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One mother’s hungry ambition to have families dining out again Posted On 04 June 2021

Government legislation now permits restaurants and cafes to be open again, and one particular businesswoman in Leigh wants families back out in the eateries

 

During lockdown, mother-of-one, Ms Katy Pearson, founded a brilliant website called Baby Eats Out. The campaign sets out to make eating out with babies a lot less stressful than it already is, and with restrictions seriously starting to ease now, what better time for Katy to be spreading the word!

Across the UK, scores of hospitality venues have reopened, and have subscribed to Katy’s campaign, signing up to her innovative scheme. Even Masterchef judge and food critic, William Sitwell, backs the scheme.

Mr Sitwell said on air: “I think Baby Eats Out is a really good campaign. I think it encourages parents and mums who are on their own in the day to eat out.”

Ms Pearson, 35, of Leighton Avenue, has said: “There are thousands of new mums across Essex and beyond who, having had a baby in lockdown, have not been allowed to go to a café with their little one yet. My son is five now, but I still remember the stress of struggling to navigate my way into an eatery with my baby in his buggy, only to realise that there was no baby changing or high chairs.

“On more than one occasion I was forced to changed his nappy on the floor of a toilet. As restrictions ease and families can start eating out, there are likely to be lots of mums and dads feeling a nervous going into eateries. Baby Eats Out helps make it a less stressful experience. The stickers on a venue’s door mean you can clearly see what baby friendly services an eatery has. And on the website there are more than 100 Essex restaurants and cafes clearly showing they are family friendly.”

From baby changing facilities and high chair provision to kids menus, Baby Eats Out’s scores on the door system is the simple way to know exactly what family-friendly services an eatery offers.

Local eateries who back the scheme include Chalkwell’s Temple Café, Leigh Bagel Bar, Frank and Luna’s in Westcliff. Others wanting to join the scheme – free of charge – should message Ms Pearson through the website.

Katy added: “After the lockdowns of the past year, the hospitality sector needs all the support it can get, and Baby Eats Out is helping both families and eateries battle back from the struggles of the pandemic.”

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