Family meals can take many guises and different types of family need different things from a restaurant. No single eatery in Jersey can cater for picky eaters, boisterous toddlers, sulky teenagers, unadventurous older relatives, beloved pets and major family celebrations but my 5 family picks should have something for families of all shapes and sizes.
Deep fried anything is a hit with kids of all ages so a trip to Seafish’s St Helier or St Aubin premises is ideal for the hungry masses. The funky bright interiors make for a relaxed atmosphere, so there is no need to sacrifice style. Little ones are well catered for with a special menu priced at £6.95 featuring many of their favourite treats. The full menu features a whole host of fishy treats and a smaller selection of meat dishes and even gluten free options. What’s more, diners can choose from battered, crumbed and grilled fish as well as other seafood specials so you are bound to find something for even the pickiest or health conscious of eaters (as long as they aren’t vegan). Seafish also do takeaway so if you are at the St Aubin’s branch and the weather is smiling on you, you could enjoy a classic British treat of fish & chips on the beach and let the little darlings run wild on the sand.
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THE PORTELET INN
Judging by my nephew’s love of a soft play area The Portelet Inn is probably most kids pick for a family outing. For them the star of the show is undoubtedly Pirate Pete’s indoor adventure playground, complete with slide and ball pit, and outdoor galleon ship. They can run themselves ragged in relative safety giving you the chance to catch your breath for a few minutes in Mamma’s Kitchen. The menu of pub favourites and pizza offers a wide enough choice to satisfy most hungry bellies, as well as a special kids menu and even a lobster menu for those who can’t resist the seaside setting.
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It’san oldie but a goodie; there is a reason that this island classic has been a hit with all ages for so long. It’s ever evolving menu is a crowd pleaser covering breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with dishes for every taste and craving. It’s an especially good spot if someone in your party requires gluten free, vegetarian or vegan choices as they will, frankly, be spoilt for choice rather than a Hobson’s choice of predictable unimaginative dishes. Ransoms is particularly famous for its gargantuan selection of cakes making it a perfect place for a family catch up over tea, or even a pitstop for some takeaway treats for home. The restaurant is big enough to accommodate prams and a small children’s play area allows toddlers to blow off some steam with the added bonus of a visit to the pet store in the garden centre to check out some scaly and furry critters. The family fur babies are also welcome inside and out so there is no reason to leave Fido at home in a sulk on your next family outing.
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Another family classic but this one comes with a beach on your doorstep which is made for a post-lunch walk or for the kiddy-winks and their furry friends to blow the cobwebs away. A menu of café staples means you certainly won’t go hungry and it’s open 7 days a week so you can have a seaside escape whenever you need it. With a special menu for kids and a wide selection of family favourites you will have a hard time choosing what to eat and with a great selection of ice cream your dessert is all sorted.
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NO. 10 RESTAURANT & BAR
No. 10 may not be an obvious option for a family favourite butstay with me. We have all been to a big family celebration where chairs are scarce and the stress of cooking has turned your usually zen loving aunt into a dragon. Instead of dealing with that minefield, why not let No. 10 take the lead and book their private basement dining room? With total privacy the family can let their hair down and celebrate in style allowing the fun to come first and with an ever-changing seasonal menu of fresh local produce you are sure to fill your stomachs with something delicious to boot.
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