As the silly bug spreads within my little travelling circus, I've been reluctant to dine in public for fear of bread breaking shenanigans. Lately my eight month old "operatic soprano" thrives from an audience as she flamboyantly belts out a few head turning, glass shattering ditties of a meal time. Not to be outdone my three year old channels "Ye ole town crier" as he hollers Ipod! Ipod! Ipod! (yes, we're one of the pioneering "Ipod-as-a-silencer" parents) to the beating of a knife/fork/table/sauce/glass/plate combo drum solo. To add to this joyous ritual that is our life in public they have both discovered the wonderful world of acoustics in all its echoing, sound bouncing glory. Apologies to the good people at many a Dome cafe.
I can hardly be blamed for nervously awaiting an onslaught of flashing lights and warning sirens accompanied by a sea of tut-tuts and sideward scowls whenever we "roll on up" to an eatery. So like a circus that has exhausted its welcome in one area, we leave for another and head South. And thank the big top clown gods we did.
It's also fully licensed which was almost enough to bring a tear of joy to my eye, until I realised, it's child friendly too! They have a good sized area inside with toys, books, colouring in, a few child sized tables as well as high chairs on offer.
There is a wood fire so it's toasty warm though you will have to drag yourself away from the indoor wonders to really experience the natural extravaganza that awaits outside.
The views of the Serpentine Dam and National Park are breathtaking. There is wildlife aplenty and if the clean air and surreal feeling of open space doesn't calm down the littlies, then a walk down to the dam and the observation tower should hopefully tucker them out.