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Pram Friendly Restaurants in Canberra?

By Stephanie - 25 October 2012 60

Hi Everyone,

I have a 3 month old baby and am after suggestions on nice restaurants that are pram friendly. I know there are children friendly places that have play rooms and so forth however I’m after restaurants that are ok with prams and have the space to bring a pram through (and wont act like its a big inconvenience)… Also somewhere that’s nicer/more formal than the local club.

Looking forward to any responses.

Thanks!

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Pram Friendly Restaurants in Canberra?
poetix 11:49 am 25 Oct 12

Solidarity said :

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

You’re a sad, strange, little man.

A very strange little man indeed. As one who has been at home with a baby, I know that of which I speak.

Eby 11:46 am 25 Oct 12

I can second Bella Vista in Belconnen and Ellacure in Bruce for being pram friendly and generally baby friendly.

dtc 11:45 am 25 Oct 12

By ‘nice’ restaurant do you mean ‘up market special occasion’ or do you mean ‘good food and worth going to’? Lots of the comments to date yelling at you, assume the former but your reference to something ‘nicer than a club’ suggests you actually just want somewhere good but not high end dining.

In the latter category you can count many Asian restaurants – they are generally less formal and you can fit the pram against the wall somewhere (not all – I wouldnt try Sammys, for example).

Anyway, as mentioned – what part of the ACT are you looking at?

DrKoresh 11:43 am 25 Oct 12

Young mum’s with big honking prams were always my least favourite customer demographic when I was working at Flathead’s (not counting one particular clan of filthy hippies and their bratty, spoiled chillen). They always park their prams in the way and then crack the shits when people have to push past or ask them to move the contraption, they let their children make disgusting messes and on top of that they all seem to possess an entitled smugness that apparently comes with being a new mother.

Solidarity 11:22 am 25 Oct 12

poetix said :

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

You’re a sad, strange, little man.

poetix 11:07 am 25 Oct 12

Feed the baby.
Say hello to babysitter.
Go out for nice dinner.
Return home.
Feed baby.

I do not want to be in a good restaurant with other people’s children. Or anyone who can’t use cutlery properly. Or anyone who I can hear eating from the next table. Or anyone who talks loudly about real estate, for that matter. All bad.

But to put a nicer spin on it, you deserve to have a break from looking after the baby, and to go out with your partner or friends. As do the other people in the restaurant.

smilesr 11:03 am 25 Oct 12

Ellacure in Bruce is very accommodating with children/babies, has very nice food and good, attentive service.

Postalgeek 10:56 am 25 Oct 12

Try Pialligo. Several nurseries have nice eating areas and room outside to sprawl. And the surrounds are nice.

jase! 10:49 am 25 Oct 12

shirty_bear you make two assumptions. the first one is that I don’t have kids and the second is that if I don’t have them I want them, I will give you a clue, one of them is wrong

crackerpants 10:44 am 25 Oct 12

Yes, this post will most likely spark a debate about babies in public, and lots of comments that parents must necessarily become shut-ins until their children leave home of their own accord.

That aside, my best advice is to simply call the restaurant/cafe of your choice to make a booking, let them know you’ll be bringing a young baby in a pram, and ask if this will be a problem. Other options are to wear bub in a sling, if that’s your thing, or just bring in the bassinet (leaving the pram base in the car) or the capsule, and park your sleeping baby under the table – this has worked a treat for us in the past. I don’t know whether you’re after dinner only, but cafes with outdoor seating are great for lunch.

You know your baby – have an escape plan to soothe crying and feed, but babies of this age are very portable, so don’t be put off by the naysayers. I don’t know any 3 month olds that have “tantrums”. Just extend courtesy and consideration and you’ll get it back 🙂

Solidarity 10:41 am 25 Oct 12

Why do you need a pram, why can’t you do what everyone else does, and that is take the capsule in and plonk it on one of the chairs?

neanderthalsis 10:40 am 25 Oct 12

Whilst being childless myself, I could suggest Bella Vista in Belconnen. They are usually more than accommodating to families.

shirty_bear 10:34 am 25 Oct 12

I’ve got a dollar that says when jase! gets around to breeding, they’ll be the one with the tantrum-throwing-stroller-riding kid right in everyone’s way, claiming it’s their right to go somewhere nice.

Nothing constructive for the question itself, sorry … gave up going to nice places longer ago than I care to remember :-\

Eby 10:07 am 25 Oct 12

Please ignore jasel and his/her unnecessary rudeness and lack of consideration.

What area of the ACT are you looking at Stephanie?

jase! 9:50 am 25 Oct 12

probably not the kind of response you were looking for but please consider the other people that want to go to a nice/formal place and don’t want to be a. tripping over prams and b. subjected to baby noises/tantrums

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