Big Girl Days…
Like many of your children, my Eldest daughter, Edith, is starting school in 2 weeks. I have really mixed emotions about it all. On the one hand it’s my baby! Where did the last 4 1/2 years go, she’s so grown up! All the cliches are true people… cherish every moment.
But on the other hand… she’s SOOOO ready. She’s an October baby so will be one of the oldest in her year. Although her nursery, in my opinion, is second to none… I must admit that she’s own-grown the place now. She’s asking me more and more about how to write, read and all of the more academic things. I have never pushed this at all.. personally believing that they all develop at their own stage and let them lead on it… well she is well and truly ready now!
However, in order to prepare myself and make the most of it before my baby goes off into the big wide world all alone (dramatic… me?? I’ve told her she’ll always be my baby and, for now, she’s going with it!) I wanted to put in some time to have special ‘Big Girl’ days together.
So I had 5 days over the month of August planned to be just us 2… the miniest one is still in nursery so Edie we can enjoy each other’s company uninterrupted. Or so we thought….
A chance for a treat…
When The Rise at the Grand Hotel invited us to try out their new restaurant and claimed it was really child friendly I jumped at the chance… it would make the perfect destination for our first ‘Big Girls’ day out. What a treat!
The idea was to have a whole day out together… visiting lots of the fantastic family friendly places that York has to offer (luckily I know where to go to for ideas) with the lunch at The Rise in the middle… but my little one, Meggy, had other plans. The day before our first ‘Big Girls Day’ we got the dreaded call from nursery to say that Miniest Mumbler Meg had been sick.. which of course meant that she had to be off nursery for 48 hours! The poor little mite was really feeling sorry for herself so big cuddles were in order. Edith was pretty understanding really, given that I had been building up our ‘big girl days’ to the extreme! (Must remember… never reveal anything in advance!! Parenting basics!)
But Mr Mumbler stepped up to the mark and took over cuddling duties for a couple of hours over lunch so Edie and I could get our meal out together…. and wow am I glad we did!
We got Edie dressed up for the occasion – in a pretty dress of her choice. She felt so special & grown up! I told her that we were going to a really lovely place and off we went.
We were able to park at the NCP just behind The Grand Hotel and even this part was exciting to her… and me! I forget how easy it is to park up and get into town without a push chair and toddler in tow.
On the walk to The Grand I was explaining to Edith that this was the very best hotel in York. We were greeted by a very friendly doorman there who let Edie try on his hat and took a photo.. she was in her element! There were smiles and kind faces all the way to the restaurant… so far so good!
On being seated at our table, Edie was presented with a colouring activity book and pencils. Now you’ll know if you eat out with kids that these are available (indeed essential) in all family friendly restaurants… however I have to say that this one was one of the best I’ve ever seen. It had a really great mix of colouring, puzzles and activities and suited all different age ranges as there were lots of more challenging puzzles to keep the older ones amused too.
We each got a menu and ordered our drinks. Edie chose sparkling water (then asked what it was, once the waiter had left… to which I replied ‘fizzy water’ and I could tell she was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t some sort of unicorn glittery liquid! Still she enjoyed it!)
The kids menu was the perfect balance of tasty and different yet still safe…. Edie chose The Rise Mac and Cheese (which apparently was better than mums… I’ll try not to be offended!) I had the choice of a few smaller dishes or the Market Place Menu… I’ve never been able to choose 1 thing from menus… I’m easily tempted… so went for 3 smaller dishes. And wow I’m glad I did… I went for:
FRIED DUCK EGG, WILD MUSHROOMS, SPINACH AND TRUFFLE DRESSING
DRESSED WHITBY CRAB, APPLE PICKLED CUCUMBER AND WHITE BALSAMIC
MARINATED ARTICHOKE, SUN BLUSHED TOMATOES AND YORKSHIRE FETTLE SALAD
Oh my goodness it was all absolutely DELICIOUS! Seriously one of the best meals I’ve enjoyed in York. The dishes were small but perfectly formed and full of flavour. It was so nice to be able to eat out in a place, with my Mini Mumbler, and still enjoy a really high quality meal… empty plates all round at the end!
You can see the full menu HERE
The prices for the small dishes were mainly between £5-£10.. with plenty of choice around the £6-£8 mark. And here is the best bit… for the Month of August, KIDS EAT FREE!
Before desert we had to take a break… because Edith couldn’t wait any longer for the challenge we had read in her activity book…. we had to find the BEE hidden in the hotel. We had a clue and it took a while (and I’ll admit… we had to ask for help!) but we found it. I won’t spoil it for you.. go search for yourself.
I was so pleasantly surprised at how friendly ALL of the staff were – especially towards Edith as she was hurtling through the hotel and up the stairs to find the bee (Stairs like the Queen’s according to her!) of course she had to go ALL THE WAY to the top… 5 floors… she had such an adventure hunting for this bee!
After that we well and truly earned the pudding (5 floors easily cancels out Churros and Chocolate right?)
We really did have such a special lunch out – the perfect big girls time together and a treat before Edith starts school. I’d highly recommend this to any parent wanting to make some lovely memories with their children before school starts and actually having a really nice time and delicious food yourself too!
Children Eat Free at The Rise Restaurant, Terrace and Bar
One child per one paying adult dines free throughout August. Three small plates or one larger plate to be ordered by an adult to allow for one child free meal. Subject to availability. A child is classed as 12 years or under.
See WEBSITE for all the details.
THE RISE RESTAURANT, TERRACE & BAR, STATION RISE, YORK, YO1 6GD
T: 01904 380045