Because sometimes chicken dippers and fish fingers just aren't going to cut it, even when you're five

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Children and restaurants: easily one of the great social debates of our time.


Once you've gotten over the initial battle of their behaviour in public, there's the next fight: namely, what will your child eat?


Trust us, watching your mini-me reject everything on the menu to inhale chips or butter straight from the dish – no bread – is nothing short of demoralising.


Especially when you're paying £20 for the privilege.


Well, Londoners may be in luck: MasterChef: The Professionals judge and Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing is on the case.


The top chef has just launched an eight-course tasting menu at his hip new eatery Tredwell's as part of the Bookatable "Culinary Kids campaign" that aims to motivate restaurants to make more of an effort to cater to the half-pint crowd.


The initiative comes after recent research revealed that children are surprisingly ignorant when it comes to food and haven't tried a wide variety of vegetables, meat and fruit.


A recent survey from Bookatable also found that British parents are dissatisfied with the selection for children in restaurants.

The eight-course Junior Taste menu at Tredwell's, which is £17 a head, aims to broaden children's horizons when it comes to food with dishes including happy heritage tomatoes, with goats' cheese, music bread and balsamic vinegar; chorizo jam, egg yolk and avocado tartlets and harissa-glazed aubergine.


"We have always tried to be creative with our children’s offering and steered away from the normal chicken and chips style of food.


"We welcome kids of all ages at Tredwell’s and aim for our menu to be fresh and different," Chantelle Nicholson, group operations director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants, said in a statement.


Restaurants including Busaba Eathai and Las Iguanas are also working to improve their child-friendly offerings as part of the "Culinary Kids campaign".


Hear, hear! Now how long before it takes our kids to order a tomato and goats' cheese salad in a restaurant and enjoy it?

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