Well now, whether it’s breast or bottle, we’ve all got to feed our babies somewhere. So why not make it somewhere awesome? Here’s my ten best ideas for places with a view for you to look at whilst the kids tuck in. Not on the list is my all time weirdest breastfeed, the donkey enclosure at HorseWorld, which is now sadly closed. It’d probably be in the top three if it was open!
Outside the Arnolfini Cafe, on the benches. Personally, I think it’s the best placed picnic table in town. There’s two of them and they have an incredible dockside view. There is one mega benefit too – you can get coffee and the world’s best home-made jam doughnut from the Arnolfini to keep you company.
Brunel’s Buttery, Wapping Road. Smack bang on the south side of the docks, Brunel’s is a small cabin with outdoor benches and a great view of the passing maritime goings on. It’s also a magnet for all walks of life, so there’ll be plenty of earwigging fun. I like to think pirates eat chips in a cone here, in regular clothes, just to fool us.
Clifton downs, Suspension Bridge view. Well why not sit where no doubt old Isambard himself probably had a wee snack and daydream about where everyone’s off to in the cars crossing the bridge?
Perrett’s Park, at the top. As a South Bristol person, I think this park is a real find. A view everywhere you look, and if you have kids you want to tire out, you can simply get them to play on the hill. There’s a cute little playground at the bottom too.
Mrs Browns Cafe, Victoria Park. Another beautiful park view, another opportunity to perhaps make new friends. The ladies here were the first people to ever talk to me when I moved here, and they were so welcoming and helpful. There’s great coffee, peaceful seating and a cool playground within toddling distance.
Brandon Hill Park. This is the view from Cabot Tower, but you, intrepid outdoor feeder, could be sat on one of those benches, right there. What a view! Lovely quiet gardens and and the occasional fancy ice cream van, I heard the other day.
Coombe Dingle/Blaise Castle Estate. Not suggesting you crouch on a rock, proffering a Tommy Tippee at a confused baby, but this place is magical. It’s also got an actual castle in case you fancy some Game of Thrones roleplay, and, a children’s playground.
So, where are your favourites? What have I missed? As a newcomer to the city, I’m keen to hear of more secret places.