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LauraStyles Tue 10-Dec-13 15:48:01

Hello everyone!

I'm new here so I might be a bit late to the party here...

I'm looking to find some good, reasonably-priced restaurants for family days out. We live in Brentwood but often go into London at the weekends.
I'm finding it increasingly difficult to find places to eat.

I don't want them on lettuce leaves, but I also don't like to feed my kids fast food- I don't eat it myself and I don't think eating rubbish should be associated with having a 'treat'.

It seems easy to get decent healthy grub for adults, but for children it's always something like stodgy pasta with cheese or pizza.

Any recommendations would be fab. Got 2 LOs plus a hungry husband, so nothing too fancy!

sharond101 Tue 10-Dec-13 22:43:56

We like Harvester, family friendly and have a salad bar.

ShoeWhore Tue 10-Dec-13 22:49:02

There are lots of good noodle and sushi bars in central London (esp in Soho) - would that work for you and your dcs?

Snowbility Wed 11-Dec-13 07:44:15

Google Time Out cheap eats for the area of London you're visiting. We try to go to independent restaurants rather than chains because we like variety, lots of places will offer smaller versions of adult food.

What do you class as healthy? Give us some examples of the kind of food your dcs would eat?

schmalex Wed 11-Dec-13 16:09:02

We like the kids' menu at Leon

Onykahonie Wed 11-Dec-13 22:36:26

How about Vapiano?

Blacksquirrel Thu 12-Dec-13 10:53:21

Giraffe do some healthy kids options.

LauraStyles Fri 21-Feb-14 14:09:29

I forgot I posted this thread all that time ago. Thanks for all the tips - still helpful now. I don't really like Leon as stuff appears healthy but then has been quite high cal, fat and salt when I've checked nutrition info.
Same with other chains similar.
Independents are always much better but a bit of a risk without recommendations I find.

Anyway, sorry for bumping the thread, I just thought I'd say thank you as didn't want to be ignorant.

I have started one a bit similar in the 5:2 fasting section. so I will post my own finds in there too.


mrspremise Fri 21-Feb-14 21:04:58

I second the suggestion of Leon, also Hummus Bros or Cinnamon in Soho. Sally Clarke' s is usually a good bet, too...

LauraStyles Mon 24-Feb-14 13:46:34

Thanks Mrs Premise! Have you tried Chop'd before by any chance? I've just done some scouting around for Leon locations and found Chop'd on Google Maps. They've got one in King's Cross St Pancras so could be good lunch option after our British Library trip. It looks pretty healthy - lots of fresh salads etc. judging by TripAdvisor reviews you get big portions as well.

BlueChampagne Mon 24-Feb-14 16:12:40

Lots of parks for picnics ...

LauraStyles Tue 25-Feb-14 10:27:18

Not really the weather for picnics yet, but as soon as it is trust me I'll be there smile

JamNan Tue 25-Feb-14 10:40:41

Our favourite one we always go to is Sofra in Drury Lane (there are three others) that does Turkish cuisine and the set menu is from only £8.95. It is delicious and healthy too. Makes me hungry just reading the menu grin SOFRA

We quite like Carluccio's and our local one is good with children - there are loads of Carluccio's in London. There is a children's menu too where they can make their own pizza but the rest is a bit pasta-y iyswim.

The restaurant at Tate Modern is very good but pricey although I think kids can eat free if an adult buys a meal. The cafe is very good and much cheaper. The view of St Pauls and the wobbly bridge is interesting.

You can't go wrong with Pret a Manger.

LauraStyles Tue 25-Feb-14 10:48:36

Thanks JamNan!

I've never heard of Sofra so keen to try that!

Also great to know about Tate Modern. We've been there lots but never eaten there. The views are a bonus, too. It makes it more London-y and special!

I really dislike Pret as it's owned by McDonald's and I'm not convinced that it's healthy at all. Also pretty expensive for what you get (imho) Each to their own though smile

JamNan Tue 25-Feb-14 10:52:37

I didn't know Pret was owned by MacDonalds. I must live in a bubble. I will boycott it from now on! grin

I forgot to say that the icecream and desserts at Sofra are to die for.

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 25-Feb-14 12:06:43

I think Subways are the healthiest of the fast-food places. Essentially it's just a generous sandwich and the fillings are always nice and fresh. Good value.

HyvaPaiva Tue 25-Feb-14 12:11:10

Why have I never heard of Hummus Bros? It looks delicious, thanks mrspremise.

LauraStyles Tue 25-Feb-14 14:07:37

Yeah I imagine they try to keep it on the down low as they have a totally different image to McD's!
Ah I do try to keep it healthy -- the desserts are all v low cal, right? ;)

I haven't tried Hummus Bros either! Going to have a look and see where the stores are.

LauraStyles Tue 25-Feb-14 14:22:03

CogitoErgoSometimes - As I'm meat-free I'm not keen on Subway as they don't keep meat products separate from veggie stuff. I agree they're very cheap and cheerful if you're not bothered about that kind of thing though

AnnieWinehouse Tue 25-Feb-14 14:28:05

We went into London last Friday with DS(8) and DD (7) who are big MaccyD fans but I couldn't bear to take them there again third time that week so I found this link: kid friendly restaurants
and headed for Bodeans - free before 3pm for kids. It was v busy though so we ended up in Yo Sushi not on the list. Not particularly cheap, but they tried a bit of all the different cooked dishes we ordered, ate the rice and the salmon rolls. Result!

LauraStyles Tue 25-Feb-14 14:40:40

AnnieWinehouse - I would have never thought of taking kids to Yo! Sushi. Did you happen to notice if they has many veggie options?

CaterpillarCara Tue 25-Feb-14 20:43:21

If we need quick, healthy (chain) food we like the Wasabi chain.

AnnieWinehouse Wed 26-Feb-14 13:29:20

LauraStyles, sorry I missed the bit about you being meat-free. I didn't notice to be honest, everything we had was chicken/fish. Apart from a fruit salad, which wouldn't fill anyone up!

Parliamo Wed 26-Feb-14 13:33:57

No such thing as wrong weather for a picnic. Especially for a family with such exacting demands.

Selfridges food hall?

MasterOfTheYoniverse Wed 26-Feb-14 13:34:25

Mmmmm Sofra!
How about wagamama?

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