- Brunch – Starfish, Palmers Green
The best brunch place in all of North London (and trust me I have tried and tested a few!!) would have to be Starfish, it doesn’t only have the yummiest brunches in town but it does great coffee, cocktails or prosecco (if you fancy it) and homemade cakes. It doesn’t allow dogs, however when the sun is shinning or you can wrap up warm in the winter, you can sit outside and they have a hook to tie up your furry friend and come out with a nice big bowl for water.
- Walk in Trent Park, Cockfosters
As you can see by the photos below, I am a BIG fan on Trent park, even when Sophia was in my belly I used to enjoy going for long walks with Frank and 10 months + on we are going on beautiful walks and taking in nature together as a three. There is so many different walks to explore and there is a really good cafe which does decent coffee and delicious cakes and the food is pretty good too, very surprising for a park cafe!
- Grovelands Park Walk, Winchmore Hill
Grovesland is only a walk away from me and I usually enter by the Broadwalk entrance as it is always interesting looking at the big houses on the way. It has a beautiful lake with lots of birds and swans…so depending on your dog I would keep them on a lead! It is a really peaceful park and lots of space to sit and have a picnic.
- Forty Hall Park Walk, Enfield
We are definitely spoilt with parks and lush land around Enfield which is perfect all weather round with a dog and baby. There is plenty of places to pull out a rug with lots of toys and a picnic for you and baby… and dog if they are on clean up duty! It is one of the best things to do as its interesting for all, great for baby to see nature and great for dog obviously but also wonderful exercise for us parents.
Forty Hall is another beautiful venue with lots of woodland walks by a big pond as well as following lots of different and interesting trail walks. The cafe also allows dogs in which is an added bonus.
- Kings Head Pub, Winchmore Hill
The pubs I would suggest are all in Winchmore Hill, most people I know who live in surrounding areas will travel to Winchmore Hill as the area is full of great gastro pubs. They have great food, atmosphere, drinks and a generally good vibe. Kings Head especially has a big space for doggies with the outside area which has quite a bit of shade for babies and dogs but also inside apart from the restaurant area you can sit anywhere. During the summer they have BBQs and Pimms/Gin pop up bars in the garden. You can order veg for babies and ask for no salt, I got the baby potatoes with mint for Sophia last time and asked for no salt and Sophia demolished them!
They are very dog friendly and will always offer dog treats to your pup.
There is also Salisbury and Queens Head which again are great pubs with space for doggies and babies.
- Lea Valley Farm – see here
I have left the best to last, a fun family day out for all and you can bring your pooch!! as long as they are well behaved and kept on a lead.
There are plenty of farms which kids of course love to visit but dogs are not allowed to come which is always such a shame so that’s why Lea valley is the best as it is a great farm with lots of animals, a good walk and fun for all.