Dining out with children can sometimes be a nightmare but it doesn’t have to be. Just because you’re a parent, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do the things you enjoy in life. If for you, enjoying a lovely meal in a restaurant is one of those things, don’t let having children stop that. Ultimately, there’s nothing better than sharing those amazing moments and memories with your children.
Here are our top tips for dining out with children!
Always book a table
We all know how stressful it can be getting out and about with children. There’s nothing worse than turning up to your planned restaurant only to be turned away. If that happens you’ve got to think on your feet and hope for the best at the next restaurant you try. You can avoid disappointment by booking a table and making everything run much smoother.
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Check the time
Depending on what time you’re dining, check what time children are allowed in until. Some restaurants do have set times that they allow children in until. Allow plenty of time to enjoy your food. After a lovely meal, the last thing you want to be doing is rushing to finish, pay the bill and leave.
Let the restaurant know you’re coming with children
If you let the restaurant know in advance that you’re coming with children, it helps to ensure that you’ve got a suitable table and seating arrangement. This way highchairs will be in place, ready for your arrival.
Check the children’s menu
No one knows your child better than you. Have a look at the menu and make sure that there’s options on there that your children will enjoy. This can especially be an issue for fussy eaters although most children’s menus are quite simple. Don’t be afraid to ask the restaurant to remove or add things to the meal. If the restaurant doesn’t have a specific children’s menu, they generally do small portions of the main menu.
Yes, we know you’re bored, fidgety and wanting to cause a bit of mischief. The moment your child starts having a tantrum in a restaurant is the worst. You just want to floor to swallow you up. Don’t worry, most people understand. This is where your bag of tricks comes in handy. Bring a colouring book, their favourite toy or tablet with you. Keeping them entertained will make your meal so much more enjoyable and relaxing.
Give yourself one less thing to think about. We’ll book the table for you, pass on any requirement and keep you updated. You can amend you booking by the click of a button. It really doesn’t get much easier than that.