Family Friendly Outings: Greenwich Park & Market

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Having celebrated Thanksgiving with my office last Thursday and with the logistical nightmare of Going Back To Work looming ahead – I’ve spent the weekend contemplating just how precious time has become and easy it is to take things for granted.

Going out for some fresh air with our little family, being astonished by just how stunning the tree colours are and the pure joy of a frolicking pug on the loose really helped me to remember to take joy in the little things.

I’m thankful for my beautiful family (both the one that we created and the one that created me), being able to put (delectable) food on the table and having a quirky, creaky home to fill with said family and food.

Anyway! About the day out in Greenwich:

The Park

Greenwich Park was one of our favourite places to take our dog for a walk when we lived nearby. Plenty of space to roam around, a great view of the Shard and Canary Wharf on the horizon, the Observatory, tennis courts if you’re that way inclined and a playground – something for everyone.

There’s plenty of car parking spaces through the gates; it’s not the cheapest parking around but it sure is convenient. If you’re caught without coins, the machines take card also.

You might also be glad to know that there are clean facilities on site, near to the park gates at the top. They can be quite nippy inside though!

The Food

But after all of that walking comes the eating; there are a few places to eat within Greenwich Park itself but our go-to place is Greenwich Market’s food stalls.

They’ve recently redone the roof for the covered market, and it’s looking particularly festive and bright for this time of year.

For once, we agreed to share food so as to maximise our tastes of the meals!

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(Clockwise from top left) Roast Pork Banh Mi, Churros, Cuban Sandwich.

I’m a big fan of Vietnamese food, mostly because it’s the only Asian cuisine that I’ve not tried my hand at before so I enjoy the novelty of having it. So we had to have a Banh Mi to start with – no mean feat with a hungry baby in the pram and an incredibly excitable pug in tow.

Our solution when we’re out as a family is to stand on Coco’s leash, whilst one of us feeds Adelyn and the other scarpers down their portion!

Next was the Cuban Sandwich – I have been curious about this since watching Chef  – where I got to enjoy a bit of showmanship as the fella took a blowtorch to the cheese and it LIT UP. I did not know that cheese could catch on fire. Anyway – the bread was nice and crisp after a turn in the panini toaster and filling gloriously juicy inside- finger-lickingly messy to eat but hey I’m a mum so wet wipes and tissues are never far away.

KS then wandered off, tantalised by the Pizza Pocket (not the US snack, eww), so I went for Churros. But not just a Churros – a churros filled with dulce de leche or chocolate. OR BOTH. It’s not cheap though at £2.50 a stick but eh it’s vegan and you’re helping out an independent food purveyor so why not!

Yeah, we really needed the walk back through the park afterwards.

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