This evening I was lucky enough to be invited to an event to launch to the new branch of Natural Kitchen on Baker Street. All signs are positive for this to be a new family-friendly venue for Marylebone.
As all Marylebone residents know, Natural Kitchen is a popular deli/coffee shop/food store on the High Street. Its always and busy at most times of day, with great food especially the salad selection and the great butcher. The premises on the High St are not that easy to navigate as it is a smallish store but there is a lift so it is pram friendly as such. The new premises are more about prepared food for take out or dine-in, and there is a bar too with a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
The deli counter, with its main and salads deals and juices was sizeable and I look forward to the usual great selection of salads which make a great lunch or dinner on those days when you're just too tired to cook. The restaurant menu is a nice safe menu with lots of favourites that would please all members of the family - burgers (beef, lamb, chicken, fish), grills, salads, fish pie and fish cakes all caught my eye. There wasn't a single thing on the menu that I wouldn't order! There is a kids menu which I couldn't find, but many of the items on the main menu seemed both adult and kid friendly so I'm sure its a well thought out selection.
The layout is very pram-friendly - the entrance ramp means to awkward steps to manoeuvre, and there are baby changing facilities and high chairs available. There seemed to be plenty of space between tables as well which is very important!
I can see this being a popular destination both with the lunchtime office crowd and with locals throughout the day and on weekends. It would have been great to have some space for a small selection of groceries or fresh fruit and vegetables, or a butcher counter but I guess a few minutes extra walk to the High Street branch isn't too bad.
Definitely a venue for a future meet-up!