I just got back from a lunch date with a girlfriend… We drank wine, ate mussels and squid, felt very stylish and enjoyed ourselves immensely… even WITH the kids! (That never happens).
We went to Villandry, the gorgeous gourmet food-shop and restaurant on Great Portland Street in central London. Stylish décor, buzzing ambience, great food, charming staff…and VERY kid-friendly. (They even have a “paint your own ice cream” dessert plate for kids, complete with paint brush and “paints” (chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate sauces).
Villandry’s impressive kid’s menu includes freshly squeezed juices, strips of chicken breast with courgette chips, lemon sole with chips and peas, mini hamburger, macaroni and cheese– all recipes from famous kiddie-food chef, Annabel Karmel.
They have loads of high chairs, offer your kids crayons and paper, and could not be more patient and relaxed about the mounds of bread and chips (and the occasional toy) landing on the floor.
I have always been a huge fan of Villandry (always fun to sit at the bar or stop in for some yummy take-away food), but now that I have just accomplished the impossible–dining in-style WITH children and coming home happy–I am really very impressed. And I promise, it’s not just the buzz from the wine…