Today’s guest post highlights some great child friendly cafes around the UK:
You and your friend agree to meet for a coffee, but the adult atmosphere and restrictive high chair is the bane of any toddler. Soon your little one is frustrated and hogging all of the attention. But never fear, Show & Stay shows you where you can enjoy a cuppa and your child can enjoy a bit of café culture.
Coffee 1st, Clapham, London
No London theatre break is complete without a trip to Clapham. After taking a hike around Clapham common and shopping until you drop in the wonderful boutiques on Northcote Road, stop for a drink in Coffee 1st. As well as high-quality coffee, this family-friendly café has a fantastic range of fresh fruit juices and smoothies which your little darlings will love. Cots and high chairs are provided, as well as a selection of books and toys to keep the kids occupied. When the weather is sunny, they can play outside in the safety of the enclosed garden while you enjoy some adult conversation or browse the internet on the free wi-fi.
Terra Nova Roath Park Lake Café, Cardiff
This laid-back café, right on the edge of Roath Park Lake is the perfect place to stop for a drink after strolling through the park. Books and boardgames are provided to entertain as you sip huge hot chocolates, and the massive fish tank is guaranteed to amuse even the most restless of youngsters. Small bikes and scooters are also welcome, and a range of hot snacks are on offer at affordable prices to satisfy those hungry tummies. When you’re done, head back to the giant playground or feed the ducks.
Coffee Tots , Coventry
Coffee Tots, based in Coventry City Centre’s City Arcade, is a café with parents and young children in mind. Toys and books are provided to entertain the children and keep them occupied whilst mum and dad enjoy a beverage and a rest. The café offers support to new parents with issues such as infant feeding, money management and parenting courses.
Yellowave Bearfoot Café, Brighton
Kids will love playing in the outdoor sandpit at this unique café right on England’s southern shore. There’s a special kids’ menu and each sunny Sunday the BBQ pit is lit to tempt both hungry locals and tourists. Enjoy a coffee and snack whilst looking out over Brighton Pier, safe in the knowledge that your child is also happy and preoccupied.
House of Fraser Café Zest, Cardiff
Head up to the café and you’ll find an indoor play area packed with a slide, toys, games, books and more. Keep an eye on your little monster whilst you enjoy a cuppa and some adult conversation, and perhaps even a bite or two.
Do you have any child friendly cafes to recommend?