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6 places in 6 weeks – family dining this summer

The summer holidays will soon be here so mix up the monotony of home cooking every night and try these 6 places in 6 weeks.

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Set in the enviable location of Chester Racecourse, The White Horse is the perfect spot for families.

Locally sourced seasonable produce is the order of the day here so you don’t have to compromise on your dining experience in order to keep the kids happy. The White Horse have thought of everything, they understand how challenging it can be to get your little one to sit and eat a meal, so they’ve worked extra hard creating a fun menu for kids to enjoy, with engaging dishes like build your own pizza, meal times are a family affair here.

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Enjoy the summer weather and relax in the beautiful gardens, with plenty of outdoor seating areas and the most incredible children’s play space complete with pirate ships to explore and climb, there’s a good chance you’ll get to enjoy a glass of wine in peace. You’re welcome.

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Serving simple bistro food, Hispi is nestled within the neighbourhood of Didsbury. The third of Gary Usher’s critically acclaimed bistros, Hispi offers a homely and family-friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy relaxed lunches or a hearty plate of comfort food.

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The lunch menu offers 2 courses for £17 or 3 courses for £19 and diners can tuck into the likes of chicken, smoked ham and leek terrine with lemon mayo and brioche; butter roast skate wing, chard samphire and gypsy potatoes; signature hand cut truffle and parmesan chips and steamed honey sponge with apple butterscotch sauce and yoghurt sorbet. With a kids menu available, Hispi offers a variety of courses for children such as sticky beef with parmesan chips and garden peas and a white chocolate, meringue and milk chocolate ice cream sundae, littlefolk will love it

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Founded by brothers Ben and Joe Wright, there are now three Porta wine and tapas bars across the North West: Chester, Altrincham and Salford. Inspired by a lifetime of travels to Spain and Portugal, Porta Altrincham offers an authentic tapas menu and intimate atmosphere, with a diverse menu filled with typical tapas classics, such as jamon, croquetas and patatas bravas, but also variations such as slow-roasted ox cheek with pickled walnuts and purple sprouting broccoli with Romesco sauce. The drink list is expertly curated and features a refined selection of Spanish wines, sherries, vermouth and beers. With a no bookings policy, Porta is a relaxed, family-friendly and flexible tapas restaurant where you can easily while away an afternoon. Family time banked.

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They’ve been serving up exceptional Italian food fused with first class service for so long now that Piccolino Chester has become a one of the cities institutions. Whether you’re 4 or 44 you’re assured a very warm welcome and service that will make you feel like you’re the only guests in the place.

We love the extensive menu here, the daily specials and authentic dishes. Piccolino Chester also features a new open kitchen complete with meat, poultry, fish and shellfish counters.

Our littlefolk love the Bambini menu, with delicious pizzas and garlic breads, pastas and risottos fish and meat dishes, but it’s the dessert menu that has them giddy! The chocolate ice-cream is heavenly (apparently!)

Definitely a place that caters for all, and does so with style.

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Just a stones throw from the beauty of West Kirby Beach and Marine lake on the Wirral,  Forza is the perfect post-walk dinner spot. 

Owned by husband and wife team, Forza has become a firm ParentFolk favourite, particularly because of the beautiful simplicity of their menu. Authentic stone baked pizza cooked to perfection. Perhaps it’s the aroma of their home made pizza dough, the warm welcome, or the consistently great pizza’s served up time after time, that makes us love this family friendly neighbourhood eatery so much. We’re sure you’ll love it too.


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Liverpool’s first street food market, Baltic Market is situated on the redeveloped Cains Brewery site. A great buzzing place to eat, with a variety of visiting restaurant pop ups, a place where all whims are catered for. This bustling venue with communal dining set up is perfect for families, as is their choice of ‘what’s for dinner’ with a line up of delicious menus from an ever changing line up of traders. Foodies paradise.

Check our their monthly markets too – from farmers markets to kids markets there’s always heaps going on at Baltic Market.

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