Don Paddy's, Uppingham

by - October 28, 2018

Don Paddy's is somewhere I've been before for drinks in the evening but never considered it somewhere to bring Millie to during the day-time. I was asked by the owner if I would be able to visit and give some feedback in order for them to become more child-friendly. Below is a review of my second visit (after I offered a couple of ideas). It has been brilliant to meet an owner of a local business who is keen to attract more families and make it a more child-friendly place.

You can enter Don Paddy's with a pram/stroller but there isn't much room for it when you get inside so, if you can, it'd be easier not to have it with you. As we had reserved a table, the highchair was already set up and waiting for us. They have two wooden highchairs which are a good height for the table. As soon as we entered, the staff were very attentive and took the time to speak to Millie making us feel very welcome. There aren't any activities for children so we brought out our trusty bag of toys, colouring pencils and paper to keep Millie entertained whilst we waited for the food to arrive. 

Don Paddy's have a lunchtime/evening menu for children with prices from £6.95-£8.95 for a hot meal. The portions are big and Millie enjoyed her food but did leave quite a lot - making my husband one happy man as he got to finish her leftover chicken goujouns. Millie's food was served with starter-sized metal cutlery meaning I didn't need to whip out the toddler cutlery that I always carry (it's amazing how many places have a children's menu yet only have adult-sized cutlery which Millie can't handle quite yet). As the food is served on ceramic plates and the tables are made of marble, Don Paddy's have placemats available on request if you feel your little one is likely to recreate a scene from a Greek wedding.

The main menu is huge with lots of choice from sandwiches/jacket potatoes (most are between £7-£9) to main meals like curry, risotto, steak, to name but a few. The prices of the main courses vary but are around the £16 mark. Don Paddy's also sell a range of pastries and cakes and offer coffee to go if you've not got time to sit in. My parents recently tried the coffee and walnut cake and said it was one of the best cakes they've had in ages (and they're bakers so they know their cakes!). The food here is more expensive than most of the cafes I'm used to, however, the quality is really good and worth coming back for. 

Although there could be some improvements in terms of activities for children, I'm giving Don Paddy's a rating of 'good' because of their friendly staff and effort to make families feel welcome.


As well as being child-friendly, Don Paddy's is dog-friendly too!

01572 822255
Mon-Sat 8am-11pm
Sun 9am-10:30pm

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