idea of going to Bob Bob Ricard with the champagne bell!

2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Grounded in St. Margarets….they do Monmouth Coffee which I love, and love the pastries too, their Pain aux Raisin are amazing!

3. Best brunch with kids?
This probably doesn’t count as your usual answer, as it’s not technically kid friendly in terms of things for kids, but we went to the Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia and they were really accommodating of us having the pram and then Lola just lay down and played on the big booth chairs whilst we ate. A nice treat if you have babies!

4. Children’s menu must-visits…
Lola is a couple of months into weaning so we haven’t experienced the kids menus yet – more just giving her a bit of food from our plate, so anywhere that does a side of vegetables suits us!  We recently went to the White Swan in Richmond which was lovely and a really cosy atmosphere for the colder months..

5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
A pub with lots of space for prams and a play area for kids who can use those little legs and need some space to run around. The Turk’s Head in St Margarets and The Anglers in Teddington are great and also have private areas/rooms that are available if you have really big groups.

6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
This one was also more for us as Lola is pram bound, but we went to Gaucho in Richmond for a treat meal and it was great!

7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
As we’re still in the baby stage and have nap time to consider, I would say that white noise has been a game changer. We can get longer pram naps at lunchtime and have even had a dinner out where we’ve done the bedtime routine, then put her ‘down for bed’ in the pram, put the white noise on and wheeled her to our local Italian restaurant. It was so nice to get out!

8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Take me out….I don’t get out much anymore so the thought of going out for dinner fills me with a lot of joy. I would never say no to a Deliveroo and a nice glass of red wine though.

9. My earliest food memory…
Making apple crumble with our Mum – it’s one of my favourites so I was so excited to claim I ‘made’ it when we served it for the family!

10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
Chrissy Teigan, Pandora Sykes, Holly Tucker, Amy Shumer (had a baby on the same day as me too!), Fearne Cotton

Fancy finding out more about The Squirrel Sisters and where you can nab their tasty bars and bites? Head on over to their website.

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