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Sunday lunch with the kids - best places in North London- new for 2014

Aaah- there was a time when Sunday lunch was a large glass of wine (or 3), the Sunday newspapers and a generous Sunday roast at a pub- then came North London babies/toddlers -so here is our pick of some of the best family friendly! places for Sunday lunch.


The Orange Tree, Totteridge Lane is a firm family favourite. In a leafy setting, by a duck pond, the pub is perfect for summer (pretty outside area) and winter (roaring log fires). On a Sunday there is a 2- course Sunday lunch offer from £13.95. Remember to book first! If you are feeling adventurous there is a fantastic walk across the fields from Totteridge to Mill Hill Village within a few 100 metres of the pub.

A good find is The Adam and Eve, Mill Hill. The pub has been recently refurbished and offers modern stripped floors and eclectic furniture. North London Toddler loves the arm chairs and mirror in the hallway. Even better, there is a secluded walled garden at the rear with a tree house for kids- heaven. Great selection of wines and a Sunday Roast menu make it a perfect choice for family Sunday lunch. Recently awarded 3 stars in a Time Out Review here.

Just off Upper Street, Islington, The Albion is a great Sunday retreat. It has a large walled garden for summer lunching and cosy log fires for the winter. An extensive Sunday lunch menu also includes a kids menu with roast beef or roast chicken and trimmings.

Another good option is The Freemasons Arms, Downshire Hill, Hampstead. It is a sister pub to The Orange Tree (above) and also offers a substantial 2-course Sunday lunch for £13.95. Bloody Mary's are also on offer if you feel adventurous! This pub has a fresh  new decor inside and a fab garden which is great for toddling children in the summer. Walk off the Sunday roast with a brisk walk on Hampstead Heath which is just across the road!

The Ranelagh in Bounds Green has a fantastic covered terrace and large garden area, fantastic for the summer months. It prides itself on great Sunday roasts and has a good reputation as being very family friendly.

A recent find is The Gate in Arkley. If you fancy venturing down leafy Totteridge lane then this pub is a great find- large menu, reasonably prices, and good kids options. No booking though so don't leave it too late!

Maybe not an obvious choice but The Grafton in Kentish Town is a fantastically restored traditional pub  with a fabulous kitchen- try the roast chicken. Kids are welcome and although there's no fixed kids menu the staff are very helpful. Loads of board games and papers too to get stuck in to.


If you don't fancy a Sunday pub lunch, then the Delisserie is a good choice.  With branches in Mill Hill and Temple Fortune, the Delisserie offers a New York Deli and grill experience. There is a great kids menu, ranging from chicken soup to hot salt beef to fresh goujons.

An old time favourite (since this North London Mum was a child!) is the Camden Brasserie serving a delicious range of pastas, burgers, salads and amazing fries! Children can have a half portion of any dish at half price.

We also love St. James Restaurant and Bar in Crouch End. There is a great children's menu with lots to tempt form burgers to pasta and even steak! The restaurant has a children's entertainer on a Sunday from 1.30 to 3.30pm to keep the little ones amused while you enjoy your lunch.

For a delicious brunch, head to Kalendars in Highgate.  There is an all day breakfast menu, as well as a great range  of other meals and ample outside seating if the weather is good. Situated a few minutes walk from Parliament Hill playing ground, Kalendars is a good pitstop before heading off to the park.

We also love Feast in Muswell Hill- this wonderful cafe saved us on a very rainy Sunday over Christmas- great range of reasonably priced food- including a wide range of breakfast options. And if you fancy you can take home some food from the deli next door. Or if you are very lazy yo can order from their deli online...Yum.

We'd love to hear your feedback on the places we have mentioned here- or have you got more recommendations? Please let us know!

Anonymous 3 December 2011 at 17:00 said...

We tried Kalendar today followed by a walk on Parliament Hill - lovely!

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