Friends of ours had invited us to join them and Adelie, their two year old, on a trip to the Pleasance Theatre to see a production of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Room on The Broom. It was Jack’s first trip to a proper theatre and he was transfixed.
After all that excitement the children (not to mention their parents) were ready for some lunch. The Pleasance Theatre is tucked in Carpenter’s Mews off Caledonian Road and hungry tummies dictated the nearest eaterie had better be up to the job.
Thankfully, Shillibeers, which is right next to the theatre, was already playing host to a number of children and families with the same thought – a good sign. Shillibeers feels like a relaxed gastro pub (of the Islington variety!) and has a menu to match.
The young staff took the demands of our toddlers in their stride. Whilst they didn’t always get it right the first time (Jack’s water arrived in a huge glass filled to the top and which would have ended up on the floor within seconds), they were more than happy to rectify things with the minimum of fuss.
The place is so large and the staff so relaxed that after a delicious lunch of sausage and mash followed by ice cream the kids had space to run around without causing either disturbance or annoyance.
The one disappointment is that their baby changing table (which is located in the disabled loo) was broken. However, if, like us, you happen to have made the trek to the Pleasance Theatre with your toddler (rather than a baby), Shillibeers is a great way to round off the event before you head home.
Feeding Facilities: 4/5
Changing Facilities: 0/5
Overall rating: 14/25 £