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Baby-friendly restaurants in London: Henrietta, Covent Garden

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Baby-Friendly Restaurants in London

By Emily Lawler

The Henrietta Hotel—boutique, bohemian and painstakingly thought out—houses Ollie Dabbous’s new venture, Henrietta. It is beautiful and chic and tasteful but also, despite its high-endedness, comfortable and almost casual. Almost.

Henrietta is trendy, Prada bag territory but no one seemed especially perturbed by my seven-month-old accessory. He did squawk a few times and it wasn’t quite loud enough in the restaurant to cover us. The highchairs here are very sleek and attractive, which complements the décor but also means that Max sort of slid around in it a bit and in the end preferred to be held. This is hardly a complaint though. Sorry that your highchairs are too nice. I mean come on. I am picking holes where there are no holes.

Henrietta Hotel

Henrietta ticks all the boxes for excellent food and almost all the boxes for child-friendliness. The service was also excellent—we were very late arriving to our reservation (I called because I’m not a savage) and they were beyond gracious about it.  In future though I would ask for a less central table if dining with a baby to avoid each squeal becoming a focal point for everyone and their lovely handbags.

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What’s good? My ribeye was superb, as was the lamb, the white peach and burrata perfectly delicate and the chocolate truffles infused with pencil shavings were bizarrely wonderful.

Kid-friendly? Yes darling, of course.

RATING

✓baby change facilities—downstairs, there’s a lift via reception

✓highchairs available

✓cool with breastfeeding—some tables are more secluded than others

✗loads of other parents

✓space for buggies—but it is an either/or if you also want a highchair due to space

✗children’s menu

✗toys/play area

For more information, visit: www.henriettahotel.com

Emily Lawler

Emily Lawler is a new mum (but an old foodie) who reviews restaurants from a parent’s perspective for their kid-friendliness. She also hosts monthly foodie family meet-ups across London. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or just check out her blog at mamaneedsamimosa.com.

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