Eating out with kids can sometimes be something of a challenge (understatement of the year!) There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in the Harrogate area which really do welcome children and families so I’ve compiled a list of them here.
These places are not all ‘exclusively’ for families or children but they have all shown thoughtful touches or great facilities (things like pushchair access, changing facilities, highchairs and so on)
At Harrogate Mumbler we are always looking to ‘spread the word’ if we find out about any little gems, so if you know of a pub, restaurant or café that should be included in this listing then please contact us here.
When Rudding Park invited the Harrogate Mumbler brood to dine in their Clocktower restaurant I’ll admit that I was apprehensive; I’d never eaten there myself but plenty of my friends have. They told me how lovely it is and what a fantastic place it is for a romantic meal for two or to get together with friends. Not a single one said that they had taken their children there. In fact when I mentioned that I would be reviewing it for Mumbler, without exception they said that it was a shame as I’d have a much nicer time without the little ones in tow.
Well friends, how wrong you were!
If I’m truthful I was actually feeling dread at the prospect of taking a “spirited” (and very prone to tantruming) two-year old and her five year old sister to the Uk’s No 1 hotel. I’d had visions of them terrorising business lunches and generally causing a nuisance in such a smart restaurant. The reality couldn’t have been further from the truth.
We were warmly welcomed by the Restaurant Manager and as it was such a beautiful and warm day we decided to sit outside on the huge terrace. There were outdoor games available such as quoits, Jenga and a football, but most importantly a vast open area of garden for the children to safely explore.
The waiting staff were incredibly attentive without being overbearing and they provided my two girls with activity bags and crayons to keep them busy. They served the children’s drinks in plastic cups without being asked- one less thing for me to worry about!
The children had their own extensive menu to choose from- both my girls elected to try the “make your own pizza’s” which I thought was great value at £5. The waitress brought out the pizza ingredients (along with chefs hats!) for the girls to assemble and then took them away to be cooked. I chose a few plates from the “Yorkshire Tapas” menu (Honey and Mustard drizzled Sausages, Yorkshire Feta and a Voakes Pork Pie) and was thoroughly impressed by the taste and quality.
The children’s desserts were well priced at around £2.50. I would have liked to try a few of the delicious sounding options such as banana split, waffles and ice-cream and donuts, however both my daughters wanted the fruit cocktail with chocolate dipping sauce. The portion sizes were very generous and both girls were served a beautiful looking dish of seasonal fruit and berries to dip inside a lovely rich chocolate sauce.
To finish off my daughters were given a Dottychino (a warm foamy-milk drink topped with a dusting of cocoa) and some lovely little Dotty the ladybird shaped petit-fours (Dotty is Rudding’s family mascot)
My girls both loved their experience at Rudding, but critically so did I! I cannot remember the last time that I was able to have a such a relaxing lunch out with young children and the opportunity to enjoy a two and a half hour meal (with desert and coffee!) whilst the children were happy and entertained. I did not want to leave and now I can’t wait to go back!
Next time I will take some of my friends with their children and we can enjoy the gorgeous surroundings and food all together.
Disclosure: Rudding Park did provide us with a free lunch for the purposes of this review. The opinion I’ve expressed here is my own.
The Mumbler team were invited along to Le Bistrot Pierre in Harrogate town centre as they have recently launched a new children’s menu and accompanying activity pack.
It has been around 4 years since I last visited the place and despite enjoying a really pleasant evening then, it’s not somewhere that I would have immediately thought of taking the children to. This recent visit has changed my mind entirely as they are very welcoming to families and the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere.
The steps up to the front door might at first glance put off pram users, however if you can make it up the stairs, there is plenty of space in the bar area to store prams and the staff are very friendly to children and babies.
As we visited just before Christmas, all the tables were laid out with crackers which were a huge hit with my children and they were each given one of the lovely activity bags on arrival. The bags contained a beautifully illustrated book (which doubled up as a “menu enfants”) and a set of colouring pencils.
The book has a French theme (with one of the activities being ‘Oú est Pierre?’) and has been designed by established artist and mum of two, Julia Whitehead and has an excellent balance of education and entertainment to keep children engaged. With 14 pages of activities to fill in (Noughts and crosses, code cracking, word searches, colouring in etc) it’s one of the best I’ve seen. The activity books kept the two seven year olds thoroughly entertained and there was plenty in there to keep my four year old from wrecking the place!
The “Menu Enfants” is very well priced at £6.50 for a meal, desert and drink and my mini guests choose macaroni and cheese and a burger. Both were served quickly and were devoured in no time. For desert they chose a delicious raspberry sundae, chocolate torte and chocolate ice-cream. The staff were good enough to put candles in my daughters ice-cream as we were celebrating her 7th birthday and even went to the trouble of writing a birthday message in raspberry sauce!
During the course of the meal one of my children (somewhat inevitably!) sent a drink flying, however the waiter quickly cleaned it up for us with minimal fuss and we weren’t made to feel bad about it. As anyone who dines out with children will understand; this sort of thing does happen and the way that the restaurant deals with it really does make a difference.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal out at Le Bistrot Pierre and will be returning soon!
You can find out more here http://lebistrotpierre.co.uk/locations/harrogate
Disclosure: Le Bistrot Pierre did provide us with a free meal for the purposes of this review. The opinion I’ve expressed here is my own.
So, I can only apologise that it has taken me a year to get down to visit Mrs Smiths Cafe in Jennyfields, what a cool place!
The Mumbler clan were lucky enough to be invited down to their special “Harry Potter” afternoon tea craft session in October 2017 which was run in conjunction with The Creation Station Harrogate. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but we were treated to an absolutely fantastic afternoon of crafting followed by the most delicious array of Harry Potter themed food.
The cafe itself is easy to find, located right next to the co-op in Jennyfields with plenty of parking. It’s a nice light bright space and is obviously extremely welcome to families. There was a dedicated toy area, where littles ones can play and I was seriously impressed with some of the personal touches, such as serving kids drinks in small lidded bottles with straws. Such a simple touch but one that makes the prospect of taking hurricane toddlers out in public a little bit more bearable.
Both Mrs Smith (also known as Phillipa) and Mr Smith (also known as Harry Potter!) were working during the Harry Potter afternoon tea and spent the whole time, looking after their guests and ensuring that everyone had a lovely time.
The crafting session was led by Sharon from the Creation Station. Upon arrival each child found a letter from “Hogwarts” welcoming them to the school and telling them the list of things that they should bring. The session then focused around making all of the items on the list.
It was such fun! I won’t tell you exactly what we made as I don’t want to give it all away in case they run sessions again in the future however I will say that there were was a quiz, gluing, clay modelling, potion making and lots and lots of glitter!
After the crafting then we were treated to a heaving selection of delicious savoury and sweet treats. The attention to detail was superb, the golden snitch truffles being a prime example along with the chocolate sorting hat cupcakes (Each one with a coloured Smartie inside to tell you which house you were being sorted into. I’m a Ravenclaw FYI!)
We all had an absolutely wonderful afternoon and I can’t recommend both Mrs Smiths Cafe and the Creation Station Harrogate highly enough. Both ladies clearly love what they do, and their enthusiasm and understanding of the local family market really shines.
MUMbler were invited to try out the George Carvery so I decided to give it a go on Sunday 12th March with my hubby and little boy. I had always driven past and wondered what it was like! I had also seen lots of people recommending it on Facebook so there was no reason not to try it out.
We pulled up and the car park was busy but there were plenty of spaces so it was lovely and easy to park. On arrival, it was busy inside but it’s actually a lot bigger than I thought so there was space available for us to sit down straight away. Having never been before we sat down and checked out the carvery price card which also explained that we needed to go through to the bar to purchase our carvery tickets and drinks. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and also explained the process to us. Highchairs were available and they also provided my little boy with colouring pencils and a Peppa Pig colouring sheet to keep him entertained.
Getting the tickets was quick and easy and as we had our 19 month old little boy with us we decided to get his first as he can get a bit fidgety in his highchair if he doesn’t have food to distract him!
I joined the queue and let him point to what he wanted. The selection of food was great – there were 3 meats on offer: Turkey, Gammon and Beef. We opted for turkey for the little one and of course a large homemade Yorkshire pudding plus all the trimmings. Gravy was available to add as much or as little to our plates as we wanted (which is great because we are a gravy loving family!)
Finlay loved his and ate more than I thought he would, particularly as he has been a bit fussy with food recently. His favourite thing by far was the Yorkshire pudding!
We got our own plates and (in the interests of the review of course!) I had a bit of each meat. My hubby had the gammon and turkey. All in all, we were really impressed with the quality of the food. Sometimes carveries get a bad reputation as the food can get cold but it was lovely and warm and the meat was really tender. The sides were good too, offering peas and green beans, broccoli and honey roasted carrots and parsnips, stuffing, as well as mash and roasties of course!
There were plenty of sauces available for the side too, such as cranberry and apple, mustard etc.
One thing I noticed which is really helpful is that they have plastic cutlery available for the children. We had brought some in anticipation but hadn’t managed to pick up a fork from home, so it was great to find some there for us already.
Once we had finished our meal (there was no room for dessert unfortunately even though they sounded lovely!), we headed outside to the beer garden. This was great for Finlay as he could run around and there was a small play area with a slide which he loved! An added bonus was the kitchen washed up Finlay’s plate and cutlery we had brought with us.
There are baby changing facilities and when the weather isn’t so lovely, an air hockey table and table football in the bar area to keep the older kids amused.
We went at the peak of Sunday lunchtime and it was really busy. The carvery queue got quite long atone point but was dealt with quickly and did die down. We were sat quite near to the queue which was a bit inconvenient when there was a long queue so I would advise sitting in the main part of the restaurant or by the front entrance. The staff were all friendly and fresh food was coming out the kitchen regularly so there was always plenty available.
Overall, it is a great place for families as there is no waiting (Finlay is not very patient so long waits for food are a big no no for us!), you can have as much or as little as you want (as long as it will fit on the plate!), and the facilities for children are great.
Carveries at the George are available all week and the best part is kids (under 12) eat free with a paying adult from Monday to Saturday! Adults are £9.95 Mon-Sat and £10.95 on Sundays and kids are usually £5.95 so it’s a nice saving if you go during the week or on a Saturday.
Disclosure: The George did provide us with a free lunch for the purposes of this review. The opinion I’ve expressed here is my own.
The Park Restaurant, is a cheap, child friendly, hidden gem, attached to the Premier Inn hotel at Hormbeam Park.
Like many I expect, I’ve driven past many times and never really taken much notice of it, well I will now and so should you. Harrogate Mumbler were recently given the opportunity to trial the restaurant and give our feedback to the Mumbler community, and to be honest we were pleasantly surprised.
From the moment you walk in you are greeted with big smiles and a warm welcome whilst being taken to your seats. The restaurant indoors is designed with secluded, but spacious nooks and crannies, ideal for children and families, even when full there’s still an element of privacy. As parents we all know it can be challenging sometimes to keep young children quiet and entertained at the dinner table, but the layout means you are not disturbing other guests whilst your “darlings” decides to have a meltdown.
The restaurant gives out free activity books and crayons to the little ones once seated and there is free wifi for all (accessible without a password) to help save on data charges.
If you choose, there are a considerable number of tables outside for the warmer, summer months if you fancy a bit of alfresco dining or if you happen to wander across the restaurant with your dog.
Adding to the surprises, another thing which caught my eye was the separate baby changing room, not in the usual women’s toilet! Giving Mummies the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax whilst letting Daddy do the changing. Plenty of high chairs are available as well for larger groups of mummies looking for a food venue to meet up and chat.
So what about the food?
The Park is full of amazingly cheap offers, so dependent upon the day and time you’re eating, depends on what you pay.
There are 2 separate children’s menus. The junior size for larger appetites and the main children’s menu. Children’s food can be brought out first if required, instead of altogether. My 4-year-old ordered from the main children’s menu which costs £3.99, after 5pm. This includes either a starter or dessert as well as the main course. If you eat before 5pm it’s an unbelievable £1.99. Yes that’s correct! £1.99 for 2 courses. We ordered this deal just to see how it was possible to provide a 2 course meal for so little, if I’m honest I wasn’t exactly expecting much. Wow is all I can say!
There is something to tempt literally any child’s appetite. The usual sausages, chicken, fish, but then spaghetti Bolognese, various other pasta dishes, build your own pizza, burger, hot dog the list goes on and in addition to this 2 sides out of the 13 are included in the main dish price.
At these prices I expected 1 sausage and a few beans so had to take pictures to show just how much there was……..
The food was freshly made, all well presented as well as piping hot. We ordered 3 courses which included a garlic bread starter and had a fruit shoot too so the total cost was £6.23. The exact same 3 courses and drink before 5pm would have been just £4.23.
The junior menu is for much larger appetites and costs £4.99 for the main course. Meals include steak, curry, fish and chips, scampi and chips etc and the portions are considerably bigger. Starters and desserts cost a little extra with this menu and I’d personally recommend this for older children, 10yr olds plus
During the week there are many eating options, a £4.99 menu for adults before 5pm and 2 courses after 6pm for £10.99. It was an extremely varied table menu and certainly something for everyone’s taste. Gourmet burgers, fabulous fish, hearty pies, great grills including steaks etc to your much more exotic wasabi king prawns and chicken makhani curry amongst others. Food was generously portioned and arrived very promptly. The pudding was huge, far too much for myself, so we had extra spoons so 3 of us could enjoy it.
What I particularly like is the free breakfast for children under 15 when an adult pays full price at £8.99. There is also a free Sunday lunch for Mummies after 2pm for every paying adult so I’m definitely trying out that offer soon.
Very well stocked bar with a collection of real ales and various wines as well as a large collection of soft drinks. I particularly enjoyed the real costa coffee cappuccino.
I would definitely advise to sign up to their table table loyalty card scheme which offers free meals, birthday treats and a point scheme.
So all in all, the various discount offers and cheap prices, the loyalty card, good food, prompt service, friendly staff does makes The Park a great visit throughout the day whether for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal.
All the menus are available online, along with The Parks very easy to use table booking service. www.tabletable.co.uk
Disclosure: The Park did provide us with a free meal for the purposes of this review. The opinion I’ve expressed here is my own.
The mini Mumblers really love a burger and they had heard rumour that there is a place in town where you can get a burger in a donut, with a side of custard (to dip your chips in of course!)
Resistance was futile, and so we made a date to try out “Burgers & More” which is an independent restaurant below the Kimberly Hotel on Kings Road. We went on a Sunday tea time, and whilst it was fairly busy, we hadn’t booked and they managed to fit us in straight away.
The interior is great, it’s below ground but it’s bright and welcoming. There is a good mix of seating and it looked like it would cope with large bookings with ease.
The menu is extensive to say the least!
The kids both ended up choosing off the kids menu (which had a great selection- Chicken Goujons, Fish & chips (from Ramus), “Monster Burger” (with unicorn bread!) Chicken Burger, Southern Fried Chicken, Pasta, Calzone & Pizza, all priced at £5.95 (Oct 2017)
They both chose the monster burgers and were absolutely thrilled with the amazing unicorn bread.
The adult menu is where the magic really happens… The donut burger is actually called the “Trump Burger” (Described in the menu as “that daft it might actually work”) There were 22 different burgers on the regular menu plus 4 specials. Not only could you order them individually, you can choose a few of your favourites and get them in a “tower” which is 2, 3, 4 or 5 burgers in a stack.
As well as the burgers, there is of course the “& More” side of the menu. To be honest I didn’t even bother looking at that. (Why would you? The Burgers are awesome!) If you do want to now about what’s on the rest of the menu, you can see them on the Burgers and More website here
Anyway, back to the Burgers, I chose a special called “Burger Wellington” which was basically beef wellington (garlic mushrooms, pastry and all) but with a burger instead of steak. It was delicious! My husband chose “Jack the Lad” which was a special impregnated with more than a dash of Jack Daniels. He assured me that it was really good although he had wolfed it down before I had the chance to try it myself!
For desert, the kids both chose the sundae which was fantastic value at £2.45 for a massive helping of Vanillis ice-cream with cream, sauce and wafers.
I was extremely impressed with Burgers & More. The staff were really friendly and the food was fantastic. It’s a real gem, an independent family friendly restaurant and I would urge you to get down there to try it for yourself.
Note- I wasn’t invited to review Burgers & More, I just visited with my family.
Win a £20 Burgers & More voucher and a family Embsay Railway ticket for your Schools’ PTA
The owner was delighted when I told him I’d be adding my review to Mumbler and to celebrate he kindly gave me 9 £20 Burgers & More vouchers and 9 family tickets to the Embsay & Bolton Abby railway to give away. We have decided to give these to local school PTA’s so that they can raffle them off to raise funds.
UPDATE- The competition is now closed. These schools have won the vouchers for their PTA’s.
3) Rossett Acre
6) St Wilfrids, Ripon
7) Aspin Park
9) Cundall Manor
If any of you are interested in the Burgers & More food challenge, you can see the competitive eating legend Adam Moran, “Beard Meats Food” demolishing the 100oz twin burger challenge at Burgers & More here.
Cafe Divine on Kings Road (just near Ramus Seafoods) is a small coffee shop/cafe with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
It is run by two ladies Diane and Audrey and they are very welcoming to mums and children. They have two highchairs available, changing mat/wipes etc, and are happy to warm up baby food.
They serve a variety of freshly made sandwiches, hot paninis and wraps, with homemade coleslaw and salad, and delicious homemade cakes and traybakes. They also have free wifi access for all of their customers.
There are three steps up to the cafe, but staff are always on hand to help with lifting buggies and prams in. They also do a childs meal deal of small sandwich or toasted sandwich, plus small dish of grapes or raisins and a fruit squash drink for £2.50.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to take the family for breakfast or lunch, Fodder offers fabulous locally sourced food that the whole family can enjoy. Specialists in organic, fresh and Yorkshire produce, the menu at Fodder serves up a little bit of everything. Choose from a fabulous selection of hot and cold drinks, with fresh locally supplied juices and Taylors of Harrogate tea.
Telephone: 01423 546 111
Address: Fodder Food Hall and Café, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
The Zone, Hornbeam Park.
Cafe indulge have a designated little play room with a few toys for the little people the building also has a few other things going on in it such as: climbing wall, art, and gymnastics.
There is also a playroom with toys and the food is lovely, bright and clean.
Spacious with a varied childrens menu. Plenty of highchairs and a family loo/feeding room. Baby food given free with a minimum spend in the café and kids can eat for free during whe week when an adult meal is purchased.
Mykonos Bar & Grill is a Greek restaurant fully based on an authentic Greek cuisine, feel and atmosphere in the centre of Harrogate. At Mykonos Bar & Grill we offer fresh and homemade dishes from scratch on daily basis also suitable for vegetarians and gluten intolerant people. We are committed to provide a satisfactory experience when dining with us for each and every customer, each and every visit because we cook, work and welcome our customers with love and passion.
Our ambiance is based on e deco balanced between summery and contemporary at the restaurant and bar on the ground floor and contemporary and old coppery rustic at the wine/cocktail bar on the first floor which is called “Harrogate’s Secret”.
Restaurant opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 12:00-22:00
Friday & Saturday 12:00-22:30
Fixed Price Menu Monday to Thursday 17:00-22:00 (2 courses for £13.95) Sunday 17:00-21:00
Lunch Menu Monday to Saturday 12:00-17:00 (2 courses for £10.95)
Sunday Lunch Menu 12:00-17:00 (2 courses for 12.95)
Wine/cocktail bar opening hours:
Wednesday to Sunday 18:00-00:00
The bar accommodates up to 27 people seated, whereas seated and stood up between 35 and 40 people. The bar can be privately booked at no extra cost for groups of 15 people and above any day of the week and any time.
Mykonos Bar & Grill (Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine)
4 Mayfield Grove Harrogate HG1 5HB
Tel: 0142 356 5151 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mykonosbarandgrill.co.uk Facebook
page: https://www.facebook.com/Mykonos-Bar-Grill-597389990444806/ Tripadvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187046-d11891320-Reviews-Mykonos_Bar_Grill-Harrogate_North_Yorkshire_England.html
Wetherby Road. (Starbucks) Highchairs and babychanging facilities available.
Oakdale Place, Harrogate. (No membership required to use the café)
This little known gem is a fantastic cafe to take your kids to. It is extremely family friendly with a massive kids menu. Best of all there is an indoor playroom stuffed full of toys and an enclosed outdoor play areas.
They do a delicious breakfast menu served until 11.30am which makes this place a mumbler favourite for a Sunday brunch with the kids.
Food wise there is everything from pasta, pizzas, toasties, omelettes, free range chicken dippers and delicious homemade fish fingers. kids meals come with a choice of potatoes and veg and a drink. you can have small or large kids portions mostly priced around £4/5.
Known locally as ‘the mucky duck’ The Black Swan is a great place to dine out with children.
In the summer there is a huge beer garden with a slide and a small playground.
There is a great kids menu and the Sunday dinners are a carvery meaning the kids can get stuck in straight wary. The friendly landlord Mark is a dad himself and so knows the score!
There is also a really nice walk from the pub, cross the road, go along Malthouse Lane, turn left through the woods (which is pretty steep so no good for prams), pass the playground on Crimple Meadows, follow the road up towards the Station but turn right on Mill lane. Feed the ducks at the pond, follow path alongside the duck pond which eventually comes out back near the Black Swan.
A gastro-pub with a fantastic menu and plenty of choice for children. It appeals to me because although it welcomes children and families (plenty of highchairs and booster chairs, friendly staff and a children’s menu) it still feels like a civilized place to eat out! The Children’s menu is priced at £5.95 which includes a drink and has a great selection of delicious sounding food
Lund House Green, Harrogate
This place is fully kitted out for kids with a large Wacky Warehouse soft play area. During the week it is usually pretty quiet, the girl who works there is lovely, there is a good selection of coffees/magazines, they run craft sessions during the week. There is a full children’s menu and children are welcome throughout.