For once I am running on time and I get to Sweet Thursday before owner and Manager, Bethany Chellingworth. The Restaurant is actually closed but I get one of the waiter’s attention through the window. He welcomes me in and offers me and my little reviewer a baby chino and coffee whilst we wait. This is a good sign – he doesn’t know who I am either!
Poppy heads straight for the kids toys on the new play area so I can drink my coffee peacefully – this is wonderful! It is also a proper Italian coffee and they have even accommodated my dairy free request. I note I can even access their free wifi if I want.
Madam then needs the toilets – or more accurately the ‘loo’. These are clearly well kept and really clean. Another big tick. En route I see stacks of high chairs too – they clearly welcome kids here.
Beth bounces in through the door – as a Mum and entrepreneur she knows only too well the joy of somewhere to feed your kids where they are entertained and safe. “The kids play area is open 2- 5pm” she beams, “It is new and proving to be a real hit with local mums”. During this time there are a few special offers:
Kiddie pizza and a glass of wine for Mummy (or Daddy) £8.50 or Coffee £6.50
Any hot drink and slice of house-made cake £4.50
The menu is well tailored to suit all the family with house made pizzas, pasta, salads, dough balls and favourites such as ragout. Beth is keen to explain that the menu reflects the vegetables and fruit that are in season.
As we wait for the food, Poppy is offered drawing pens and paper and quickly creates a masterpiece. The food is delicious – simple, traditional Italian flavours.
Poppy definitely likes it here and I love the fact that despite our mess, it doesn’t matter, the table is promptly wiped by a friendly waiter and I don’t feel in the least bit embarrassed.
Opening hours are 12- 10pm Monday to Friday and 9:30 – 10pm at weekends. Sweet Thursday also offers kids pizza parties. You can also grab a lovely bottle of wine to take home, that has been carefully selected by Beth from the Deli at the front of the restaurant – and get 10% if you have eaten in the restaurant.
For more information please visit www.sweetthursday.co.uk or call 0207 226 1727