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Half-Term Cooking Fatigue? Here’s where to head for great family dining

If half term home-cooking is become more like a beige buffet, it’s possible you’ve got Half Term Cooking Fatigue (yes, it’s a thing). Fear not, there’s some brilliant places for family dining this February Half Term. From kids eat free, to some serious flavours to wake the senses, take our pick of where to head to end Half term on a high.

Great for the wallet – The Pointing Dog, Cheadle.

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The Pointing Dog: Great Value kids menu this half term

Half term ‘expenses’ can add up can’t they? Enter the inclusive kids menu at The Pointing Dog, Cheadle. Kids can choose a starter, main, dessert and juice all for just £7.95

Starters include Fluffy Dough Balls with garlic butter, whilst the main courses cover all bases – from Pizza to Chargrilled Chicken Skewers with pitta and veggie batons, to an interactive Pasta Station that allows children a choice of sauces. No Children’s Menu would be complete without a tasty sweet treat, and your little monsters can pick between a delicious Ice Cream Sundae or Gooey Chocolate Brownie with caramel sauce and vanilla pod ice cream.

Happy littlefolk all round.

Great Crowd-Pleaser – Duke Street Market, Liverpool.

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Duke Street Market: Family dining without compromise

If you know Duke Street, you’ll already know the mutual love and appreciation this crowd have for great food and drink. So you won’t be surprised to know that when it comes to launching their new kids menu this family-friendly venue have put as much emphasis on fresh ingredients and diversity of menu as it does for the grown up’s menu. 

New dishes include hamburger and hand cut chips from red meat specialist Bone and Block, penne pasta with meatballs and tomato sauce or half Margherita pinsa from much-loved Italian Cucina Di Vincenzo.

There’s also a cheese and ham Cubano from Cuban-inspired Finca, chargrilled chicken thigh and crushed new potatoes or chargrilled seabass and crispy new potatoes from Cinder the kitchen that specialises in open fire cooking, plant-based sausage, beans, scramble with toast from vegan kitchen Indigo Greens and mini udon noodles or breaded mini chicken breast and rice from Asian inspired Ginger.

Family dining without the compromise.

Great for keeping the kids occupied – White Horse, Chester

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The White Horse: Kids eat FREE this half term

Family dining is second nature to the White Horse team, it’s what they do.

Take this half term for example, kids dine FREE, for every adult main course purchased you receive a meal from their children’s menu completely complimentary, and we’re not talking dull dishes here. Littlefolk can get their creative buds flowing with a build-your-own pizza choice, whilst you relax with some of our mouth-watering gastro fayre, a glass of fizz.

The fun doesn’t stop with the food, with a brilliant outdoor play area, complete with pirate ship, and regular activity pop ups, you’ll get to enjoy your meal in peace, and quite frankly that’s priceless. Half term dining offer available Monday 17 February – Friday 21 February.

Great for something different – Habibi, New Brighton, Wirral.

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Habibi: Lunch here and the kids will think you’re cool

Middle-Eastern Diner meets hip hop bar, Habibi in New Brighton’s cool Victoria Quarter

Earn serious style points with a trip to New Brighton’s cool Victoria Quarter. A haven of boutique shops, independent cafes and dazzling street art, it is a real breath of fresh air.

When younger kids menu’s no longer cut it with your kidfolk head to Habibi. This Middle-Eastern diner meets hip hop bar is a delight for the senses. There’s new mezze and small plates from the grill, plus an excellent range of vegan options.Try the chilli orange wings, flavoured with lemon, sumac and drizzled with house tahini, with popcorn falafel and vegan cauli hot wings to share. Or go all out with a vegan no-chicken Shawarma with chilli paste, garlic, tahini, lemons and grillbread – a plant-based party in your mouth.

Great to go back to – Hickory’s, West Kirby, Wirral.

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Hickorys: Laid back family dining – southern style.

Sometimes you need to give your regular go to a rest for a while if for one reason or another the little things that you loved about a place, are replaced by little niggles that you loathe, but we headed back to Hickory’s recently (twice in the same week, yes it was that good) and boy have they upped their game.

New menu, great dishes, the brilliant energetic and attentive service is back and when you rock up with 4 kids and they don’t even flinch, this is our kind of place.

You’ll love the delicious southern style dishes, with plenty of choice for littlefolk. With a cinema room, activity and colouring, outdoor play space and a ‘decorate your own icecream’ station, this place is a big tick for kidfolk, and with a cool cocktail list and finger licking BBQ ribs, this place is a big tick for ParentFolk too.

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