My 4-year-old grandson Freddie and I went to visit my friend Liz this afternoon to see her 4-month-old puppy, Ziggy. It was our 3rd time seeing the little King Charles Spaniel and he always seems so pleased to see Freddie, I’m sure even puppies recognise human equivalents – i.e. other ‘children’.
I decided to pick Freddie up early so we could have lunch together. It’s always such a treat to spend some time with him … and of course he has become my important blog collaborator when it comes to trying out restaurants with kids’ menus.
I liked the idea of going Byron and the suggestion of having a burger for lunch unsurprisingly went down well with Freddie. I’ve been to Bryons a few times but not my local Richmond branch. I’d looked at the kids’ menu before when passing by and thought there was a great choice and reasonably priced at £6.50 for main course, side dish and a drink.
We went in quite early and it was fairly empty – well, it is Monday too – and the waitress welcomed us with a smile and gave Freddie the kids’ menu, which also had puzzles and a drawing to colour in on the other side. There was a pot of crayons and Freddie was soon happily busy colouring.
Freddie chose the Mini Classic and the sweet potato fries, with an apple juice to drink. There was chicken too and veggie choices. We were sitting right by the open kitchen and he was intrigued to look over from time to time and watch the chefs preparing food.
His burger was a good size and came with a pot of carrot and cucumber sticks. The ‘Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries’ were so delicious – sweet and crispy – that Nonna (as he calls me) begged a few off him and he was happy to share.
It was a bit too early for me to contemplate eating a burger and I chose a salad instead: a Superfood Salad of ‘quinoa, edamame, radish, avocado, sunflower seeds, cucumber, lettuce, baby kale and zesty dressing’ (£8.95). I added some grilled halloumi for an extra £3.
It was all fresh and a good salad; not exceptional but a good choice for a place to eat with a small child. Freddie’s drink was included with his deal and I had some Cawston Press Fizzy Apple. The bill came to £20 and a few pence. We could have added a dessert of chocolate brownie or ice cream for an extra £2 to Freddie’s lunch but I suggested instead that we made our way to Gelateria Danieli for ice cream … because if you’re in Richmond, really, why wouldn’t you!