Villandry RestaurantI just got back from a lunch date with a girlfriend… We drank wine, ate mussels and squid, felt very stylish and enjoyed ourselves immensely! Surely,the kids must not have been there, right? Wrong. They came too, and it was still lovely and enjoyable! (That never happens).

Why? 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. There is also a “tiny people” menu with mashed or puréed foods–perfect for babies!

Villandry HamperThey 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…


Comments (5)

February 20, 2008

Looks amazing! We’ll go next time I’m there!

February 21, 2008

lovely to hear! If we can do anything else to make Villandry even more kid-friendly let us know. (By the way, did you know that we have free cookie making classes for kids every saturday lunch time?) Jamie – Villandry

February 21, 2008

Sounds delicious and perfect! I will definitely have to try this if we visit in June.

February 21, 2008

Love Villandry also! Regularly pop in for some goodies to take home. Love the changes made also over last few years! We discovered it, after C-section staying in Portland Hospital, just close enough to walk to after C-section and have a little birth celebratory drink/lunch!

The one thing, topped of course by finally being able to hold our second son!, I am looking forward to after my recovery of my second C-section in a weeks time!!!

February 27, 2008

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