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The Bowling Green (review)

The Bowling Green
The Bowling Green

On Saturday we popped to Derby to pick up my mum from the station and on the way back needed to stop off so we could feed baby E. We’d previously visited The Bowling Green in Ashbourne when I was pregnant and had really enjoyed the dishes on offer. I was keen to once again try the food and see if the visit was different with a baby.

We rocked up late afternoon and picked one of the comfy seats in the main bar as the other section was closed in preparation for the evening meals. After perusing the main menu my mum spotted they did a lighter menu and asked for that (she has her uses). We ordered minute steak and chips and also gammon and chips.

In the meantime I fed E, though did feel a little exposed in the pub, particularly as another punter kept staring.

The food arrived and, as before, it was delicious. I’m glad we ordered from the lighter menu as in the past I’ve struggled to finish a main course.

Half eaten plate of steak and chips
Nom steak!

With us all fed and watered, E needed a bum change. Unfortunately, even though they do cater for kids with a children’s menu, there were no baby changing facilities. The ladies were too small to change her on the floor so we decided to head back to the car and do a quick nappy change on the back seat.

Baby friendliness overview:

We liked:

  • Some comfy seats for breast feeding
  • At table service
  • Main meal and lighter meal menu (though had to ask for it)

Would be even better if:

  • Baby changing facilities were available
  • More room for pushchairs (it would have been a squeeze if we had taken ours in the pub)
  • No corners for discreet boobing

In summary – lovely grub, but with no changing facilities or space for a pushchair we’ll be waiting till she’s potty trained and walking before coming back.

Thanks for reading, here’s to our next adventure!

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Simply Thai

Simply Thai (review)

After our photo session Saturday morning we were looking for somewhere to get some grub. Baby E was due a sleep (having your photo taken is far too much work for a little girl!) and after all the posing we were starving.

We headed into Buxton town and with it being a lovely day, everywhere seemed heaving. Also, with having a dairy free diet at the moment I wasn’t sure where would be a good place to eat. Luckily hubby knows his restaurants and suggested Simply Thai as Thai cooking doesn’t use a lot of dairy.

Simply Thai
Simply Thai

I was a bit nervous about going to a restaurant, compared to a cafe, with baby E, as I was worried about boobing in public and what to do if she cried. But I needn’t have worried as they were very welcoming.

We had to leave the pushchair in reception which stressed me out a little as E needed a sleep and I had planned to rock her, so when we sat down I used plan B and the good old boob to get her to doze off. It helped that the restaurant, though busy, had a lovely relaxed atmosphere; subdued lighting, relaxing music and quiet chitter chatter of the clientele. The environment meant I relaxed and so did E, she totally zonked out on my boob and slept on my lap for the rest of the meal.

Moo Pad Khing
Moo Pad Khing

We perused the menu and chose the lunchtime deal of two courses for less than a tenner. I don’t know if other couples do this, but we like to order dishes we’d both like to try and then swap half way through. Two dishes for the price of one! Even better, they were easy to eat with one hand and there was plenty of no dairy choice on the menu. Oh and I shouldn’t forget the delicious pots of Jasmine tea.

The food was scrummy; quickly served, fresh and full of flavours. For the main course we chose a pork and a chicken dish. I can see why they are endorsed by the Thailand Ministry of Commerce – a guarantee that you are dining on authentic Thai ingredients, professionally prepared and cooked using authentic methods.

Pad Thai Gai
Pad Thai Gai

Baby E woke rather grumpy just as we finished our meal so we quickly paid and left, not wanting to disturb other dinners. Though some would have definitely understood the situation as there were two other families with babies there whilst we were eating.

Baby friendly summary:

Pros:

  • Relaxing, chilled environment.
  • Felt comfortable boobing – sat at the back so not too exposed.
  • Yummy restaurant food, not much more expensive than cafe prices!
  • Popular with other parents and young families.
  • Great range of dairy free choices.

Cons:

  • Can’t have pushchair at the table.
  • As a restaurant, I wouldn’t feel comfortable just hanging out there for a few hours like you would in a cafe.

Note: we didn’t hang around to change E so don’t know about baby changing facilities. An excuse to go back and find out!

In summary, a relaxing first restaurant trip with Baby E. As a family, we’ll be back.

Thanks for reading. Here’s to our next adventure!