The Museum of London Docklands has long been one of our favourite family days out but we’ve never visited the restaurant there until now. This time we had lunch at Rum & Sugar during our visit to see whether it’s a good child-friendly restaurant in the Docklands.
There’s something at the museum for every age. Adults will find the exhibits about the history of the Docklands, its links with trade and slavery and the more modern history of the area fascinating. Young kids will love the Mudlarks play area, which has a soft play, giant Lego bricks and a model docks complete with dams. There’s plenty for older kids too. On the day we visited there was a Time Tunnellers session, which gave the kids the chance to play at being archaeologists and get a flavour for what it’s really like on a dig. We also visited the Tunnel exhibition about the fascinating things that have been uncovered during the works to build the new Crossrail line in London.
We had a brilliant time but as always happens the kids got hungry. And as you’ll know if you have kids, looking around a museum with hungry children is no fun at all so we headed to the Rum & Sugar restaurant for lunch. In the museum itself there is a small cafe which does sandwiches and cakes but for a hot meal you need to head to Rum & Sugar.
Is there a children’s menu at Rum & Sugar?
Yes, there’s a kids menu with five options on it. All five items came with chips and as I’ve noted before in my other restaurant reviews this meant that my two-year-old only ate chips and nothing else. I ordered him a fish finger wrap but he only took one bite. Luckily his dad was on hand to finish it off. My other two kids had burgers, which they were both very happy with. There’s also grilled chicken strips on the kids menu and the veggie option is a cheese and tomato tart, which can be ordered with salad instead of fries.
I had considered not ordering Little S a meal of his own and letting him share mine but it was lucky I didn’t do this as my meal was so spicy! More about that below.
It is baby friendly at Rum & Sugar?
Yes, there are plenty of high chairs and there’s a baby changing table in the museum next door which is open from 10am-6pm every day. There’s also step free access both from the street and from inside the museum.
Was there children’s entertainment?
The menu has a little bit of colouring on and a puzzle on it to help keep kids busy while they wait for the food to come.
What about adult food? Is there a good vegetarian selection?
There is an extensive menu at Rum & Sugar inspired by the Caribbean. There are four vegetarian starters and two vegetarian mains. I chose the coconut curried vegetables with sweetcorn slaw and roti. I also ordered a side of rice and peas and fried plantains. I shared the sides with my husband who ordered jerk chicken. My curry was really delicious but it was so spicy that I almost couldn’t manage it – and I think I have quite a high tolerance for chilli. I would definitely recommend to the chef to put a note on the menu that this dish is spicy as I know plenty of people who wouldn’t be able to manage that level of spice.
If you’re in the mood for an alcoholic tipple then you’ll find over 200 types of rum in the bar plus other spirits, beer, wine and cocktails. They also sell mocktails, juices and soft drinks.
It’s probably worth booking a table if you visit on the weekend as I noticed a number of people being turned away at about 1pm.
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Disclaimer: we received a free meal at the Rum & Sugar at Museum of London Docklands in return for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.