Bill's restaurants are great for families. They're a great choice if you're looking for kid friendly restaurants in London and have an increasing number of branches all over the UK.
Back in the day before the Sneaky Veg kids were born one of my all-time favourite things to do was get the train down to Brighton with my girl friends, queue for brunch at Bill's and then spend the rest of the day shopping. The last time I did this I was pregnant with R and the kind staff at Bill's found me a stool so I didn't have to stand to queue!
Luckily for me Bill's now have branches all over London and they all serve up good, real food with lots of veggie options.
We were invited along to Bill's to review the experience and in particular the kids' menu. I have mixed feelings about children's menus. Often the choices are both uninspiring and unhealthy and the kids end up eating chicken nuggets and chips. And in the case of Little S, who is 2, if I order him anything with chips he will eat all the chips and nothing else on his plate. It also means that they're much less likely to try something new.
On the other hand, having a separate children's menu usually mean that there's something that's an appropriate portion size and that my kids will like leaving me free to enjoy my meal in peace. In theory anyway!
Read on to find out what we thought of lunch at Bill's.
Is there a children's menu at Bill's?
Yes, the Bill's kids' lunch and dinner menu costs £6.50. It comes with a glass of juice, a starter, a main and a dessert.
The starter is crudités and hummus. This came pretty much straight away and I think this is a good idea as it helps keep the kids happy if they're hungry and occupied while you peruse the menu to decide what to order for yourself!
There are six main course options on the kids menu. Four of them have chips. Luckily one of the other options is macaroni cheese so I was able to order something chip-less for S. The macaroni cheese is also the only kids veggie option. The other options are sausage and mash, steak, ribs, chicken burger and fish fingers. Each meal (apart from the macaroni cheese) comes with a side of vegetables. Of course, there is no obligation to order from the kids menu - you could order something from the main menu if you preferred. I had a halloumi salad and had to give up half of my halloumi to the kids!
Miss R, 5, had the steak, R, 7 had the chicken burger and S had the macaroni cheese. Although we eat vegetarian at home the kids make their own choices as to what to eat when we're out and about or they're at school. They all followed up with an ice cream (I said no to chocolate brownies).
Is Bill's baby friendly?
There were plenty of high chairs and a baby changing table. There wasn't much space by our table for a buggy but the staff showed me where to store it. I had to carry the buggy up two steps to get to our table. The staff were absolutely fantastic and made us feel very welcome. I was on my own with the three children when we visited and they helped me out by watching my older two kids at the table while I took the toddler to the toilet (which was just around the corner).
What about adult food? Is there a good vegetarian selection?
The menu at Bill's is really comprehensive and most tastes would be catered for. I chose to have a grilled halloumi salad but there are lots of other veggie options such as a grown up macaroni cheese with mushrooms, leeks and truffle oil, a ricotta and red pepper tart, a aubergine and chickpea dhal and a halloumi burger. There are two vegan main courses.
We visited the Bill's Clink Street branch. We made a day of it with a trip to the Tate Modern before lunch, which we're lucky enough to live ten minutes from, and then a long walk along the Southbank while our food went down.
Read some of my other restaurant reviews for more kid friendly and vegetarian friendly restaurants in London.
If you like this you might like Bill's butternut squash lasagne.
Disclaimer: We received a free meal at Bill's in return for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.