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Our guide to the top family restaurants, child friendly cafes & suitable places to eat with kids in tow.

James Duckett at the Old Custom House

The Strand, Barnstaple, North Devon

James Duckett's award winning restaurant in Barnstaple serves fine food and is amongst the top ten diner rated restaurants in the entire South West of England, see Top Table; it was named 'Best Restaurant' in the 2009 North Devon Food and Drink Awards; and received a Gold Award in the 2009 Taste of the West Awards for its use of local produce. It features in the current Michelin and Good Food Guides.

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Black Boy Inn

Northgate Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd

The Black Boy Inn, Caernarfon, North Wales, has been offering hotel accommodation and dining of distinction for more than five centuries. Situated in the heart of the Royal Borough of Caernarfon, within the medieval town walls, the hotel has charm aplenty with its roaring open fires, oak beams and all the Welsh character that its age and location suggests.

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The Cornish Pizza Company

68 Vicarage Road, St Agnes

Tasty, locally sourced Cornish produce served in pizza form - the kids will be happy, as will you!

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The Ryder Grill at The Belfry Hotel & Resort

Here at The Ryder Grill, our Executive Head Chef Robert Bates and his brigade create dishes from only the highest quality ingredients, all locally sourced, freshly selected, and lovingly prepared. The Ryder Grill succeeds in providing the most memorable of dining experiences. The a la carte menu provides a refreshing take on modern dining. Diners can enjoy stunning views across the iconic Brabazon golf course and in the summer enjoy the outdoor terrace. Succulent steaks, chargrills and spit roasts, fish and lobster, all designed to enhance your culinary experience.

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The Foxhunter

The Foxhunter, Nantyderry, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Matt Tebbutt owns and runs the Foxhunter, which has won a number of awards such as the Perfect Pub Awards' Best Food, and the AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales. He is on TV regularly and has written a cook book emphasising his love of fresh natural ingredients. The restaurant serves Modern British food with a daily-changing menu featuring local, seasonal and wild foods. Two cottages are available for overnight stays or weekly on request. Foraging trips with a wild food lunch are run for most of the year. High chairs and travel cots are available.

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Bordeaux Quay

V-Shed Canons Way, Bristol

The child friendly brasserie, on the light and airy ground floor of Bordeaux Quay opens onto a waterside terrace. With a well stocked toy box and a menu that changes to reflect the best local and seasonal ingredients, it serves excellent bistro classics such as handmade burgers and chips, with most dishes on the a la carte menu available in child portions. Open from morning until evening seven days a week, with a children’s meal promotion in the school holidays.

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Harry’s Restaurant

86 Longbrook Street, Exeter

Harry's is an established local favourite restaurant with a wide-ranging menu to suit a wealth of tastes served up in a lively and friendly setting. The Pounds family and friends work hard to provide quality, tasty food at affordable prices, a varied menu with something for everyone and a relaxed, fun, friendly environment for staff and customers.

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RockFish Grill & Seafood Market

128 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol

Fresh fish cooked over the charcoal fire is our speciality. Fish is delivered daily from the South Coast for sale in our fishmongers and to enjoy in the restaurant. For a fantastic day out all day cookery schools are fun on Mondays. The RockFish Grill & Seafood Market is all about seriously fresh fish, with the latest catch delivered each day. Simple and mouth-watering grilled fish and steaks cooked over a charcoal fire to give them a unique, delicious Mediterranean flavour. The menu changes daily but expect to find dishes like Dartmouth crab, dressed to order, a plate of mixed fried seafood, bream cooked in paper with roasted garlic and thyme and family favourites like fish and chips. The focus is on fantastic fresh cooked food in relaxed and informal surroundings. Great food for all of the family, get the kids trying something new and cracking a crab or tucking into seafood spaghetti, they’ll love the counter at the Seafood market and comfy banquette seating; whilst adults can eat top quality seafood and a wine list to match. Sign up to our free newsletter via the web to keep in touch.

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The Bathwick Boatman Restaurant

Bathwick Boatman, Forester Road

Lovely riverside eaterie in old rowing clubhouse above working boating station. So pretty and unique, family run and good old fashioned value for money. Unpretentious and welcoming, car park, amazing home cooked food "We've had one of our best ever meals here!" Bath Life 2010.

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