Many restaurants claim to be family friendly, but parents will know the greeting they get from places making such a claim can vary alarmingly.
Peterborough’s newest restaurant (although it won’t hold that title for long) is the Argo Lounge in Bridge Street.
We decided to test its family friendly credentials ...and then some. Our party consisted off one mum, one dad, a grandma, a toddler and one babe in arms. We were armed with one buggy, one pram and enough coats, scarves, hats and gloves to survive a Siberian snowstorm. The sight of us marching through the door might be enough to strike fear in some places but not the good people at the Argo.
We dealt with a number of staff throughout our meal and all were friendly and chatty but never intrusive.
The transformation of the building that once housed the Women’s Centre has been impressive creating a laidback atmosphere with its stylish shabby chic decor.
We went at 5pm on a Sunday - a time that fitted into our toddler’s routine and one we banked on as not being too busy. Sure enough the restaurant was not packed but played host to a healthy number of diners.
The menu has plenty to offer from all day brunches to tapas and sandwiches and burgers and loungers (eg risotto,chilli etc).
I went for the Hero Burger (£9.25) which was a6oz hamburger served with chorizo, mature cheddar,fried red onion, chimichurri, chipotle mayo and chilli in a brioche bun with house slaw and skin-on fries. I took the menu’s tip and made it “truly heroic’’ by adding an extra 6oz hamburger for £2.50). It was succulent and tasty and not overdone as so many burgers are.
Mum went for the Tin Pan Louie’s beef chilli (£8.95) slow-cooked American-style chunky beef chilli with basmati rice and sour cream, while grandma chose the winter vegetable risotto (£8.50) which consisted of roasted squash, carrot, parsnip, swede,mushroom and sage with a toasted pumpkin, sunflower seed and rocket salad.
Both were delighted with their choices and mum in particular was left licking her lips in appreciation.
Our toddler who was happily colouring in her menu (it was specifically designed for such with crayons supplied!) stopped long enough to tuck in to her sausages from the kids’ menu (£4.95).
A slight mix-up with our order resulted in apologies and complimentary drinks all round although it barely disturbed our meal.
For pudding we mixed and matched chocolate brownies and sticky toffee puddings with our toddler giving her ice cream a special seal of approval.
The bill with drinks (the ones we paid for) came to £61.65 which represented good value for good food. Most importantly for us the restaurant provided us with a very relaxing and enjoyable family experience.
Argo Lounge, 5-7 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ, telephone 01733 565255, see menus at www.thelounges.co.uk/argo-lounge/
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 8am – 11pm,Friday 8am – midnight(Food served 8am – 10pm),Saturday 9am – midnight, Sunday 9am – 11pm,(Food served 9am – 10pm)
9 out of 10
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