I’m something of a recent convert to play cafés, having discovered the Hidden Tea Shop a few months back. Since then, I’ve become aware that there’s a few of them around. In Chesham, ‘Thé, Stay and Play’ is making itself a name as fixture amongst local play venues. Soft play normally requires a trip to one of the larger towns – Wycombe, Aylesbury, Watford and the like so having something more local, even on a smaller scale, is welcome. Being in a smaller town also has its advantages, as the shop backs on to one of the larger car parks, making it an easy walk even for tiny legs.
No, this isn’t a parody of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but rather a fine family-friendly cafe tucked away in the village of Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire. Given the number of families in the area, it’s something of a surprise that there aren’t more businesses with play areas so it’s always a joy when one comes along.
Odds Farm Park is a popular destination for families in Bucks, Berks, NW London and likely beyond. It combines farm animals, extensive indoor and outdoor play options and other attractions to make for a full trip out.
Our favourite local restaurant for special occasions is the Artichoke, situated in Old Amersham. Going into the old town feels like a special occasion in itself with its half-timbered boutique shops and centuries old coaching inns but add some spectacular cuisine into the equation and you’ve got something very special indeed. By a quirk of history Amersham nestles in idyllic Chiltern countryside while still being on the London Underground, at the very end of the Metropolitan Line.
The Aquadrome in Rickmansworth is a landscaped series of lakes on the Herts-London border, featuring waterside and woodland paths, a family friendly cafe, playground, recreation space and nature reserve. A highlight to any visit to the Aquadrome is Cafe in the Park, the popular cafe at the heart of the area, providing delicious meals sourced from free range, locally sourced ingredients.