This is the kind of restaurant that under normal circumstances I would assume is an absolute no go for children. Firstly, it’s in a basement and there’s no lift. Secondly it’s full of City boys. In an unexpected turn of events, no fewer than 5 different city boys offered to carry my buggy down the stairs into Blacklock. Their original restaurant in Soho isn’t an option with a little person, there’s just not enough space. This isn’t a problem at their city branch, once your downstairs there’s plenty of room.
Like most upscale steakhouses, Blacklock has that low key gentlemen’s club vibe, all brick and wood and leather but playing Salt n Pepa up loud. In addition to the 90’s RnB the place is full of suited and booted types out at lunch meetings guffawing. Perhaps unappealing to me in my pre-baby life however, I could barely hear Max when he started to grizzle which means no one else could either. Now, obviously we came for the meat and Blacklock deliver. If you are iron deficient this is the place to be.
What’s good? The ‘all in’ is such a bargain – £20 for starters and what is essentially an enormous mound of meat. But the best bit? The bread soaked in the juices underneath. I also really loved the chilli hollandaise. Plus the £5 cocktails are brilliant, where else can you get a good cocktail in Central London for a fiver?
Kid friendly? Unexpectedly and completely. The waitstaff were delighted to see us, maybe because they don’t get a lot of kids in but I’ll take it. The service here, due to being a lunch meeting hub is incredibly fast, so if you’ve got a fussy toddler who needs to eat now, this is a great option.
✗baby change facilities
✓highchairs available – but for bigger kids
✓cool with breastfeeding – ish, it’s dark but also full of dudes so…
✗loads of other parents
✓space for buggies – loads of stairs though
✗children’s menu – technically no but you could make it work