Boasting over 8,000 acres of green space, Birmingham is surprisingly good for kids. Here are five of the city’s most child-friendly restaurants:
Mediterranean tapas is the name of the game at this ever-popular haunt, just a short stroll from Harvey Nick’s in the Mailbox. Adults can chow down on hearty paellas, steak and fresh fish, while little ones have their own menu featuring nachos, paella and spicy meatballs, alongside the usual hamburgers and chicken nuggets. There are also puzzles to keep them occupied.
Italian restaurants are duty-bound to be good with children and this nationwide chain is no exception. Pasta goes down well with even the pickiest little eaters and the children’s menu is easy on the wallet, offering a main course, pudding and drink for £5.25. Kids also get an activity pack that should stop them wreaking havoc (for a few minutes, anyway).
This little oasis in King’s Heath is a garden shop, café, restaurant and deli in one, and boasts a fantastic outdoor space decked out with fairy lights that glow prettily after dark. Food is of the wholesome variety – local, seasonal, fair trade, and organic where possible. Children have their own menu, along with a small play area, and you can hire the meeting room – or even the whole café – for their parties.
This small chain bypasses the usual Oriental theme-park décor in favour of clean, modern lines. The food is consistently high quality, garnering it knockout reviews from critics and customers alike. But – and here’s the real sell – kids under five eat free. The milder dishes, such as noodles or chicken satay, will suit a younger palate.
The revamped Bull Ring houses numerous restaurant options, Jamie’s Italian being probably the most family-friendly. With Jamie Oliver at the helm, parents can sleep easy knowing that the children’s menu will be thoughtful and nutritious. The atmosphere is buzzy and the décor hip enough that older children will enjoy it for a birthday celebration.
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