Updated: May 15, 2019
The classic mum-date: coffee, cake, and half-finished conversations! Steph Gore (@stephloveshoney) tells us about her favourite local place to catch-up with children in tow:
Finding somewhere to meet up with friends when you have toddlers can be a minefield. Parks are fun, but not great if your kids decide to play at opposite ends, rendering you unable to finish a conversation. Soft play is an obvious choice but some people have a deep-seated hatred of such places, so that often discounts them too.
School House Cafe in Cheltenham is the perfect solution! It’s a community cafe, open Monday to Saturday, serving breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks. Their website claims ‘School House Cafe is designed for everyone. Bring your bike, your laptop or buggy. Bring a friend or two or three or come by yourself and enjoy some peace and quiet from the day’ and that’s exactly the feeling you get when you walk in, anything goes!
While we were there, we saw people tapping away on tablets, playing board games and challenging each other to table tennis matches. There’s plenty of room for buggies in the large hall and a clean, safe baby changing area is provided in the toilet block.
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The delicious food and drinks are freshly prepared on the premises and there’s a corner for the little ones, with a play kitchen, book box and a gorgeous tee pee (supplied by Miniature Music Cheltenham). The comfy sofas in the TV area are perfect for keeping an eye on the kids while relaxing and chatting but there are also plenty of tables and high chairs if you want everyone to sit together.
Honey and Ace shared a gigantic berry smoothie (more than enough for them both with some left to take away and turn into ice lollies), I had my own pineapple smoothie and my husband, who was post night shift, decided on coffee. I HAD to try the rocky road of the week, which was Rolo this week, it was absolutely divine and we managed to pry Honey and Ace away from the toy area long enough to devour a slice between them! As you can see by the photographs, Honey was a big fan!
The staff made us feel really welcome, delivering our order to the lounge so the children could get straight on with playing, bringing us stickers and extra drinks and taking our empty cups and plates away so we didn’t have to keep moving them out of reach of little hands.
The only slight negative I can think of, is that my husband ordered millionaires shortbread and annoyingly, we still haven’t become millionaires… oh well, I suppose it’s a good excuse to go back for more!