Rojano’s in the Square in Padstow is a real gem of a restaurant where not only is the food a cut above the rest, but it’s also extremely child-friendly.
Rojano’s in the pretty Cornish town of Padstow is one of those restaurants that looks like it might be too fancy to cater for toddlers and their delightful table manners.
However the truth is that from the moment we made a booking and I mentioned our two and four-year-old would be with us and that they can be a “little loud” (to put it mildly), the staff were nothing but helpful and understanding.
Where is Rojano’s?
Rojano’s has a lovely location down a little street just a stone’s throw from Padstow Harbour. Most of the seating inside the restaurant does not have a view of the harbour, however you get a glance from the conservatory room, and from the lovely terrace on the first floor.
It’s right in the heart of this gorgeous seaside town, surrounded by the little boutique shops, very British pubs and ice cream shops that make Padstow so gorgeous to visit.
There’s a car park a short walk away across the harbour, although in peak summer days it does fill up rather quickly, so make sure you plan ahead if you have a booking.
Is Rojano’s in the Square toddler-friendly?
We had walked by Rojano’s a few times and glanced in through to the glass of the large conservatory room where a chunk of the seating is located.
We noticed a lot of couples, but after passing a few different times we spotted there was the odd person with small children dining there too. Result!
If that wasn’t enough to convince us, there is also a specific children’s menu.
I popped in on foot to book our table and mentioned the kids would be with us. We wanted to eat at 5pm, so I was worried there wouldn’t be so many fellow parents at that time.
However the lady who took our booking reassured me they could seat us where the kids wouldn’t be a bother to anyone. It’s so nice to look forward to a meal knowing that you’re going to be able to relax, at least a little.
When we returned for our meal we were seated in a roomy booth that’s separated from the rest of the restaurant by a glass wall. It’s right next to the bustle of the kitchen, so there was so much background noise that if the kids did get a bit rowdy from time to time, it wouldn’t bother anyone else.
The waiting staff went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable, and gave the kids pens and an activity sheet to colour in.
If you’re taking a baby with you, it’s worth noting that the restaurant is a little tight to fit buggies next to the tables. We left our buggy by the front desk.
What about the food?
Eating at Rojano’s is like taking a trip to Italy without leaving Cornwall.
It’s the perfect blend of elegant cooking combined with comfort food that you want from a relaxing meal with the family.
As we felt relaxed and comfortable the kids were entertained, we went for starters and mains.
The girls had the garlic bread, which was absolutely delicious. It had a beautifully crispy base and the most amazing flavour. The girls gobbled theirs up. For our two, it was quite a lot of food and they were a bit too full for their main so I would probably avoid a started for them in the future until they’re a little older.
We also shared a portion of the Giarraffa olives, which were marinated in olive oil, lemon and thyme. These were absolutely amazing, the lemon flavour was so subtle but absolutely delicious. They came with stones in, so I had to cut them up for the girls to eat, but they loved them too.
For my starter I had the Sicilian arancini. This was a crisp bolognese and parmesan risotto shaped into delicious little deep fried balls and served with Madeira mayonnaise which was just the best mayonnaise I’ve ever tasted. It was sharp but still full of flavour.
My husband had the ham and mustard, which was a gorgeous dish. Prosciutto and celeriac remoulade served with pickled gherkins on chargrilled crostini. It looked like such a simple dish but it was so delicious.
For a main the girls each had a Margherita pizza from the kids menu. You can add toppings but my two prefer theirs plain!
I had the Diavola pizza, which came with salami, peppers, green chillies and jalapenos. It was one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. The base was the perfect mix of crisp, slightly charred around the edges and flavourful. The toppings were amazing.
I couldn’t manage a dessert but the girls had the vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce from the children’s menu.
The bill came to around £120 for the four of us. Me and my husband had a bottle of wine, plus one small glass. It’s not the cheapest meal you can find in Padstow, however you’ll struggle to find food this good in a place that’s child-friendly too.
What did we think of Rojano’s in the Square?
The food was out of this world and we will definitely be going back when we’re in Padstow again.
It’s so lovely to find a restaurant that serves up food for foodies, but also caters for small children too.
I wouldn’t take kids there in the evenings later than 7.30pm, however an early dinner there is absolutely fine. I saw plenty of children there at lunch times as well, and the staff are more than happy to welcome kids to the restaurant.
The decor inside is really fab, with some funky pictures adorning the walls and a really cool balcony terrace featuring a lovely view of the harbour (I’m sure those seats get snapped up fast when the weather is right).
In terms of the cost I would be more than happy to pay it again. Yes it was a treat, but it was so worth the money to have a grown-up meal where the children could relax and enjoy too.
It’s worth mentioning Rojano’s also has a takeout option for it’s delicious pizzas, so if you’re staying in the area you can enjoy a taste of what they have to offer even if you can’t have a sit down meal there.
The essential details
Rojano’s opening times: Coffee and cake is served from 10am. The full menu is served from midday to 9.30pm.
Collection is available from midday to 3pm and then 5pm to 10.30pm seven days a week.
Telephone: 01841 532093
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