Eating out with a baby or toddler can often translate as ‘spending a stressful mealtime trying to prevent meltdown, boredom, and the annoyance of other diners, whilst not eating anything yourself nor managing a conversation with your fellow diners’…But it doesn’t have to be like that (not always anyway!). There are some places to eat out in Sheffield that provide the “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves” that make the experience of eating out with a little ‘un in tow as hassle-free as can be!
Here are my picks of some “safe” eat-with-a-little-one places I use regularly, along with my reasons why. I’d love to hear your recommendations too, so please leave them in the comments below!
1. – Endcliffe Park Cafe (Endcliffe Park)
This is a great all-rounder and it’s open all year round. It also has clean high-chairs in abundance. Weather permitting you can sit outside, and there’s the added bonus of the whole park being just a hop, skip and jump away for when the little one won’t sit still any longer. There’s even a play area to distract the toddlers. For the adult, the food on offer is varied, healthy, well priced, and tasty!
2. – Graze Inn (Ecclesall Road)
Graze is a nice roomy location with plenty of high-chairs offering a good menu with options such as sweet potato chips which most kids love! There are also good changing facilities and a ruck of room in which you can park up any buggies or prams without causing major obstruction. Table service takes away the hassle of ordering or trying to pay at a counter with a baby in your arms.
3. – Carluccio’s (Ecclesall Road)
Carluccio’s is another venue offering table service and a good stock of clean high chairs. The staff are super-friendly and accommodating and there’s also room to park your buggy. As with Graze, the changing facilities are clean and pleasant and they have decently priced menus with some tasty Italian favourites.
4. – Forum (City Centre)
The Forum isn’t somewhere I’d have thought of as a child-friendly eatery, but it ticks quite a few boxes! There are changing facilities in the disabled toilet (request the key), and there’s a lot of space to park your stuff next to your table. They have great food, including three sides for £10 which is a good option if you’re sharing. If you need to escape, there’s also Devonshire Green right outside.
5. – Weston Park Museum Cafe (Crookes)
The museum cafe is a wet-weather ultra child-friendly venue that’s top of my list currently. It offers all the vital elements of good changing facilities, high-chairs, and kids menus. With Weston Park right beside it, along with the free museum and gift shop within the same building it has lots to offer.
6. – The Stag (Psalter Lane)
There’s something satisfying about finding a pub you can go and eat in when you’ve got children. The Stag is a very child-friendly establishment, where you don’t feel nervous bringing your offspring. There’s even a kids menu with free ice cream on offer (not tried this yet though!). An additional bonus is that it has a great, fenced-in play area attached to the pub where the little’un can burn off some energy whilst you enjoy your drink and chat!
Photograph by Charlotte Heather-Cray.
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