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The Rivington Grill, Greenwich, London

The dearth of decent restaurants in South East London has improved  in recent years with the arrival of The Rivington Grill in Greenwich.    You might expect a Manhattan-styled restaurant (especially one in the same stable as Scott’s and The Ivy) serving high end British food in a place like Shoreditch, but in South East London it is worthy of celebration.

Keen to ensure the Rivington took firm root in this gastronomic desert, it didn’t take us long to try it out, along with a high-chair ready, but pre-walking Jack.  It was a weekday lunchtime and relatively quiet so the staff had time to coo over Jack.  Paper and crayons appeared as if by magic, but Jack got more enjoyment from throwing them around the room than from using them for their intended purpose.   Still, the thought was there.

They don’t do specific portions for children, though they didn’t bat an eyelid when we simply asked for a a side plate on which we put bits from our own delicious choices (sausage and mash with bubble and squeak for me and beef and ale pie for Dan, if you must know) for Jack to play with.  The warm, homemade sourdough bread went down particularly well.  The food soon followed the crayons.   No eyebrows were raised and the food was cleared up cheerfully.

The Rivington is let down by the lack of changing facilities – the ladies loo is snug even for ladies, let alone ones with a toddler or baby.   We haven’t let that put us off though, as we’ve been back several times with Jack because we like the food and the atmosphere.   Next time we go I will check out the disabled loo for changing potential and update this review accordingly!

Top tip: If you’re local to Greenwich and booking a babysitter with a view to a rare night out, the Rivington do a mean Cosmopolitan!

Rating:

Stylishness: 3/5

Friendliness: 5/5

Feeding Facilities: 3/5

Changing Facilities: 0/5

Food: 4/5

Overall rating: 15/25   ££

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The Spread Eagle, Greenwich, London

It would be safe to say that South East London is not famed for an array of great restaurants.  There are, however, a handful of places which have acquired a reputation for being actually quite good.

Among them is the Spread Eagle in Greenwich.   Since its refurb a couple of years ago it has lost a little of the beautiful, creaky, old world charm and cosiness.  The food is still French and delicious.   It is perfect for Sunday lunches with the grandparents.  Indeed, we’ve been with Jack and various relatives at regular intervals since he was just a few months old.

To their credit, the staff have always been nothing less than welcoming, friendly and accommodating.  The well-placed tables mean that there is plenty of space for a buggy by the table if your baby isn’t ready for a high chair.

The first couple of times Jack helpfully took a nap while we ate.  The third time, he was on solids and good form.   I suspect that the food might be a bit rich for a toddler, even one on adult food, but it’s worth a try.

The toilets are a touch cramped and not particularly great for baby changing, so be prepared with a decent changing mat.   The relaxed atmosphere does go a long way to make up for this shortcoming though.  If you’re a South East Londoner, a decent restaurant – especially one which is good with babies and toddlers – is a jewel to be treasured.

Rating:

Stylishness: 2.5/5

Friendliness: 4/5

Feeding Facilities: 3/5

Changing Facilities: 1/5

Food: 3/5

Overall rating: 15.5/25   ££

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