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Christopher’s, Wellington Street, London

Before Jack arrived my only experience of Christopher’s had been business lunches.  Its American-style surf and turf menu, efficient service and great location make it a perfect choice for that kind of dining.

Not surprisingly I wasn’t convinced it would be an ideal choice with a baby in tow.  We picked a weekend lunchtime which turned out to be a popular time to go with kids as we weren’t the only ones.   The restaurant is up a set of spiral steps to it’s best to leave the buggy downstairs.  It is advisable to take the baby with you, though.

A high chair appeared without fuss.  Jack was only just starting on solids so I’d come prepared with a pot of mush which seemed to keep him happy.  I didn’t ask the staff to warm it, though I didn’t get the impression that such a request would have been too much to ask.

The waiters are super efficient but not overly friendly: perhaps because they are more used to a business clientele who prefer to be left alone as much as possible.

The toilets are a challenge.  They are surprisingly small for a restaurant of the calibre of Christopher’s and there is little room for changing a baby, let alone a table.   This is definitely a place to go with slightly older toddlers and children who will feel like it’s a proper grown up dining experience.  There are probably better places to go with a small baby.

Rating:

Stylishness: 3/5

Friendliness: 3/5

Feeding Facilities: 3/5

Changing Facilities: 0/5

Food: 3/5

Overall rating: 12/25   ££

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Gramercy Tavern, 42 East 20th Street, New York

We took Jack on his first trip to New York when he was three months old.  New York has played a big part in our story, so we wanted to introduce him early.  And, frankly, I wanted to reaquaint myself with the pre-baby, Sex and The City, girl about town, fantasy I had of me.

We try to make a pilgrimage to Gramercy Tavern every time we go to New York.  It holds a special place in our hearts because it was where Dan proposed to me.  It also happens to regularly make it into every list of the top ten restaurants in the world.   This time we would be three: baby, Dan and me.

We went at lunchtime.  It was fully booked and there was that warm, pleasant hubbub of chat and eating.  The friendly staff seated us on a corner banquette table.  We were the only people with a baby in the restaurant.  Jack had fallen asleep on the way so we laid him down on the banquette between us, where he slept till we were half way through our main course.

When he woke up he was on his gurgliest best behaviour.  Other diners kept sending us “ooh, he’s so adorable” looks.  Though, when he did start to cry, I took him outside to settle and came back when he was happy again, which helped ensure those looks didn’t turn to daggers.

No-one batted an eye when I breast feed him discreetly.  Sadly there were no changing facilities in the Ladies but there was a lot of floor space in the cloakroom for a changing mat.  Every lady who came in while I was changing him made a big fuss of him.

A lady, who was part of a large party seated close to us, came over at the end of their meal and kissed Jack’s feet.  “oh, he’s just so gorgeous I could eat him!” She cooed.  I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t been there.

The food, as always, was fantastic.  Whilst they are clearlynot used to people bringing babies, they were friendly and welcoming.

Rating:

Stylishness: 5/5

Friendliness: 5/5

Feeding Facilities: 4/5

Changing Facilities: 1/5

Food: 5/5

Overall rating: 20/25   £££

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