14 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Meath

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

October 20, 2021

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Are you looking for family-friendly restaurants in Meath? There are so many great restaurants in Meath to choose from, but the problem for parents is to find one which will comfortably cater for the whole family.

With a great range of kids menus to choose from for your next day out, here are our picks for great family-friendly restaurants in Meath – plus you can tell us your favourites below!

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Meath

Avoca, Dunboyne

Just off the M3/N3 at Dunboyne, you’ll find Avoca. This store is huge and houses a wonderful selection of fashion, gifts, and homeware, as well as a small garden centre, florist, and a fully stocked Food Market. The farm-to-fork concept self-service café, called Fork Café, offers all the Avoca favourites, from hot meals and sandwiches to soups, salads and an impressive array of sweet treats.

Khyber Garden, Kells

Khyber Garden in Kells is one of Meath’s most popular restaurants. Traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine is on offer, and you’ll find the food is delicious, and service is warm and friendly.

La Bucca, Ratoath, Dunboyne and Ashbourne

La Bucca for restaurants in Meath

There are three branches of La Bucca in Meath – Ashbourne, Ratoath and Dunboyne. They are great Italian restaurants with an extensive menu to choose from, and feature a children’s menu that offers both variety and value.

Zucchini’s Restaurant, Navan

Zucchini’s Restaurant is award-winning, family-run and family-friendly. They have an imaginative children’s menu that includes fresh pasta dishes, burgers, pizza, and fish and chips. Baby bowls are also available.

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Franzini’s, Trim

If you are in Trim, definitely visit Franzini’s, 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 and will enjoy the kids menu choices.

The Donkey Shed at Newbarn Farm, Ashbourne

The Donkey Shed at Newbarn Farm, near Ashbourne serves local and seasonal food. The kids menu is varied, healthy and affordable, and they offer a baby bowl. The best bit? Before or after your lunch you can take a stroll around to see the animals!

The Donkey Shed has a large patio area, as well as a farm shop for bringing home delicious fresh fruit, veg, eggs, cakes and more.

StockHouse Restaurant, Trim

The StockHouse Restaurant specialises in steaks, although also offers a range of fajitas, curry, ribs and more. They have delicious food, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a kids menu available which is extensive and varied, with everything from mini chicken fajitas to Shepherd’s pie.

The Cross Guns, Navan

Dating back to the 1700s, the building that is now The Cross Guns held a prominent position at a major junction. After a variety of uses over the years since, this stunning renovation now houses a restaurant and venue you won’t want to miss.

The children’s menu for under 12s is a real treat – steak and chips, pork tenderloin, risotto, fish bouillabaise and plenty more.

The Vanilla Pod at Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells

Vanilla Pod Kells for restaurants in meath

The Vanilla Pod Restaurant in the Headfort Arms Hotel in Kells serves contemporary bistro food and has been widely popular for many years.

The Pod has been rated in ‘Tom Doorley’s Top 100 Places To Eat in Ireland and has consistently featured in the coveted Bridgestone & Georgina Campbell Guide to Ireland.

The Paddocks, Clonee

The Paddocks is a family pub and restaurant by day, cool cocktail and live music venue by night!

There is a huge range of things to choose from on the main menu, as well as daily specials, and a traditional carvery served on Sundays. Children also have a big decision to make, including which dessert to go for! Will it be a unicorn poop sundae?!

The Snailbox, Ashbourne

The Snail Box in Ashbourne is a traditional pub restaurant, bar and accommodation with unique artefacts in every corner…and the ceiling! Check out the largest baseball cap collection in Europe (over 6,000 and counting) hanging from the ceiling while you tuck into dinner!

The kids menu for under 12s has quite a few choices, including sausages, beef stew, chicken curry, burger, pasta and more. Dessert is the real showstopper though, particularly the Snail Box Famous Ice Cream Delight!

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The Central, Navan

The Central is an award-winning gastropub in the heart of Navan, with a warm, family-friendly atmosphere and regular live music.

Their children’s menu has great choice to suit younger tastes, as well as the more adventurous palate. Choices include satay chicken, calamari, tagliatelle carbonara, pizza, burger, Thai chicken curry, and more.

Corks, Ashbourne

Corks in Ashbourne is a great choice, and excellent for families. There are plenty of healthy and delicious food options to choose from, ranging from cooked to order breakfasts, a wide variety of lunches and hot meals.

Corks is a favourite with locals for its outstanding homemade chowder, stir fries and a selection of creative salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Jack’s Railway Bar, Kells

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…

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Published On: October 20th, 2021 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: January 23rd, 2023 / Tags: , , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily Manning
Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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