Bears Ice Cream

Location:  West London

Cuisine: Sweet

Price Range: £

LFM Score: 3/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 3/3

Ice-cream + cutesy bear logos = kid heaven. Parent hell though, as we bow into toddler pressure to purchase an over-priced Mr Whippy type soft ice cream. OK Bear Ice cream have more of an unique selling point – a selection of toppings from apple crumble to crushed dime bars to top your ice cream, or get it whizzed up in one great mush (think McFlurry).

The ice cream was good, not amazing for the price tag (£3.50 for a ‘small glacier’). However, we like the concept and the kitsch feel of the ice cream parlour – black board/chalk tables for kids to scribble on. Bit of an odd location – stuck on a main road between Turnham Green and Shepherds Bush. They would do better on a high st so not sure it’s worth the trek unless you are a local .

http://www.bearsicecream.co.uk/

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Snowflake Gelato @Selfridges

Location: West End

Cuisine: Sweet

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 3/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 1/3

If you have a sweet tooth like London Foodie Mama, then the terms ‘Afternoon Tea’ and ‘Ice-Cream’ certainly get the salivary glands pumping. Recently, Snowflake at Selfridges have come up with the ultimate sweet treat… Ice-Cream Afternoon Tea! #OMG

Upon arrival, we were served a tier of ice-cream treats, including ice-cream sandwiches, ice-cream macaroons and mini ice-cream cones dipped in chocolate. All rather pretty and dainty (and photogenic for those Instagram posts). However, after a few bites and slowly creeping into a diabetic coma, the novelty wore off. There was a lack of taste variation between each treat – all were vanilla ice cream  based accompanied by various forms of chocolate or biscuit. We craved for other ice cream flavours or even a sorbet diversification. <sigh> Maybe our expections had been too high.

The ambience of the venue failed to harmonise with the delicate nature of the food. Based in the noisy, crowded ground floor of the Selfridges food hall,  our destination was a few cramped tables beside a window overseeing a side street of busy Oxford Street (with an awkward structural beam in the middle).  Not the desired surroundings whilst charging  £15pp.

No high chairs and no space for buggies sadly, and even worse, the toilets were on another floor, on the other side of the building – bad news for a potty training toddler “Mama, I need the toilet NOW”.

Great idea. Execution disappointed.

https://www.facebook.com/snowflakegelato/

Maitre Choux

Location: South Kensington (South West London)

Cuisine: Sweet (Patisserie)

Price Range: £££

LFM Score: 4/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 1/3

Macaroons were sooo 2014. Now Eclairs have well and truly overtaken the patisserie scene in London. Maitre Choux has set up shop in the high end district of South Kensington to catch the well heeled clientele. Beautifully decorated eclairs are lined up in the shop window which draw you in subconsciously.

London Foodie Mama is on a budget (nappies are expensive did you know)-  we couldn’t justify forking out £5-6 for just ONE eclair! So we dug deep in our empty pockets to try out the (cheaper) freshly baked Chouquettes which had just come out of the oven – think choux pastry balls covered in crunchy sugar crystals…tres bien oui oui. My Parisian plus one agreed that these were as good as they get.

The tiny cafe houses 2 tables with VERY little space for buggies (to manoeuvre our buggy to one table we had to disturb other guests and request they move their chairs – tres embarassing). So best to take home your eclairs (hide them from your sprogs!)

http://www.maitrechoux.com/

Balthazar

Location: West End

Cuisine: French

Price Range: £££

LFM Score: 4/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 2/3

Balthazar is a french brasserie set in the heart of Covent Garden. Lovely atmosphere and decor – great to take a date or your visiting guests from abroad.  The food is of a high standard – the duck confit was as good as we have sampled in France.  The afternoon tea was good value at £25 compared to the high end hotels such as the Ritz or Claridges; scones were delightful and the patisseries beautifully presented. The sandwiches were rather average and dry though.

During the day, the venue is casual enough for children however the acoustics of the room means it gets very noisy. There were large groups of ladies-who-lunch, sipping their tea and we felt slightly out of place in the grand settings.  Highchairs available, tables a little tightly packed to house buggies. Staff were extremely helpful and friendly – top marks there.

 

www.balthazarlondon.com/

La Patisserie des Reves

Location: South West

Cuisine: Sweet

Price Range: ££

LFM Score: 2/5

Bebe Friendly Score: 1/3

There is Greggs… and there is Patisserie des reves. Worlds apart. Every patisserie looks amazing but we wonder if there is style over substance. The selection we tried were rather dry except the Paris Brest. The hot chocolate was creamy and sweet but overall, this place is over priced (maybe not for the local South Kensington-ites). Only a few tables so not great if there are many yummy mummies around with their bugaboos.

http://lapatisseriedesreves.com/en//