There are times when a quick trip to a fast food joint hits the spot and there are other times and occasions to be marked with a fun family meal out. Here’s our pick of the best child friendly restaurants in Meath.
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In our experience buggies are rarely welcome anywhere. Some places will take buggies from you at the door, others will quite simply refuse you entry. So when possible if dining out with a young baby bring the car-seat and with an older baby or toddler you will find high chairs / booster seats in any child friendly eatery. Here’s what we think makes a restaurant child friendly.
Navan Places to Eat
The Cafe in Marks & Spencer’s
The Cafe in Marks & Spencer’s at the Navan Town Centre on Paddy O’Brien Street does great kids’ lunches, as well as lots of sweet treats such as buns and cookies. Fantastic hot chocolate and the staff are lovely.
O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar
Another good bet is O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar on Metges Lane, which offers colouring materials for the kids, as well as a range of snacks and sambos. There is also another O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar branch at Unit 5, Ashbourne Town Centre.
Also in Navan and well worth a visit is Zucchini’s Restaurant. This establishment is award-winning, family-run and family-friendly. They have an imaginative children’s menu that includes pasta dishes, curries and pizzas. Baby bowls are also available. “They are so child friendly, so helpful and the food is yummy too.”
The Central is an award-winning gastropub in heart of Navan, with a warm and family friendly atmosphere and live music 7 nights a week. Their children’s menu has great choice to suit younger tastes as well as the more adventurous palate and is good value. Baby bowls are available free for under 2s and there is a kid’s play area too.
Trim Places to Eat
If you are in Trim, definitely visit Franzini’s restaurant, which is located on French’s Lane, right beside Trim Castle. Franzini’s has an international menu and a lively and fun atmosphere. Children are welcome before 8.30pm.
The StockHouse Restaurant specialises in steaks, and they have delicious food and family friendly atmosphere. They have a kids menu available which is extensive and varied, with everything from mini chicken fajitas to Shepherd’s pie.
Located on Emmett Street, this Indian restaurant in Trim has delicious, authentic food and is family friendly. Spacious and buggy-friendly, and high chairs are available.
Kells Places to Eat
Jack’s Railway Bar
Jack’s Railway Bar is a family-run and family-friendly establishment that has delicious food and a varied menu, including plenty of kids’ favourites. High chairs are available. There is also an outdoor patio area and garden for those rare summer days…
The Vanilla Pod
The Vanilla Pod Restaurant in the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells serves contemporary bistro food. “We support children’s healthy eating initiative as we are all trying to teach our children good eating habits from an early age by feeding them delicious, heathly foods. Here in the Vanilla Pod we encourage curiosity in a variety of foods in a friendly environment.”
This Indian restaurant on Market Street in Townparks, Kells has delicious food and a warm and friendly environment. Varied menu with affordable prices and very kid friendly. They also have highchairs available for young kids.
Ashbourne and Ratoath
There are three branches of La Bucca in south Meath: Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunboyne. They are fabulous Italian restaurants that feature a children’s menu that offers both great variety and value, with limitless top-ups on their fruit cordials! La Bucca in Ashbourne also hosts children’s pizza parties, where the birthday child and their guests can learn how to make their very own pizzas for €13.50 per child.
The Donkey Shed
The Donkey Shed near Ashbourne at Newbarn Farm serves local and seasonal food. “Very reasonable menu for children plus you can visit and feed the animals, not to mention the fab free range eggs and veg in their farm shop!!!” They have a large patio area, perfect for perfect for al’fresco dining on sunny days. Their kids menu is very extensive, varied, healthy and affordable, and they have a baby bowl on offer.
Cork’s Cafe in Ashbourne is “excellent for kids. They have colouring books and crayons for the kids and their kids menu is excellent but they will also adapt more or less anything on their menu either! Healthy, nutritious food without a chip in sight and very reasonable too!”
“The Snail Box in Ashbourne is defo ideal after a day out in Tayto Park, give colouring for kids to do and 7euro for juice, dinner and a massive ice cream!”
“Monastary Inn Clonard: free baby bowl and the staff were great with the little one”
“The Central in Navan is good though kids lunch menu is a tad expensive (for small kids). They have a play area out the back and give colouring etc.”
Eddie Rockets, McDonalds and Supermacs
If you fancy fast food, then there is plenty of choice available. Navan has a branch of Eddie Rockets, as well as a McDonalds (Trimgate Street) and a Supermacs (Kennedy Road). There is also a branch of McDonalds in Ashbourne Town Centre, Killegland Street, while Trim has a Supermacs outlet on the Navan Road.
We would like to extend this list, so please let us know your recommendations and experiences in the comments below.