Instead of facing a nightmare cleanup job in the kitchen (and the dining room, the lounge room and the kids themselves – how do they get food in their ears anyway?), take the whole family out to spot where the kids menu involves more than just fish and chips, there’s entertainment that doesn’t involve throwing food and you won’t have to settle for a bad chicken parma.
If your brood is just a little too noisy to be indoors, take a table on the patio at The Chelsea Bistro and let them be distracted by the fairy lit trees. Need some incentive (read: bribery) to convince them to stay seated and finish their dinner? If they finish their roast lamb with carrot puree and peas, they’ll get 2 scoops of ice cream for free.
If fine dining is your game, Nantucket’s casual vibes are a perfect excuse to introduce the kids to the real favourite in your life – crab cakes. Enjoy having the space to maneuver a pram in without taking out a waitress and tuck into bacon wrapped meatloaf and bottomless iced tea (with a little something extra if it’s been one of those days) while the kids are entertained by colouring in pads and games.
Take the kids for a train ride adventure to the city, settle them in a booth at Jamie’s and let them choose their dinner from the viewmaster kids menu. They’ll have as much fun ordering as they will eating, with chicken lollipops, mini sliders and curly wurly pasta bake on offer. Then, before they start asking ‘can I have some of your dinner?’ put a colouring pad in front of them and finish off your antipasti platter and lamb and ricotta ravioli.