It’s not always easy eating out with the kids, but sometimes the city’s restaurants go and surprise you…
On paper, these restaurants don’t look family-friendly. In fact, you’d think they’d hate kids. But in reality, they give them a warm welcome. They all have easy access for buggies, high chairs on demand and a menu that will make feeding the little ones incredibly easy, but that’s not the only reason to go. Find out why these eateries are a sure-fire hit with the kids.
It’s the kind of place you go for a romantic meal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the kids to Gusto. In fact, they’ve gone all out to keep the little ones happy. The kids have their own dedicated menu and they can even get involved in the cooking, with their Make Your Own Pizzas and Burgers – watch them don a chef’s hat while they add their favourite toppings. The menu also doubles as an activity sheet for the kids once they’re done playing chef.
Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Cafe
It’s nestled in one of the city’s most extravagant stores and boasts a menu that’s designed to impress, but Harvey Nichols makes just as much effort for its younger diners. They have a special kids menu with easy-win dishes like cheesy pasta, chicken nuggets and meatballs, but that’s not all that awaits here – you can also keep the kids entertained with their colouring activity book.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Cafe, Victoria Leeds, 107-111 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6AZ.
It’s an extravagant, over-the-top restaurant and it feels like there’s something the kids could break around every turn, but that hasn’t put Cosy Club off. They welcome little guests with activity packs – can they help Douglas the Dodo to retrieve 20 hot air balloons? The kids’ menu has familiar dishes like Breaded Chicken Lollipops, but you can also treat them to their own little tapas board.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.
A Brazilian steak restaurant may sound like an expensive option for a family outing, but Fazenda makes it too good to miss. The kids will love having their meat carved at the table, and if you’ve got adventurous eaters, they can try unusual options like chicken hearts. It’s not as expensive as you’d think either – in fact, it’s free for kids under 5, £6.70 for kids aged 5-8 and £10.30 for kids aged 9-12. They also have an activity pack with games and puzzles.
Fazenda, Waterman’s Place, Unit 4-7 Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.
Fine dining isn’t usually something you can share with the kids, unless you go to Crafthouse that is. They don’t serve the usual kid-friendly fodder, instead they make their own family favourites, like fillet of beef with French fries and pepper ketchup or roast chicken breast with creamed potatoes and carrots. It’s not the cheapest menu, but the kids will be as well fed as you are.
Crafthouse, Level 5, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.