When Rebecca was born, S and I started to have similar dreams. In the early hours of the morning, eyes exhausted with the desperation for more sleep and bodies yearning to return to bed, we would mumble our dream to the other.
‘I dreamt last night our house had an extra room which I never knew about.’ he said
‘Me too!’ I replied. ‘ I dreamt there was a room at the back of our bedroom.’
We kept dreaming about finding rooms in familiar places. Why? I guess while our lives had taken such a dramatic change we needed places to stay the same but we also needed them to have extra space which accommodated our new life. Favourite restaurants had become out of bounds, friends were too far to get to and we couldn’t find anywhere in London we could hang out with a baby anymore. No space was right and we were too tired to venture into the unknown.
So, imagine our delight when we discovered a local cafe perfect for a baby/toddler in tow. Sarah’s Cafe is located in Harrow on the Hill, London, and has what is needed with a little one – a garden with picnic benches and incredible food. There are high chairs; lego and teddies to keep little hands occupied in pretty surroundings. S and I can enjoy tea and scones with cream and strawberry jam, whilst Rebecca can eat from the kids menu. But our particular favourite is an English roast dinner on Sundays. Traditional deliciousness, giving us a much needed hug around our tummies. The garden space is safe and enclosed so Rebecca can run around without us having to run after her. The only down side I would say is that there’s no baby changing area and this can be a bit tricky. Remember to keep a changing mat on you!
The autumnal weather in London has been quite warm so far but it does feel like there’s only a few of these days left. Local cafes with newly discovered outdoor spaces are a dream come true, and we intend to use them until the winter weather drives us back indoors dreaming of restaurants with extra rooms and homes with undiscovered secret spaces.