Children’s Afternoon Tea for a Special Celebration
Children’s Afternoon Tea Cork
My first baby turned 12 last weekend and we wanted to mark this special occasion with a few close friends so we were delighted to take Vienna Woods up on their offer of their Children’s Afternoon Tea. Twelve is a difficult age to find an activity that they will enjoy with a group and it was only while there that I realised how perfect this activity was for both Saoirse and I. So we got all dressed up in our glad rags and headed off to Vienna Woods on Saturday evening to enjoy this much raved about Children’s Afternoon Tea in Cork. We were pleasantly surprised to enter our own little private area dressed beautifully for afternoon tea with balloons and all. We were greeted by a most enthusiastic and friendly waiter who could not do enough for us. He had great banter with the children so much his character added to the whole experience.
The hot chocolate was served in beautiful china to the children’s delight and when their afternoon tea platters were served they were too excited to know where to start. The wonderful thing about afternoon tea is you have plenty of time to eat, chat, take a break and eat again. While the ham sandwiches were lovely it was the nutella sandwiches that went down a treat as this is something they never get a home. For Saoirse and I, as coeliac, we were really spoilt for choice with gorgeous sandwiches on fresh bread, scones and plenty of sweet treats (not just your usual brownie selection….)
It was a wonderful opportunity just to relax, chill out and enjoy the chat around the table. We left or little threenager at home and had a real girlie evening (bar Thomas, who by the way enjoyed it as much as the girls) with some friends. As Saoirse moves into a new chapter in her life it made me realise that this is not a time for mourning my little baby but a new and exciting era where we can both enjoy such evenings together as opposed to me watching her from the table of a jungle gym or standing under a tree as she climbs.
The only phone in the room was mine and it quickly disappeared so I could join in the giggles and sample all the delicious treats. Now that is saying alot for an activity for this age. We all had such fun and after I explained the history of afternoon tea in the luxurious surroundings they felt very grand indeed! I had mentioned afternoon tea to Saoirse before and she was not too bother but now she wants to know when we can go again.
Afternoon Tea is really more an experience than just a meal and Vienna Woods have all the ingredients for a really sumptuous and special day out and I would say tops my list for Children’s Afternoon Tea in Cork.
I was introduced to Gus O’Connors at the age of twelve by my father while holidaying in Clare for The Willie Clancy Week and I must say I never forgot the experience. I was delighted to introduce my children to the atmosphere of a proper traditional Irish music pub last summer when in Doolin.
Gus O’Connors is a spacious and open bar with all the nooks and crannies of a traditional Irish pub. It is bright and airy and the atmosphere is electric. The music will start early on the day so if you wish to pop in for lunch or dinner there is no difference. It is not only the most popular places to eat in Doolin area but also offers the best in Irish cuisine and a truly authentic experience.
The children were thoroughly entertained by the session played out in front of them and don’t worry it is by no means messy or rowdy. The traditional Irish cuisine is only delicious. The staff were extremely helpful and always on hand even with though it was busy.
The kiddies options are excellent and I would recommend you try the fish while here. We had no need for tablets or colouring books as the talented musicians provided not only a welcome distraction but also enjoyable entertainment. Make sure you arrive early or ring ahead as this place is always busy and it is nice to get a seat around the musicians. You can’t bring them to this part of the world without taking in our wonderful culture!
Luigi Malones…A Cork Favourite
Luigi Malone’s, a family friendly restaurant Cork, has been a found favourite of mine since I was young so I was excited to bring the kids there for a family dinner before we enjoyed the panto in The Opera House. I was even more excited when I arrived to realise that the decor is still the unique style inspired by Les Deux Margot’s in Paris and the Art Deco district of South Beach, Miami. Luigi’s most recognizable feature is the huge original station clock from Kings Cross Station, St Pancras based in the centre of the bar and an old propeller hangs from the ceiling. It proved a novel conversation piece for the evening ahead.
As always with Luigi Malone’s we received the warmest of welcomes. Now many of you always tell me that a family meal in a gorgeous restaurant sounds more hassle than it is worth but I can tell you that Luigi Malone’s are old pros when dealing with families. They have the room to spread out and friendly staff to attend all your needs. There were plenty of families of all shapes and sizes enjoying the evening in the very relaxed atmosphere and this is why it is very often recommended as one of the top family friendly restaurant Cork.
Now for the main event, the food itself! So a great family friendly restaurant does not always excel when it comes to gourmet delights but we all too often sacrifice this for a relaxed atmosphere offering an enjoyable family meal. However, when it comes to Luigi Malone’s, there menu offers some fabulous dishes includingBuffalo wings (apparentlythe best in Cork), Portuguese Espetadas, BBQ Baby Ribs, Rotisserie Chicken, Mexican Fajitas, Irish Steaks, American Hamburgers, Italian Pizzas, and Japanese Yakisoba. As for the desserts, the all-time favourite is the Toblerone and Butterscotch Cheesecake and some customers apparently travel to have just this.
Craig tried the Steak Fajitas while I tried the Rotisserie Chicken and the presentation was amazing never mind the taste. Saoirse and I shared the Nachos for starter and Craig had the sizzling garlic prawns and is still talking about it two weeks later! The waitress at one point nervously approached the table to ask if there was anything wrong with our meal as we were not finishing all our courses and I had to ensure her that there was just too much but it was glorious. The children meal offered an excellent choice for the kids including some delicious healthy options. Again they had plenty and thoroughly enjoyed it. Saoirse could not even finish her dessert!!!
After the meal the children who were very well behaved while there got to add their names to the Nice List for Santa Claus which is updated by Alabaster Snowball, who has developed an elaborate computer system that updates each child’s naughty and nice rating five times a minute all year round! Now that’s a new bribe to match……
For any coeliacs reading this, the seperate gluten menu was extensive and both Saoirse and I was delighted with all our options! There was no much missing from the main menu!
Luigi Malone’s location is excellent, just across from the main door of the Opera House so if you are paying a visit to the Panto or any other performances Luigi’s is a perfect choice beforehand. It is on Emmet’s Place at the bottom of Opera Lane so even if you are shopping over Christmas pop in for some lunch or dinner and enjoy as Luigi Malone’s is not only tops the league as a family friendly restaurant Cork but also I must say one of the top ten places to eat in Cork.
To find out more just check out their website here!
Boston’s Bar is a traditional old style Irish pub located on the main street of Knightstown and an ideal place for a casual meal with the kids when you are looking for places to eat on Valentia Island. The bar itself had a lively atmosphere with an old style charm. The menu was simple offering fresh salads and curries in addition to Irish cuisine. For the kids they offered half portions of the main menu itself! If you are lucky enough you might catch a trad session of local and visiting musicians!
The Oratory Pizza & Wine Bar
The Oratory Pizza & Wine Bar, situated in the Old Protestant Church, serving the freshest Gourmet Pizzas and fine wines, is Cahersiveen’s newest restaurant. The decor is very unique and most of the original structure and features of the church have been maintained to form a fascinating centrepoint for many a conversation. The children got a great kick out of the idea of a restaurant in a church.
The atmopshere was very inviting and relaxed even though there was a constant turnover of tables as the restaurant was very busy on a Wednesday evening. Once we were served our pizzas I could see why as they were not just coming for the quirky setting but the food was amazing.
The menu was quite limited with just pizzas and tapas but they offered a large variety of these and the bases were to die for. Saoirse and I sampled the coeliac versions and I must say they were the best bases we have try so far. You would not expect this beautiful monastic building to house amazing gourmet pizzas and fine vino!
QC’s Seafood Restaurant
QC’s Restaurant is located in the heart of Cahersiveen and it prides itself in serving fantastic seafood caught fresh from the restaurant’s own boat. Wow, what a gourmet delight it was and one of the top restaurants in Cahersiveen.
While the restaurant was very busy the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. As a family we were made feel very welcomed and offered some great options for the children’s menu. Both the children enjoyed fish options with Saoirse opting for Hake and Thomas, fish and chips. It was so delicious that they now look for it on menus in other restaurants and have asked for it to be cooked at home.
I must say it was one of the most gorgeous meals I have had this year and I think I will find it hard to beat. It was the first time that Thomas told me he was full but he could not stop eating his dinner it was so nice and he doubted he had room for dessert!
This restaurant seemed to be a popular hot spot for families and it was easy to see why as we enjoyed a superb evening out. As we left I noticed all the awards at the door which were well earned and without shadow of a doubt QC’s is top of my list of fabulous family restaurants in Cahersiveen.
Yellow Pepper Restaurant
Located in a building that once housed a shirt factory the Yellow Pepper on Letterkenny’s Lower Main Street has long collared the market for quality eating out in the North-West. During our stay in Rockhilll Holiday Park we dined here and a superb evening as it was recommended to us as one of the family restaurants in Letterkenny and Donegal as a whole. Once you enter the restaurant you are immediately greeted with a warm and friendly welcome. The interiors are gorgeous and inviting and the ambiance as a whole is relaxed yet lively.
There were many groups of various sizes dining here and we did not feel uncomfortable with two lively children eager to be fed. Owned and passionately operated by husband and wife team, Carol Meenan and Kieran Davis, the team of the Yellow Pepper were in touch with our children and had fun with them. The children’s menu was excellent with healthy and wholesome options such as Lasagne, Cottage Pie, Cod, Burger and even Steak. Most dishes were around €7 which was very reasonable for what they got. The quality was superb and they devoured every bite.
What I loved the most about this restaurant was their love of food. This comes through in the fact that they grow their own vegetables and herbs organically. Craig had a steak and it was just amazing, melted in his mouths and I had the Sea Bass and wow what mouth watering sensation. It is such a pleasure to go out of an evening and enjoy a meal with the children without having to compensate at all to their tastes and needs. The children were so busy colouring and tucking into their feasts that we had plenty of time to relax and soak up the atmosphere over a glass of wine.
Yellow Pepper Restaurant is a must if you are visiting Letterkenny or even Donegal as it is well worth the experience and I can see why it is known as one of the best family restaurants in Letterkenny!! To find out more check out The Yellow Pepper here.
Milltimes Restaurant Westport
Family Friendly Restaurant Westport, The Milltimes Hotel
Located in the heart of Westport town is The Milltimes Hotel which offers excellent service for families including an exceptional family friendly restaurant. Not only does The Milltimes Restaurant provide an extensive children’s menu to suit all tastes even mums and dads…but during certain times they offer supervised kids club and activities in the large kiddies room located off the restaurant. You can even dine in this room if your little ones want to see you at all times as there are well dressed tables at one end.
On Family Friendly Fun Sundays you can meet your favouring Disney Characters from 12 – 5 for free supervised kids activities and a host of children’s toys and games to keep the children entertained, while us parents wine & dine. During peak season this facility is extended to between 5 and seven each evening but children can remain in the kiddie’s room for unsupervised play after this time.
The free entry to the Supervised Kids Play area has DVDs, cuddly toys, cars and trucks, arts & crafts to entertain the younger children and Wii games for the older ones.
This was a great treat for Craig and I because the children were whisked away while we ordered in peace and quiet before enjoying our starters and a glass of wine. The children returned with their face painted and ready for their meal which was finished in brisk fashion in order to return to the fun in store. Once calm resumed we again pretended to enjoy a romantic meal for two even having the time to slowly indulge in a cheeky dessert and a second glass before they returned for dessert giving us a chance to sample the gorgeous coffee on offer. I don’t think we have ever enjoyed such a relaxed and extensive meal with the children in tow and best of all they were well ready for bed after all the excitement and fun.
The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming to us as a family and you could see that not only did they appreciate our custom but understood our needs as a family. They located us close to the kiddie’s room and with other families however, you were not pushed into these areas to avoid other guests. They comfortably chatted in a most relaxed fashion to the children and never once may us feel unease or that time was up. We were glad to have found a most wonderful gem of a restaurant in such a well know family destination for everyone to enjoy.