SPECIAL PLACES

BY LOUISE WEBSTER

We’re always looking for new places to eat, play and visit. Our lovely friend and founder of Beyondtheschoolrun, Louise Webster has shared her favourite special places here.

Brasserie Blanc – Old Beaconsfield
I am passionate about places that really commit to creating an environment that works for adults and children and I think Brasserie Blanc is one of those rare few. I went recently only to discover a fantastic kids menu for just £5.95 (all great produce). The atmosphere is just what you need at the end of a week – welcoming, sophisticated and yet very kids friendly – there were just smiles from the staff and other guests when my son and daughter decided to start dancing by the table and run around outside in the courtyard. So big thumbs up from me feels like there is a real heart and good intention at the root of their business. Website: www.brasserieblanc.com

BeaconsfieldBBThe Grove – Herts
This has been a firm favourite of ours for a long time, we like going for Sunday brunches any time of the year although I love nothing more than sitting outside in the Summer on the terrace of The Stables having brunch with my husband and two kids. The grounds are absolutely amazing and wonderful to explore with the kids and the staff are so welcoming. Love love it. Website: www.thegrove.co.uk

TheGroveStablesThe Riding House Cafe – London
Sometimes you need to go further a field to find what works for you (although I do believe at times what you need is here right on your doorstep!) but on this occasion in the middle of the winter when we were looking for inspiration, energy & a great coffee and brunch – couldn’t have asked for more from the Riding House Cafe just off Great Titchfield Street and on a early Sunday morning really quick on the M40. So what makes it special, the atmosphere for starters, the food which is like an inspired New York diner but again their great combination of making a place that works for families and kids but also couples, individuals. Maybe its for that very reason the atmosphere and energy was so positive. As I looked around there were young couples enjoying a lazy sunday brunch, young girlfriends have excited conversations over coffee and older couples with maps out about to explore London and as I turned back again to see my two kids bouncing on the sofas waiting for their pancakes before I could even get off the cozy benches to walk them round the cafe – one of the waiters arrived with colouring in pens and paper – magic!! Website: www.ridinghousecafe.co.uk 

RidingHouseCafeGerrards Cross playground
I’ve realised its so important to get outside at this time of the year and I have re-discovered Gerrards Cross playground and the woods next to it. So good after school and nursery for a walk and play and lovely to see people spontaneously hanging out again which is so lovely during the Summer. Website: www.chilternchatter.com

GXPlaygroundKenwood House – Hampstead
I have many happy memories of Kenwood, my sons first birthday out on the grass area with many friends and spending much of my first maternity leave there. And now its transformed itself into a great place for us to meet friends for a walk and coffee especially in the colder months. Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/kenwood

KenwoodConran Cafe – Marylebone High Street
I am a big fan of green juices and the conran cafe on Marylebone High Street does amazing juices. I love walking through the store, inspired with great things and coming to the quiet and yet very cool cafe at the back. Website: www.conranshop.co.uk/our-stores/marylebone

ConranCafeRoots and Bulbs
As a follower of the food movement and inspired by those that create great food with huge health benefits – I was very excited to discover Root and Bulb hidden slightly on Marylebone High Street. All food is made gluten free and the wraps are delicious! Website: www.rootsandbulbs.com

RootsandBulbsLouise Webster
www.beyondtheschoolrun.com