Eating out

Child Friendly Restaurants

We know dining out with little ones can be stressful and often also expensive. This is why we’ve put together a list of local child-friendly restaurants, cafes, pubs and ice cream parlours, to help you make the right choice.

All outlets listed here have been either tried by us with our own little ones or recommended by one of our Facebook Group members. Everyone is welcome in our community, please join us today!

Restaurants may qualify as child-friendly if they have a dedicated children’s menu, or offer entertainment for the little ones; but above all, they are welcoming to families with children and happy to accommodate for their needs.

Please get in touch if you’d like to recommend a venue, or you find a mistake on this page.

Where to eat with kids in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Surrounding Areas including child-friendly restaurants, best family Sunday roast, pubs with play areas, cafes, and delicious ice cream parlours.


Chez Fred

Chez Fred in Westbourne is known to be the best fish and chips in town but it’s also a ‘Mumbler Must’ when dining out with children. They offer Restaurant Sprat Packs with puzzles, jokes and games for all ages. They also run a colouring competition each months which kids love.

For more details contact 01202 761023.

Chicken and Blues

Located in Ashley Cross, C&B is an informal chicken restaurant, famous for their award-winning BBQ marinated chicken. Cozy and welcoming, the atmosphere is perfect for families. They also encourage children to colour a C&B picture and display their art on the wall.

For more information contact 01202 721414.

Cosmo All You Can Eat Buffet Restaurant

With over 150 dishes from every corner of the world, there’s something for everyone at COSMO Bournemouth. Whether you’re after a taste of Asia or craving a hearty carvery,  you can enjoy unlimited courses for one set price. Click here to check out our review.

To book call 01202 318888.

The Cosy Club

A great choice in Bournemouth for brunch, lunch or dinner. Dedicated kids menu including a mini cooked breakfast and yummy pancakes amongst other options.

For more information contact 01202 509723.

Delfino Lounge

Delfino Lounge at the Dolphin Centre is a favourite amongst Poole families. There’s something on the menu for everyone and they make sure ‘little loungers’ are entertained with plenty of games, books and colouring activities. Kids menu also available.

For more info please contact 01202 649274.

Holes Bay Table Table

Close to Sandbanks Beach, Holes Bay offers traditional pub food and a dedicated kid’s menu.

For more information contact 01202 661385.

The Clipper Dolphin Centre

A traditional and uncomplicated restaurant inside the busy Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Perfect for breakfast, carvery, home cooked lunches and afternoon tea. The Clipper will cater for every taste and dietary need.

For more details contact 01202 683334.

The Grasshopper

A pub in Parkstone with a various areas to suit every mood. Colourful coffee, dedicated kids menu and delicious Sunday Roast served every weekend.

Function room also available.

For more details contact 01202 741463.

The Kitchen at Poole Park

A family-friendly pub located at the heart of Poole Park. A great choice for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or early dinner. Many options to choose from, including delicious pizzas and even lovely Sunday Roast during the cold months.

The restaurant also has an ice cream parlour.

For more information call 01202 742842.

The Plantation

A beautiful pub within walking distance from Canford Cliffs beach and conveniently located right in front of Treasure Island play area. The pub itself also has a large green area for Mini Mumblers to run around and has a dedicated kids menu. In summer they also serve delicious BBQ’s and wood-fired pizzas outside.

For more details contact 01202 701531.

The Stable, Poole Quay

An uncomplicated restaurant at a great location at Poole Quay. This restaurant is super family-friendly and definitely offers something for everyone. A dedicated kids menu, cider tasting experience and even gluten free and vegan Pizzas!

For more details contact 01202 661471.