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Child Friendly Restaurants

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Child Friendly Restaurants

E39 is a child-friendly venue where your hosts, Italian by heritage, provide an incredibly genuine welcome. Their menu is packed with kids’ favourites, from Margherita and Parma pizzas, crafted in a top-of-the-line pizza oven, to popular pasta dishes like Penne Napoletana and Carbonara. If that’s not enough to entice, their hand-cut chips and garlic bread are always a hit with the kids.

Whether you’re craving handmade pasta, the city’s best pizza, or delectable desserts like Nona’s Tiramisu, you’re in for a treat with food crafted by very capable hands.

If you’re looking to feed the family, an Italian restaurant is always a safe go-to with something for everyone. Al Duomo in the North Laine has been feeding families for more than 40 years, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing. There are high chairs and changing facilities to cover the basics then a children’s menu for under 12s which will keep them well fed on quality, affordable and freshly made staples for under a tenner. 

Winner of multiple national awards, Curry Leaf Cafe in the Lanes is a fine example of what a contemporary Indian restaurant should be like. Vibrantly decorated and relaxed atmosphere, the menu is an authentic taste of street food, with some milder and slightly more familiar dishes on an entirely separate kid’s menu.

The entire family is welcome at Cin Cin, and while there isn’t a specific children’s menu, the chefs are more than happy to adapt dishes to suit their preferences, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the authentic Italian dishes. Highchairs are available, and there’s a courtyard for sunny afternoon seating. Please make a note when booking that you’ll be bringing the little ones so that you can be seated appropriately.

Donatello certainly knows what they are doing when it comes to authentic and delicious Italian food. It is also a known fact that when kids are asked what they fancy for tea, the answer is 9 times out of 10 pizza or pasta. That is why we recommend this brilliant, long-standing favourite in the city to anyone looking for a place to please their little ones at dinner time.

English’s of Brighton is a pretty grown-up restaurant but they are happy to welcome the younger members of your family. In fact, it could just be the perfect place for an intergenerational treat. The Kid’s menu is a cut above with a selection of seafood dishes designed to appeal to the younger diner and some alternative options for those who think it’s all a bit fishy! There’s sticky toffee pudding or ice cream for afters and a drawing competition to enter if a little distraction is needed too. Highchairs are available.

Families with children are warmly welcomed at Jo and Co. A dedicated kids menu offers options like pancakes and a build-your-own breakfast, ensuring young ones enjoy a satisfying meal. As the day progresses, the menu extends to encompass a variety of lunch and dinner dishes for kids too. The establishment is well-equipped to cater to families, featuring ample high chairs, convenient changing facilities, and engaging colouring books to keep little ones entertained while you dine.

At LatinoAmerica in Hove you’ll get to enjoy some of the best steaks in Brighton and beautifully balanced robust wines from South America, a country famed for both. But you don’t need to save a visit to the city’s first Argentinian restaurant for date night. Available Monday to Thursday in LatinoAmerica. There’s a special children’s menu with two courses for £9.50 and children under 10 eat for free with an accompanying adult who’s eating (one child per adult). The menu in this Hove restaurant is available between 5 and 6.45pm which you can combine with the early evening specials menu, which theoretically means a family of four can enjoy a two-course meal each for less than £40 (Please check pricing as this can go out of date).

In Spain la Familia is praised and cherished everywhere you go, this familial inclusion is reflected in their hospitality industry, as such it is rare to find a restaurant or bar that won’t welcome the little ones. True to its Spanish influences, Market Restaurant in Hove welcomes you and your little people to come to enjoy their great vibes and Spanish tapas in the heart of Hove.

The Brighton Metropole Bar is a wonderful choice for families with children. They offer a dedicated children’s menu, ensuring there are options to suit their tastes. Little ones will love dishes like the Mini Metropole Burger, a perfect-sized treat, and the Crispy Fish Fingers with chips. The bar also provides essential facilities such as high chairs, changing facilities, and even colouring equipment to keep the young ones entertained. Located on Brighton seafront, the Metropole Bar combines delicious food, breathtaking views, and family-friendly amenities, making it a great choice for a memorable dining experience with your children in tow.

Nestled in Kemptown Village, Nanima Asian Kitchen provides an intimate and friendly spot for lunch and dinner. With a pick-and-mix, canteen-style service of pan-Asian dishes, it’s easy to create you and your little ones’ perfect meals. At Nanima you are safe in the knowledge that the food your family will eat is healthy, tasty and made with well-sourced produce. There are cakes available too, so if a sweet treat is on the cards then head over to peruse the cake counter.

When thinking of Mediterranean food for kids, it’s usual to think of pasta and pizza, but who also doesn’t love chips in a pitta? Nostos is a Hove restaurant which offers a children’s menu that’s packed with hidden away goodness and familiar favourites. The modern restaurant is light and airy with friendly staff and a grown-up menu that’s packed with classic Greek cuisine and modern inspirations.

Being situated right on the Brighton beach and next to the Palace Pier OhSo Social is a perfect spot for the whole family. Kids get their own dedicated menu at this Brighton restaurant with seaside classics such as fish and chips being a popular favourite. It’s also the perfect venue to teach your children the valuable life skills learnt by all Brightonians, how to defend your dinner from seagulls!

Kids love pizza and Purezza, on St James’ Street, loves kids. Their 100% plant-based menu has a dedicated kids section with four pizza options that you can pimp with extra veg if you have an animal-loving, plant-devouring bambini in tow. How much will this set you back? Well, if the animal-loving, plant-devouring bambini is under 11 and accompanied by an animal-loving, plant-devouring adult who’s eating off the main menu then it’s free. Kids’ drinks and desserts are also available, they’re not free, but you’ll still walk away with change in your pocket from this Kemptown restaurant.

Visiting Rockwater with a family in tow is a breeze. The stunning seafront located multi-venue in Hove is fully equipped for hosting families of all ages. You’ll find ample buggy space in all the venues and lifts to all floors for easy access. The beauty of this multi-kitchen venue is that there’s a cuisine to suit all palates, so should you be accompanied by a fussy eater, you’ll be able to amend your reservation accordingly. 

The children’s menu at Petit Pois was created with the same ethos in mind as the main a la carte menu. Head chef David cooks with seasonal, fresh ingredients creating modern French bistro dishes. For children, try the traditional Toulouse sausage or grilled fish with greens. The children’s menu at this Brighton restaurant is affordably priced with a main and dessert coming in at under a tenner so both the adults and the kids will be happy.

The Salt Room has a great reputation for being one of the best seafood joints in town, but they are also a prime family-friendly venue. Preferring home-cooked wholesome food to your average deep-fried fare, their menu has been carefully designed to be nutritious, delicious and easy on the wallet too! Children can enjoy a delicious main and dessert for £7.50

Indulge in the homemade brunch delights for the kids at The New Club on Brighton seafront. For breakfast try their mouthwatering scrambled eggs or fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup. For lunch and dinner, savour their scrumptious mini-burger with fries. Alternatively, enjoy their southern fried chicken bites. Crayons available, high chairs and baby changing facilities. 

When out on the beach with the family sometimes it can be tricky to find a restaurant that caters for everyone’s foodie needs and we often settle for the fail-safe fish and chips. Not at Shelter Hall, with seven outstanding Brighton restaurants to choose from and the perk of a pick and mix order, just settling to please the kids is not an option.  

Levelling up kids food but keeping it tasty for sensitive palates, Terre a Terre takes their kids offering seriously, it’s well considered and creative – no beans on toast here! If you’re raising your brood veggie then treat them to the innovative child friendly dishes that are created at this pioneering restaurant. Indulge them in a little pre-dinner fun with the complimentary addition of Wikki Stix to your table. Fun for the whole family, not just the children!

Wabi Sabi welcomes all the family, making sure that everyone, including the children, feel right at home. Having children too, owners Ken and Sukita understand that kids like their own choices, which is why they offer a set menu just for children. The kids’ menu includes a starter, a nutritious and healthy main course, and a drink. For an extra treat, you can add a dessert. Wabi Sabi also have highchairs at the ready – bring your family and let Wabi Sabi take care of the rest! 

The Spanish are famous for their familial hospitality, and Tinto Taperia is true to form. While not officially offering a kids menu, this exquisite Spanish restaurant’s offering can be enjoyed by the whole family. You can expect authentic tapas favourites, seasonal specials and paella made to order. From the drinks, you’ll find great wines and spirits that hail from Spain. Set in the North Laine, with views of The Pavilion, you’ll find you’re in the ideal spot for enjoying authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Coppa Club, an all-day dining restaurant in Brighton that oozes coolness so much the kid’s might not even mind being spotted with you here. With plenty of space, no need to worry about your little ones around other guests, and the kid’s menu will no doubt be a hit. Under 12s get a three-course menu to chose from, including a drink, at an affordable set price.

Wild Flor is renowned for its mix of classic cookery, interesting and unusual wines and outstanding service. It’s a place where you can relax in luxury and feel thoroughly taken care of. You don’t need to reserve your visit to Wild Flor for special occasions and babysitters as they cater for children. The children’s menu changes seasonally and typically offers bread and a soft drink, a choice of two mains and a dessert. 

Lavash is a family friendly Brighton restaurant serving freshly made authentic Middle Eastern food in the very heart of Brighton. Located between the station and the beach, the North Laine and the Lanes and close to Churchill Square, it’s an affordable independent restaurant well worth a visit. There’s plenty of seating with the second floor dining area being something of an oasis in the city. The food is fresh and good quality and there’s something for everyone. For the kids there are falafel and hummus wraps and chicken wraps with pilaf bulgur. Both offer something tasty and healthy for them to enjoy. Dinner is served from 5pm making this a good spot for ending a family day in Brighton. 

Cafes

Brighton Regency Routemaster provides a romantic setting that’s out of the ordinary, beautifully nostalgic and downright delicious. Take a ride in their stunning restored 1960s Routemaster and experience Brighton’s most iconic and historic sites, while being serenaded by 60s classics. Savouring a traditional British afternoon tea on an original Routemaster will certainly be a date to remember. The afternoon tea is made up of lashings of homemade sweet pastries, savoury patisseries, cakes and sandwiches. They’re available for all dietary requirements and to top off, you’ll have the option of adding the extra fizz of Prosecco or a Brighton Gin cocktail, to accompany your journey.

Tucked away in the Lanes is Lost in the Lanes. So named, we think because you are likely to stay lost there for a while. It’s an oasis of calm from the interior of soft light, neutral tones and mirrored walls creating a sense of space. The cafe is open daily serving brunch and elevated lunches that offer a welcome reprieve to the bustling Lanes. High chairs and changing facilities are available.

Those of you with young ones will know that the baby-chino boom is in full swing. At Knoops, baby-chinos come free with every drink purchased. They offer hot chocs in small for little ones with a sweet tooth and if your mini-me must, then there are giant marshmallows on offer, too. The cafe offers these chocolatey treats for a drink in or takeaway. They also have a healthy spread of patisserie treats on offer, which include; croissants, macaroons, brownies and many more.

Moksha Cafe, situated near the North Laine, is an ever-popular destination with a lively atmosphere. With speciality coffee and fresh homemade good quality food, Moksha is a great spot for families coming into Brighton for a spot of shopping with a dedicated kids menu, buggy space and high chairs.

Starfish and Coffee have twice won a BRAVO for their breakfast offering. Situated on the edge of Queen’s Park it’s the perfect place to fuel up before or after some playtime or duck feeding (remember, don’t feed ducks bread, lettuce is best). Turn up any morning and you’ll find it buzzing with families tucking into pancake stacks, hashes and breakfasts.

Welcoming the whole family, the Brighton i360 cafes are fully equipped with highchairs and changing facilities, ensuring a comfortable experience for parents and children alike. The menu offers a variety of options tailored to young palates, including toasted paninis, pastries, and savoury treats, guaranteeing a satisfying dining experience for little ones. After a leisurely stroll along the beach, the Tollbooth Café & Bar is the perfect spot to pause and enjoy refreshments with your family.

The Cherry Tree is one of the lovely little independents located in Brighton Marina. It’s a cosy cafe and kids will love the menu which features plenty of brunch and lunch options as well as tea and cake. After eating you can take a trip to the nearby cinema and bowling alley to make a day of it.

Pubs

Located in the bustling Brighton Lanes area and just a short walk from the beach, Oculist would make a perfect pit-stop with the kids for a tasty lunch or dinner. Oculist boasts plenty of large open spaces and a multi-level roof terrace – great for a sunny afternoon. Visit Oculist for their delicious Middle Eastern menu or simply stop by to quench your thirst. There’s an 8pm kids curfew for the evening transitioning into DJ sets. 

*The kitchen at the Oculist will be closed until spring 2024

One of Brighton’s well-known pubs, The Black Lion, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Not only does The Black Lion have a good reputation for a music-filled night out, but it’s amazing food is also the attraction to many people. The Black Lion is child-friendly providing high-chairs, a kids menu with options for toddlers and baby changing.

Situated near the western end of Hove Lawns, The Better Half Pub is a thriving part of the local community, with welcoming and laid back atmosphere that’s inclusive for all. The pub food draws in visitors from all over Brighton and Hove, it’s freshly made and seasonal and Sunday roasts are nearly always a sell-out. There’s a kids menu with a small selection to choose from and on a Sunday, The Better Half offer a half portion for children.

The Chimney House is located near to the popular area of Seven Dials in central Brighton. Offering a wide array of delicious pub fare, the menu caters to everyone, including a dedicated selection for children. Favourites like fish and chips and macaroni and cheese are sure to please young palates. Additionally, on Sundays, children receive a complimentary scoop of ice cream after enjoying their roast. Families will appreciate the provided amenities such as changing facilities, games, and colouring books complete with pencils.

A bit of a Brighton institution, The Dorset is a pub you just can’t help but return to again and again. An added plus is that it is family-friendly, with a very reasonably priced children’s menu and table activities to keep the little terrors busy. The food is freshly prepared in house and ample outside seating is available during the weekends if being cooped up inside is a little challenging!

Head to The Farm Tavern in Hove for a pub that’s warm, welcoming and happy to host you and your brood. Although cosy, the pub is deceptively spacious, with a large and bright dining space on the first floor. Food-wise, there’s an Eastern European small plates menu available Thursday-Saturday. On a Sunday you can enjoy a roast with a kid’s roast offer for under 12’s.

The New Inn in Hurstpierpoint is just 15 minutes outside of Brighton surrounded by luscious Sussex countryside, it boasts a one-third acre sun-trap garden with large, contained, children’s play area. They have a dedicated children’s menu and on Sunday’s children can pick from the five or six strong roast selection with smaller portions served at half price. High chairs and changing facilities are also available.

The Roundhill Pub invites the whole family! Whether you’re stopping by for a catch-up, a weeknight dinner, or a Sunday roast treat, everyone is welcome. The little ones will be well taken care of, the kitchen can accommodate with smaller versions (at a reduced price). Highchairs and changing facilities are available for added convenience.

Overlooking Hove Lagoon means Gather Inn is a destination venue with a view! The venue is part pub, part restaurant and has the extra benefit of having accommodation attached. If your family is visiting then this a great all-purpose place to bed them for the weekend. From the food you can expect a mix of traditional English classics, such as bangers and mash and with warming homemade pies. There are also great international options for the more adventurous members of the family to enjoy. Children will be able to choose from the kids menu, which at £8 for a main course and a scoop of ice cream, is a bargain!

Just ten minutes out of central Brighton in Patcham you’ll find the ‘true community’ pub, The Ladies Mile. This pub welcomes children and you’ll find a kid’s menu on both the bar menu and Sunday roast menu. Outside in the garden there’s an enclosed play area to keep the children entertained.

Welcoming folk of the Preston Park area and beyond, The Cleveland Arms is the definition of a community pub. The venue itself has been recently refurbished into a modern and light but cosy and welcoming space, overlooking the beautiful green space of Blakers Park. Offering plenty of food and drink options for children, The Cleveland Arms boasts a large outside seating area, situated on a quiet and residential street, with a play area just over the road.

Countryside

The Jolly Sportsman is situated close to the South Downs National Park and is a quaint haven away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here you can expect to let the children wander free in this big Sussex pub garden, where there is plenty of nature, space inside and out, and the kids have their own changing dedicated menu. Options usually include sausages, fish goujons, chicken goujons served with chips and peas. Or pasta with tomato sauce and cheese. The dessert menu includes a chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream or ice cream and honeycomb. Children’s Sunday roast options include roast pork, beef, or celeriac.

Terra Restaurant warmly welcomes the entire family, offering a dedicated Little Totts Menu to ensure children feel right at home. Starters can easily double as main courses, and some dishes are available in smaller portions. The restaurant provides highchairs and changing facilities for your convenience. For a more relaxed atmosphere, head to the Olive Lounge, complete with a cosy fireplace. Outside, the alfresco dining area boasts an idyllic countryside garden—perfect for little ones to run around and play while you enjoy an aperitif.

Woodfire Camping, a family-run Sussex campsite which also serves up delicious food, is the ultimate child-friendly destination. For knackered parents, camping can feel like a bit much, but owners Stella and Griff make it easy by taking care of the cooking. Cooking on the fire is all part of the camping fun, but if you need the night off, you can pull up a bench and enjoy the live fire cooking, local produce and conviviality. The campsite encourages quiet voices after 10:30pm so that little ones (and big ones) can get some much needed rest. There are fun games to play, friendly pubs to walk to and sandy beaches to visit. Children under three camp free. Anyone for lemonade? 

More green time means less screen time! Get the family into the swing of regular exercise and outdoor time with Mannings Heath Wine Estate and Golf Club. The Vineyard Kitchen is open to club members and non-members alike for breakfast through to early evening lunch. For the young Tiger Woods or Karen Stupples in your family, there is an excellent menu of freshly prepared, kid-approved classics to pick from, all made with top quality ingredients to keep fit, healthy and happy. 

A great spot if you want to take the kids to the Sussex countryside. Formerly, two pubs, the Magpie and the Sportsman, the Grade II listed buildings were knocked through into one over recent years and this traditional ‘beer house’ has been part of the village’s heritage for some years. Situated north of Hurstpierpoint at Goddards Green.

The Cider Tap on Wobblegate Farm is a superb location for a family get-together. The idyllic countryside setting allows for plenty of space for the children to run around while, if inclined, the adults can enjoy the cider that is stocked there. The Syndicate Kitchen is the team behind the epic food offering. You’ll find a menu of street food from around the globe on a weekly rotation, yummy, finger-food-friendly brunches (they’re served in buns) on Saturdays and Sundays there’s the Sunday Feast, where if you’re under 12 you eat half price and under five you’ll eat for free! (Call ahead to check open hours)