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Three great lunch spots with toddlers in Bristol

It’s not easy, it’s usually not totally relaxing, but sometimes it is nice to stop for lunch somewhere that’s built for adults and caters for kids. There are wonderful play cafes here in Bristol which serve food (I go on and on about this, but we are so lucky to have so many here, very few cities do). But, if you’ve got a hankering for food that you’d like to eat and want somewhere your children will be welcome, and slightly entertained, here are three to try which I recommend.


This was a big surprise to me, I had no idea they were so kid-friendly. My Byron memories are about beers, lingering hand holding across the dimly lit table, and burgers in Hoxton with my now husband. But now I know that the Bristol Byron staff are so utterly charming with children, that crayons, colouring books and stickers were magicked to our table, and that the kids menu is wallet, size and health appropriate for a toddler, I’ll be back again for more memories!


The Steam Crane

This pub in Bedminster was re-fitted last year and is very welcoming to families, and dogs, if you’ve got one. There’s a box of toys and all the food can be made in half portions for children. Tables are big enough for a nice family gathering. The food is pretty delicious, especially the pies.

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The Knowle

This is my new local, it’s opened in the last two weeks. We popped in for early dinner on Monday and we weren’t disappointed. Not only does it look superb (owned by the same folks that own ZaZus, The Grace and The Greenbank, but they couldn’t have batted less of an eyelid at our pouty, shouty pre-bedtime dining companion, and the fish goujons and chips, with fresh peas, were fresh and delicious. I’ll be doing a grown up review of The Knowle later on, as I’ve got ‘night out plans’ to go there too!


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