While visiting London, I met up with some friends with kids at Nancy's Pantry and immediately wished it were closer to my home in Los Angeles. My two kids would immediately take to the many play options and environments in the space, and my wife would love the healthy and delicious food offerings for them. Oddly, I didn't really feel out of place for lack of my own rugrats around me due to the refined design beyond the grassy rugs and playhouses - perhaps due to the racks of fresh bread and bottles of wine. The cheese plate and cottage pie were worthy of a fine restaurant and it was a surprisingly peaceful dining experience. Next time I bring my kids to London, we'll be making a visit and will be hoping that one of these opens in the Westside of Los Angeles soon!
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Posted: Wed Feb 19 2014
New restaurant in Dalston where children come first. Play areas and special kids menu available. Nanny not included.
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We all (wife + 8, 7 + 4 year old) went to experience Nancy's Pantry last weekend, and were blown away. Food is excellent and healthy and the kids all had great fun. The eldest (boy) spent 30 mins inventing a new game on the overhead projector, the middle (boy) explored which of hot water, salt or sand made ice melt quickest whilst my 4 year old daughter did hand prints on leaves. All this, whilst my wife and I spent time eating fantastic food and wait for it......talking to each other. When was the last time you managed that whilst in a restaurant with your young kids?? Just wish there were more Nancy's Pantry's across all of London.
Took my nephew and niece along with my two (slightly older) children. I just wish that somewhere like this had been around when my children were small. Great food, coffee, staff and educational (but fun) activities for a wide range of children. Lucky residents of Dalston - it's a gem!
Charmed and impressed! We went on a Sunday morning at 11.30am - which, pleasingly, is the time at which the lunch (as opposed to breakfast) options become available. It's always reassuring to see a small and perfectly formed menu, and both the fish pie and the pork escalope were great. No disapproving looks for young diners, who are brilliantly catered for in all possible ways, and an atmosphere that, while relaxing, felt very much like an 'event'. Really reasonably priced, too. Overall, a feelgood experience that we'll definitely revisit.
OK, I'm a Dad and I love taking my children out, but I'm sick of sitting behind old school desks which are too small, while eating cartoon themed food and looking at bad murals of frightening clowns. To be honest my son's favourite play area is the turbine hall at the Tate. So, a new saviour has come to town in the form of Nancy's Pantry. It's great because it is centred around the children, but for once the parents haven't been forgotten. A great space to run around in, lots of clever and intriguing toys and artefacts for the children to explore and while they are away having fun there is a fab menu for the parents. Thing is my son rushes back, grabs the menu, places an order and heads back to play with the other children. The ambience is architecture cool, a great place to meet friends in or hang by yourself. OK, you get the picture. It's great, simple and a real gem.
A truly remarkable restaurant addition to Dalston/Hackney. A huge space where parents can eat tasty and healthy food (I had baked salmon and ginger and lentil salad followed by some cheesecake) whilst the children (1.5 and 5) had wonderful fun in the activities area. They were engrossed as the play supervisor showed them how to make a kaleidoscope out of a fern before then challenging to walk along a bubble wrap carpet whilst making as little sound as possible. They then sat down (and stayed sat down!) and ate cottage pie and gluten-free cupcake. I am promising myself only to tell my very close friends as its that good, I kind of don't want everyone to know about it.
Loved our visit to Nancy's Pantry. I took some friends with our toddlers and I really enjoyed the space and time away from the kids - they got involved with the activities and we just enjoyed the food. The ham hock was great (and cheap!) and the kids loved their lunches and homemade lemonade. There aren't many restaurants that we go to regularly as they are expensive and a bit of a hassle with kids, but we'll deffo be going back to this place.
Nancy's Pantry is a brave and exciting addition to East London's burgeoning, quality eateries. Based in the vibrant new Dalston Square, the focus is on families where parents and their small people are equally catered for. The menu is carefully thought out with a range of tasty dishes catering for food intolerances and allergies. The space itself is epic with double height ceilings and the layout of the furniture makes for a friendly, relaxing and accessible space to eat, chat and play. Where Nancy's Pantry is truly unique is the quality of the activities for children of all ages. Qualified play workers supervise all kinds of educational activities with microscopes, a splashing pool, nature samples to explore and projected wall displays with all kinds of natural imagery. My favourites are the overhead projectors which the kids can experiment with creating their own abstract wall projections. I would highly recommend a visit to this iconic restaurant for people with and without children. You will experience an 'Alice in Wonderland' tea party atmosphere, as individually eclectic tea sets serve up a wonderful selection of speciality teas.
It is just what every parent has been crying out for; a safe place for the kids to play where you can all get something to eat and drink which isn't a grotty soft-play prison. A genuinely joyful and relaxing experience.
"Nancy's Pantry is the restaurant where children are as important as the food". This is the restaurant slogan and I have to say, it is 100% true. It is a great place for families with babies, toddlers and children under 10. There are toys available for free, crawling area for under 2 and a drawing long table for kids. The place count with an activity room and a parking area for prams. What I most liked about Nancy's Pantry is that as a mum of an 11-month-old baby, I was able to enjoy my food sitting next to the crawling area. My son had fun and I could relax. Regarding the food, there is a large healthy children menu (including baby food). The adult food menu is also good. I had a delicious salmon steak with a quinoa salad as side dish. The prices are fair. At last but not least Gemma, the owner of the place, is a lovely person. With a big smile she manage actively the place and give a personal attention to her customers, making them feel really welcome.