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Shivi Ramoutar’s Top 5 Child-Friendly Restaurants in West London

Caribbean chef, author and co-founder and head chef of Spoon Shivi Ramoutar shares her top 5 child-friendly restaurants in west London.

Shivi says, ‘Since having my now two-year-old son, finding restaurants where the food is great, service is quick, attentive and friendly, and obviously appreciative of the tantrum-potential in tow (not me, for clarification) has been key (I must mention though, if we ever get to “that” stage with LittleFoot, we do promptly leave with takeaway. Considerate diners are we!). Here are the ones we keep going back to…’

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Santa Maria Chelsea. Shivi says, ‘Their Santa Caterina pizza is perhaps my favourite pizza in London. The staff are so pleasant.  The vibe is chilled and with a neighbourhood feel. We can eat and drink in a whirlwind 45 minutes, if necessary. Lovely easy-drinking and well-priced wine list.  Did I mention the insane scotch bonnet (I believe) chilli oil that you will literally want to drizzle over everything?!’

Santa Maria, 94 Waterford Road, SW6 2HA


Dishoom Kensington

Dishoom High Street Kensington. Shivi says, ‘My heart near-exploded when I heard Dishoom was to open off High Street Kensington. Joy of joys to be able to enjoy their bacon naan roll again with LittleFoot in tow. I’d come here for any meal of the day with him, but their breakfasts are brilliant. Lots of options for the whole family, from fresh fruit and yoghurt to fried chicken livers. I dare a fussy eater to not find something on this menu to enjoy. Try to stay long enough to keep refilling the heavenly house chai.’

Dishoom, 4 Derry Street, W8 5SE


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The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Shivi says, ‘For special occasions when the weather is deliciously warm, it is definitely worth having an early 5pm dinner if you can snag one outside. I book a table at 4.30pm and sit in the garden with a drink while LittleFoot explores. There is a wide range of options on the menu (plus a children’s menu, if you choose), the staff are attentive to the children’s needs and something about eating outdoors keeps the kids quieter for longer!’

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 195–197 King’s Road, SW3 5EQ


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The Corner House Brook Green. Shivi says, ‘This bright, airy all-day eatery/café has a comforting and varied menu (with fantastic ingredients) and great coffee. It is definitely geared towards families, has an awesome play area for children with well-chosen toys, and a great deli to buy some special jars of jams, pickles, sourdough bread and the like. Really great for those moments where you want to get out of the house for a fuss-free bite and have a little downtime afterwards while your child plays and you enjoy that much-needed coffee.’

The Corner House, 102–104 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7PD


Granger and Co Avocado Toast

Granger & Co. Notting Hill/Chelsea. Shivi says, ‘This gem has a massive, mouth-watering menu with lots of sharing potential in the colourful dishes, giving the little ones opportunity to taste new flavours whilst satisfying an adult tastebud too! It’s busy and buzzing which is great for allowing you not to feel self-conscious with any ruckus happening amongst your family! Great that you can book for dinner at the newest Chelsea branch too.’

Granger & Co., 175 Westbourne Grove, W11 2SB; 237 Pavilion Road SW1X 0BP

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