One of the things I loved most about the Christmas holidays was how our days slowed right down. In stark contrast to the hectic term-time bustle of a 6.30am alarm call (who am I kidding? Our child is our alarm call) and a mad dash to get ready and reach the school gates by 8.45am, we did a whole lot of lounging around in our PJs, long breakfasts and movie watching.
We also ate out a lot, sometimes going to our favourite local cafe for a sandwich and sometimes treating ourselves to a burger and milkshake in town. One day, in that limbo period between Christmas and New Year, we let the five year choose where we’d eat, and she said “Can we go and get chocolate pizza?” – she hadn’t lost her mind, I promise – it’s one of the desserts on the kids’ menu at ASK Italian.
So we piled on down to our local ASK Italian – we’re pretty much regulars in there, not just because of the chocolate pizza, but because the food’s always great, the service is always spot on, and the five year old can watch her food being made in the open kitchen, which she LOVES.
A great thing about ASK is the crudités they bring kids – cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, garlic bread strips and a dip – perfect for keeping them going while the grown ups take ages to decide what to order. They also have puzzles and colouring, which change every few months, so you’re not stuck with a child saying they’ve done it before, too many times. The five year old always orders the same thing (spaghetti carbonara but without the sauce… don’t ask) from the kids’ menu which is a very reasonable £6.75.
The five-year-old watching the chefs at work