Family-friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants near you

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The Mumsnet Local editors have been scouring their regions for the best family-friendly eateries around. Here are their findings...

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The Midlands 

Blackroot Cafe

Blackroot Bistro Sutton Coldfield

A family-run, café-style bistro situated in the picturesque surroundings of Sutton Park. The Blackroot Café uses locally-sourced ingredients and is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Change Kitchen Kings Norton and Cotteridge

Serving an entirely vegetarian/vegan menu, Change Kitchen prides itself on plating up ethical, locally-sourced and organic food. There's also plenty of gluten-free options.

Rowheath Pavilion Bourneville and Selly Oak

Enjoy a light lunch or a cup of coffee while watching your little ones in the children's play area. Choose from a large range of hot and cold sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes and homemade cakes. 

Boston Tea Party Worcester

A family-friendly café right in the heart of Worcester. Enjoy a hearty soup or try something from the all-day breakfast menu. 

Mayflower Café Worcester

A spacious café overlooking the beautiful lakes and parkland of Cob House. Set out on a short walk from the café and come face-to-face with reindeer, pigs and alpaca.

Churchfields Farm

Churchfields Barn Café Droitwich Spa

The Barn Café is famed for its award-winning ice cream, which is all produced onsite at Churchfields farm. There's also a range of cakes and sandwiches on offer. Keep an eye out for events at the farm during the school holidays. 

Kitty Café Nottingham city centre

A café with cats! Enjoy a light lunch while befriending the feline residents of this cat rehoming centre. The menu includes pizza, paninis, sandwiches and an extensive range of cakes and desserts. 

Chocks Away Nottingham city outskirts

Enjoy the simple, reasonably-priced food, while watching light aircraft and the occasional helicopter taking off and landing on the adjacent airfield. There's an indoor children's play area, plus a fenced-off outdoor area with plenty of picnic benches. 

Café at Attenborough Nature Centre Beeston

A busy café within the Attenborough Nature Reserve's 'floating' nature centre. Kids can learn about the reserve's wildlife in the children's discovery area, and an outdoor terrace overlooks the lake. 

The Milk Lounge Arnold

Purpose-built with mothers and babies in mind, there's everything a new mum might need here - from bottle warming stations to a themed sensory room - and you can even create your own fresh purées. There's also plenty of activities on hand to occupy toddlers.  

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East of England 


Bakehouse St Albans

An artisan bakery located in the centre of St Albans. Choose from the extensive range of delicious cakes and pastries, or treat yourself to a heartier meal that's been freshly-made in the Bakehouse's kitchen. 

Inn on the Park St Albans

A family-friendly café situated within the historic Verulamium Park. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, before heading off for a round of crazy golf or a visit to the children's playground in the surrounding parkland.  

The Waggon & Horses Borehamwood

A traditional country inn dating back to 1471. Beamed ceilings and roaring log fires make for a cosy atmosphere, and there's a great garden for the kids. 

West Runton Beach Café Cromer/Sheringham

Set on the spectacularly beautiful and dramatic North Norfolk coastline, this friendly little beach-front café serves food and drinks in child-friendly portions. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome.

Winkles at the Ferry Felixstowe

A café with fantastic views over the river Deben. There's a selection of hot and cold food available, including lobster, crab and prawns when they're in season. 

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Greater London

Tea House Theatre

Tea House Theatre Vauxhall

Serving a wide selection of loose leaf teas, sandwiches, full English breakfasts and homemade cakes, the Tea House Theatre prides itself on being family-friendly and accommodating to all. They also have a range of teas and homemade jams for sale. 

Coffee in the Wood Colliers Wood

Be tempted by a delicious slice of cake in this friendly, family-run café in Colliers Wood.

Willow Bough Tea Rooms Merton Park

A traditional tea rooms serving a range of homemade cakes, light lunches and fantastic afternoon teas. 

Absolute Abode Café Raynes Park

The Absolute Abode Café is located within a design studio and shop, so grab a a coffee and browse through the luxury homewares on display. The café offers a breakfast and lunch menu, and is open for evening meals on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Brasserie Vacherin Sutton Central

A traditional French brasserie run by award-winning chef Malcolm John. There's a varied menu to suit all tastes, all at affordable prices.  

The Duke's Head Wallington

A friendly local pub with plenty of award-winning ales and craft beers on offer. The food is great throughout the week, but Sunday roasts are a particular highlight. 

Waffle Jacks

Waffle Jacks Merton Park

Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, waffles and milkshakes at this busy American diner. It's the perfect place for children's parties and they do a great line in themed birthday cakes. 

Coombe Lodge Croydon

A Beefeater Grill in a grade II listed building, with affordable food and a dedicated children's menu. Keep an eye out for promotions.

Afters Croydon

An ice cream parlour with a 50s vibe. Don't expect to find anything savoury, but you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to sundaes, shakes and smoothies. 

The Florence Herne Hill

Serving modern British pub food cooked using only fresh, seasonal produce. In summer months, they open an outside bar and host weekend BBQs. Children are welcome until 7pm, and there's a dedicated kids' menu, plus activity sheets on hand to entertain little ones while you wait.

The Swallow Bakery Kingston upon Thames

A boutique bakery boasting a large range of cakes, cupcakes and pies, all made daily on the premises. They also host regular baby and toddler groups. 

The Boater's Inn Kingston upon Thames

The Boater's Inn is a pub which specialises in real ale and fresh, seasonal food. It's located just north of Kingston, in a stunningly picturesque spot overlooking the Thames. Enjoy a locally-produced ale in the child-friendly riverside beer garden.  

Roz Ana Fine Regional Indian Cuisine Kingston upon Thames

Roz Ana serves up food from across the many different regions of India. They use high-quality ingredients to create dishes that are healthier and lighter than your typical Indian. There's also a specially designed children’s menu, with authentic Indian flavours but less heat. 

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The South East

Bletchley Arms

The Bletchingley Arms Redhill

This family-friendly pub features a brilliant playground complete with tunnels, lookout towers and rope bridges, so you can dine and rest assured the children are having fun. Head over to the nearby woodland for a post-lunch walk.

Secret Garden Ashford

This luxurious restaurant serves seasonal British cuisine, and has views over a pretty Victorian walled garden and cobbled courtyard.

Ockham Bites Café Cobham

Situated on a nature reserve in the heart of Surrey, the Ockham Bites café is surrounded by a wonderful mix of natural habitats, from ancient woodland to heaths and lakes. The café offers a range of burgers and sandwiches.

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The North

The Arch Cafe Leeds

The Arch Café Leeds city centre

This listed building is also home to the Age UK Leeds head office. As such, all the profits from the sustainably-sourced breakfasts, sandwiches and homemade cakes go to supporting their work with older people.

Angelina's Tea & Cake Hunslet

As well as serving a range of hot and cold food for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, this eatery has a varied children’s menu and a pick 'n' mix. There's a large play area, plus bottle warmers and a microwave for new mums. 

The Hunsworth Table Bradford

Close to the Batley Art Gallery, Oakwell Hall and the Red House Museum, The Hunsworth serves up reasonably-priced pub classics and a variety of children's meals.

The Midway Pub Stockport

A contemporary eating and drinking venue with an extensive choice of home-cooked food on offer, from light bites to pub classics. The three course Sunday roasts are particularly popular. 

The Parlour Chorlton

A traditional British pub with a sophisticated twist. The menu brings together produce from local, independent growers, and there's a fine selection of cask ales on offer.

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South West  

Sheppey Inn

The Sheppey Inn Glastonbury

A quirky, secluded pub in an old dairy barn - complete with Hockney prints and frequent live music events. 

The Riverside Inn Wells

A 16th-century building set in the Herefordshire countryside, overlooking the river Lugg. The menu draws on ingredients from the pub's own kitchen garden, and there's a large outdoor play area. 

Courtyard Café Yeovil

Part café, part creative venue, the Courtyard hosts a variety of crafting activities and workshops for all ages. It serves all kinds of quality café fare and caters for special dietary requirements, as well serving toddler and baby food.

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