This year’s Portugal Day was last Wednesday. I confess I had forgotten about it until my mum sent me an email reminder, but I had already planned to go into town with my son and had been eyeing Fortnum & Mason’s website trying to figure out where to eat. It’s not as straightforward as it once was to eat these days: highchairs are useful and so is knowing you won’t be disturbing the other patrons (at least not too much).
Anyway, we arrived at Green Park at 10am, just when the stores were opening, so I went in to check the place out, see if I could spot highchairs and any accessibility issues, and maybe ask if I needed a reservation. The member of staff I spoke to was very polite and helpful and told me someone would help me with the buggy up the small staircase once I’d come back for lunch.
And so they did. Rafael and I had a very nice lunch in The Gallery. I had a glass of the Portuguese vinho verde to celebrate (about 4 times more expensive than an entire bottle in Portugal, but hey…). We had plenty of space for the buggy and the high chair, the room was bright and not busy (between 11.30am and 12.15pm), and the staff was polite and efficient.
It’s not super easy to find a nice lunch spot where you’ll have top service, a nice setting and where a little baby will not be a bother. We’d like to return at some point with Nicklas.