GF Guides | Kids menus in Brighton

I was in one of the most popular pubs just outside of Brighton with the family the other day. It was the first time I took Baby Foodie, then 15 months, out to eat something off the kids menu and I was quite excited about it. A depressing little menu arrived with sausages and chips, burger and chips, pasta (luckily not with chips...I think) and little else. Nothing I would really give my little bumpkin to eat at the worst of times - this little dude is really into exploring foods. The kids menu here felt like a bit of an afterthought. There must be better stuff out there, right?

Anyway, parents of Brighton rejoice. There is plenty of fresh, healthy food on offer and some rather exciting stuff as well to encourage new tastes and explore cultures in restaurants we would be seen dead in before the spogs came along.

The big BUT is that not enough of the good Brighton restaurants have their children's menus on their sites so below are my favourites showing sample menus after enquiring around. Before you head over to the generic chain place you know will accomodate you, give one of the independents a ring. Most will have something wonderful. I hope that meals created especially for children will have less salt and maybe less spice hence why I prefer them for my child's age but many restaurants will give you a smaller portion off the standard menu if you prefer that.

Start them on that food-loving journey!

Terre a Terre (Vegetarian)
This is one of the best menus for kids in Brighton. They have put as much thought and love into it as their main menu. From simple eggs on bread/eggy bread to their fabulous rostis with tomato or creamed spinach sauce or corn cakes with avocado spice smash, there is quite a lot to choose from. Starters like crudités and dips are offered as well as divine little desserts from healthy fruit plates to treats like doughnut straws with chocolate sauce. There's also an extensive kids drinks menu too. Everything is well priced from £2-£4 and they even offer free Hipp organic baby food for those starting their weaning journey. 5 stars Terre a Terre!

Sams of Brighton (British)
I've been a big fan of Sam's no nonsense fresh food and the kids menu here is in line with the ethos of the restaurant. For £5.95 you can get a soft drink, breadsticks (ALL kids love breadsticks), a homemade main like shepherds pie, pasta and sauce or fishcakes and on Sundays, a mini portion of the Roast. Price includes a portion of ice cream as well.

Ginger Fox/Ginger Pig (British)
The Gingerman Group of restaurants have always been child-friendly, even going to the lengths of raising over £26,000 for The Rocking Horse Appeal for sick children in Sussex and Surrey. £1 from every kids meal will go to this fantastic cause. The £7.50 meal includes a drink, a balanced main like pasta bake and peas, homemade fishcakes, Redlands Farm bangers and mash and a homemade ice cream in a cone with spacedust. Yeah, spacedust! They can also offer any of the main meals as a smaller portion too.

Food For Friends (Vegetarian)
Food For Friends have overhauled their kids menu to include far more interesting dishes. Mains such as soup with mini focaccia pizza, breaded risotto and mozzarella balls or homemade gnocchi and finishing with fresh strawberries with chocolate dipping sauces or a warm chocolate brownie are a welcome change to the norm. Mains are £4 and desserts £3, so decent value for money too.

Moshimo (Japanese)
Possibly the most thrilling dining venue for youngsters, Moshimo offer a really good value meal for under 10s at £4.90 including a Sushi Set, Chicken or Salmon in their home-made Teriyaki sauce or a Tempura Set served with sticky rice and salad. I can't wait to expose Baby Foodie to the different tastes and textures on offer here. He will no doubt try and grab things off the sushi conveyer belt as well though!

The Chilli Pickle (Indian)
The Chilli Pickle is in a great central location for family dining and one of my favourite Brighton restaurants. You can add more spice for adventurous palettes but otherwise the mini thali's are mild with either chicken or vegetable curry and rice, riatta, chutney, poppodom and baby naan. There is also spiced fried chicken, Malai chicken kebab, or mini dosa. These are £5.50 each and you can add a dessert for £2.

Coggings and Co (British)
If I were to take my kid out for burgers, then it would probably be here due to the high quality of their local ingredients. For £6.50 there is a choice of mini beef burger or chargrilled chicken burger with chips or Macaroni cheese. Also included is a Downsview ice cream and juice..

Temptation Cafe (British)
This cafe is great for buggies for those with really small children and they do a fab baby grazing board with little nibbles. As well as this there is a good quality children's menu with sandwiches and small main meals, all reasonably priced from £1.95-£3.95. 

La Choza (Mexican)
Kids shouldn't be left out of the street food mania sweeping Britain. La Choza offer kids a choice of taco, tostada, mini burrito/burrito bowl or baby quesedilla with any filling, nacho chips and a drink for £4.50.

The Brunswick Kitchen (British/Pub)
The Brunswick is a great community pub and now there is really good food on offer as well. Children can eat absolutely free all day everyday with a paying adult and are served smaller portions from the main menu.

Riddle & Finns (Fish)
This great fish restaurant have a set menu available for sophisticated little diners at a reasonable price of £4.95. This includes an optional espresso cup of fish soup followed by fish goujons, grilled salmon fillet, tomato & cheese pasta or fish soup with toast. Sides include fries or potatoes and green vegetables, mushy peas or salad. Dessert is a scoop of ice cream in a cone. Just be aware that tables are bar height here but it's a lovely restaurant.

Yum Yum Ninja (Pan Asian)
Yum Yum Ninja will win on the cool factor. The daily meat, fish or vegetable (something like chicken yakitori or salmon), is served with sticky rice, salad and miso soup and dessert is a scoop of homemade ice cream for £5.95. There's a great outside space too.

Coal Shed (British)
Kids can sample the great food at The Coal Shed, cooked on those fancy Josper charcoal ovens. Although they don't have an official kids menu, for £5 they offer minute steak with chips or veg, burger and chips or salad, grilled or battered fish with veg or chips or a smaller portion of the vegetarian option from main menu. They can also offer a smaller version of any dish from the a la carte too.

Wagamama (Japanese)
Ok, so although this is a chain, they really cater so well for children I have to give a mention. As well as the fantastic Phil & Ted clip on highchairs and plenty of space, their little menu is really good too. Cod balls or simple grilled chicken or fish with rice and vegetables are on offer as well as mini versions of their Ramen, Yaki Soba or Katsu. Baby Foodie loves their noodle dishes.

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