"upmarket restaurant in Kensington"

Guest post from Mummy…

Remember the Oxo Tower? The Palais du Jardin? The Ivy? Oh, erm, no – I never did manage to get a reservation there, unless you count the one for dinner on a Monday in 7 months time, at 3.47pm, table back by 4.30 please…

Anyway, those were the days, weren’t they? The days before the kids had us eschewing the fine dining in London that we were used to. Yes, those days, the ones which relied on a dual income, plenty of free time, and table manners! Going out for a meal is now more likely to involve booster seats, and me choosing pasta carbonara, so that the kids can satisfy their puny appetites by picking off my plate.

Or so I thought. We were invited to sample the new children’s menu at the Aubrey Restaurant, part of the luxury Kensington Hotel in London. We had tickets to the Lion King for the Bug’s 5th birthday, so we opted to have lunch beforehand, and nervously pitched up to the hotel foyer, complete with a pack of kids snacks for later, just in case! What happened next was rather out of the ordinary…

"fine dining with children"

As they waited for their mocktails, my children perused their menu. Drawn in by the names of the dishes, they were keen to get started on the Alice in Wonderland dessert – fruit kebabs with ice-cream and chocolate sauce. But they managed to wolf down their very child-friendly main courses first. GG is a classic simple food lover. No sauces please, and the plainer the better. Guess what? Pasta with cheese was on the menu! So was burger and chips – grown-up look, but kid-friendly, and made with great quality ingredients.

The children’s food came very quickly, the portion sizes were child-friendly, and there was no problem with them having dessert while we lingered over our wine and main courses. To sneak a peak at the menus before you book, here is the children’s menu.

Now with all this focus on making the children happy, you’d guess me and Actually Daddy would be bored, but just take a look at what was on offer for us:

"5 star dining in London"

Just like the good old days…

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