12 Baby and Toddler-Friendly Cafes in CheltenhamPublished:
Sometimes getting out and about with a baby or toddler in tow can be a trial in itself so here’s a run-down of 12 baby and toddler-friendly cafes so you can reward your efforts with cake, coffee and a chinwag. These have been (sort-of) spaced across the year, really just so we have an excuse to sample one a month!
Introducing.... your year in cake
Kindness & Co (Clarence Street) A great way to start the year on the right foot. Everything inside is good for you making it easy to stay on track and avoid temptation. There’s a buggy park at the front and downstairs it’s perfect for kids, with a mini toddler table and chairs, Ikea Antilop high chairs for bambinos and good baby changing facilities.
Everything on the menu is available in half sizes portions for kids.
Smokey Joes (Bennington Street). A feast for the eyes, this vintage-themed café has a yummy menu, all beautifully presented. The shakes, waffles and pizzas are delish and the kids meals include hotdogs, spaghetti bolognese, toasted sandwiches and more. It's pushchair-friendly with plenty of high chairs and the baby-changing facilities are in the 'Marilyn Monroe' toilet. While you're enjoying a relaxing natter and tasty delights, the older kids will have fun amusing themselves with the retro props and free-to-play arcade machines.
Monday to Thursday there’s buy one get one free on all hot drinks, 10am – 1pm.
Or, show a valid Cineworld ticket for 10% off.
Kings Coffee House (Charlton Kings) A good tip for March, steering clear of town during the madness of race week. I suggest using the side door for access with a buggy as it’s easier to manoeuvre and there is more space at the rear of the café. There is outside seating available, some of which is under cover – perfect if you want to be outside but not in the sun. The menu is small but very tasty and the baby changing (although small) is always lovely and clean.
Avoid school drop off time when it's mega-busy.
Brew & Bake (Bath Road) Perfect for spring when the weather is starting to get warmer. Take a leisurely stroll in the sunshine up to the top end of Bath Road to discover this gem. I've been several times for the yummy food and find it a great place to go with the kids; breastfeeding-friendly with great baby changing facilities too. It is on the smaller side but easily accessible with a buggy.
Try one of their amazing scotch eggs or sausage rolls, a savoury dream!
Huffkins Tea Room (The Prom) A pretty stop in May to sit out the front and people-watch. It really is a lovely friendly café and the food is amazing. It can get busy at times but they do as much as they can to accomodate buggies and there are always high chairs available too. The baby changing is downstairs and is clean and really spacious.
Go for a milkshake, they’re game changers!
The Curious Café (Bath Road) This is the place to make the most of the June sunshine (we hope!) in the lovely secret garden. It has long been one of the best-rated cafes in Cheltenham and a real local hangout for Leckhampton. They are super child-friendly and the food is awesome. It does get really busy but it is definitely worth a visit. Children are well-catered for with smaller or adapted versions of adult dishes – the kitchen is happy to provide whatever they fancy if they've got it.
At this time of year you may be thinking about your beach body but believe me the cooked breakfast is worth every mouthful!
The Meadow Café (backing on to Cox’s Meadow playing field) There aren’t lots of tables but that’s ok because there is lots more space for kids to be able to freely walk around and loads of room for buggies too. They do a lovely breakfast, have a fabulous selection of sandwiches and paninis and have great cakes too. The toilets are spacious, and as they are right near to the tables you don’t have to worry about lugging everything to the toilet from your table.
Cox’s Meadow is the perfect place if you have children that have broken up from playgroup/school and need to run off some energy.
Café Moochoo (High Street) A good pitstop when trawling the shops for back to school items in town. They have a really lovely selection of sandwiches and paninis. It is a family run café and you always get a really warm welcome when you are there. It’s spacious enough for buggies and has baby changing available.
The courgette cake gets rave reviews!
The Wilson Café (Clarence Street) This one's particularly highly-rated in the parent community and it is easy to see why. With local produce and plenty of room for the children to play it is the perfect setting for a get together. The toilets are huge, which is helpful if you have a toddler in tow or need to squeeze the buggy in with you. The menu is very yummy, with a lovely range of sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes. Kids' lunch boxes are available offering sandwiches, fruit, chocolate and a drink, which is also reasonably priced.
Lots of toys are available so its great for keeping the little people entertained.
The Boston Tea Party (Clarence Street) This has become a firm favourite for locals since opening in 2014. Wonderful cakes, lovely breakfasts and a great lunch menu. Smaller plates are available for kids. With over 160 seats there is lots of room for big groups and highchairs. The baby changing is good and people often comment on how breastfeeding-friendly the café is, especially as there are quieter corners if you are still getting to grips with feeding in public or if you have a baby that is too busy trying to look around!
There's a water-station here which always makes life loads easier.
Café Boho (Great Norwood Street). There's some lovely independent shops around, handy in November, when you are looking for unique Christmas presents. This small coffee shop in the heart of the Suffolks serve great coffee, delicious homemade cakes and light lunches, and has really friendly staff. A changing area is available.
It has a great children’s toy area downstairs.
Cavendish House (The Promenade) There's 3 cafes available here. On the ground floor there is Café Nero, which is really nice and spacious, with comfy sofas. They offer a selection of food too. Upstairs in the main store there's Café Zest which offers a bigger range of hot and cold food with lots of space for buggies. Then joining Cav with the Regent Arcade is the Bridge Cafe which is really roomy for pushchairs with some books dotted around to amuse the little ones.
There is a parent and baby room upstairs in Cavendish House and a big baby changing room near the Bridge Cafe in Regent Arcade.
And there you have it; your year in cafes is complete. All these cafes are great at anytime of year, and I hope you have fun trying out some of the best that Cheltenham has to offer.
If you have any recommendations of baby and toddler-friendly cafes in Cheltenham that I’ve not included, get in touch. I’m happy to sample any new suggestions ;).