The Dinky Diner

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One of the things I am most looking forward to as a new mum is exploring the region through a fresh pair of eyes. Scheduling a year off the day job and having a car, I envisaged the Canny Food baby and I would have adventures while Jnr and Mr. Canny were out at school and work, respectively.

imageHaving support during half term week and Mr. Canny’s paternity leave I’ve realised just how difficult getting out and about is withย a little one, even with the additional help. A trip to Beamish Museum with its limited changing facilities, alongside the fact there isn’t anywhere private to feed the baby, opened my eyes to the issues faced by mums on a day to day basis. It also hammered home why most mums tend to ‘batten down the hatches’ for a few months before venturing out with a baby, whereas we took the baby to Ernest on her 3rd day of life! We also popped into Zapatista for burritos on her 4th day (photo above). I was determined to just ‘get on with it’.

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Eating out shouldn’t be complicated for families, and I find it sad that things haven’t improved in the 14 years between my two children. Because of this I decided to add a new category to the blog – Dinky Dining. This will be dedicated to the places I visit with the baby and will focus on what the facilities are like for changing nappies, for feeding and, when she’s up for it, what the children’s menu is like.

If you have any suggestions for child-friendly places to visit just let us know so we can feature them on these pages.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

9 Comments

  1. Katie Bryson

    Congrats on your gorgeous new arrival, she’s beautiful! Good for you getting out and about too, you need plenty of fresh air and a change of scenery when you’ve had a baby to try and normalise a bit with all the sleepless nights. xxx

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      Any excuse to eat cake! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  2. Rachelle

    I fed my teeny tiny one in the tram stops at Beamish when he was first born. No one batted an eyelid. Only person it seemed to make uncomfortable was my father in law!

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I think my own fear as a new mum feeding goes a long way towards it, although I’ve visited a few places that have put chairs in the baby change for the purpose that are a lot smaller than Beamish. I remain unimpressed.

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  3. Samantha Rickelton

    Fab idea – did you see that Ernst run a baby meet event? I noticed it on their fb page. It’s been 3 years since I last changed a nappy and even longer since I fed a baby somewhere so I don’t have any recommendations but will definitely be sharing your reviews on my fb page as I’m sure my followers would love to hear what you have to say ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      That would be great. The idea of a date night now is in the dim and distant past. It will be all centred round Dinky going forward ๐Ÿ™‚

      I saw the Ernest event & will definitely be going in the future x

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  4. deidre

    Never understood the point of a children’s menu,surely good parenting should involve encouraging children to eat the same as parents,just in smaller portions, otherwise i fear we will have a further generation of overweight,fussy children

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    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I agree that often the menu for children is filled with chicken nuggets and chips, which is a shame.

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    2. AngieB

      Children’s menus are an abomination, I agree with Deirdre. Kids should just eat smaller portions of “adult” food. I was in a place today where children were happily eating hake, mussels, pork belly, short rib. Great to see. No pickiness, no fussiness, no faff.

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