The Garden Museum Cafe Lambeth

I went away for a few days without my son recently and this was our first meal out together on my return. Things change so fast now and we can pretty much no longer cope if there isn’t a highchair available. He’s gotten heavy, so playing a continuous round of pass the parcel during lunch works up more of an appetite than is ideal.

I booked The Garden Museum Cafe without for a moment thinking they would not have highchairs. They’re attached to a museum. When have you ever been to a Museum cafe that didn’t have highchairs? Spoiler – The Garden Museum Cafe does not have highchairs and on top of that they called me only three hours before our booking to inform me of this when it was too late to do something else. Fab. Since our visit this has been rectified luckily.

Ex Padella and St. John Bread & Wine Chefs’ man this kitchen which is unsurprising because every dish is simple and modern and neat and the pasta is excellent. The cafe is tranquil and surrounded by large glass windows that overlook greenery, it was probably a little too quiet for my child who now likes to occasionally squeal with delight. People who don’t have children cannot discern between bad and good baby noise and they snap around at a happy squeal as fast as they do for an angry cry. The service although polite was at times slow and mostly puzzled by our presence.

What’s good? The gnocchi and the tiramisu were perfect.

Kid friendly? Ish.

✓baby change facilities

✔highchairs available

✓cool with breastfeeding

✗loads of other parents

✓space for buggies

✗children’s menu

✗toys/play area

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  1. That’s such a shame about the lack of highchairs.I went there back in September and they didn’t have them then either but I thought they’d get on top of that. The museum is also quite child-friendly so it’s especially baffling.Such a nice space and lovely food though!

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