Child friendly restaurants have oft been given a bad rap, which is something chef and new dad Andy Bedford had in mind when opening Charlie’s. A community cafe and restaurant where you can unwind over a cup of coffee, nurse a glass of wine or savour some quality grub, it’s a place you can feel comfortable with kids or without.
“We want people to come in with their kids and not feel they’re being rushed out,” Bedford explains.
Formerly of Charcoal Lane, Bedford climbed the ranks from chef de partie to head chef before making the move to opening his own venture, housed in the former shell of Marmalade & Soul.
The food is not overly complicated or fancy – there’s nothing particularly outlandish on the menu – it’s just seasonal, local produce done well.
Breakfast offerings include bircher muesli or bacon and eggs (smaller portions offered for smaller appetites, boiled eggs with soldiers upon request), while toasted Turkish rolls served with fries and salad hit the spot at lunch time. At night, Bedford allows his creativity to reign with, perhaps, pan seared duck breast and confit duck parcels with bitter orange sauce for the grownups (and fish of the day with fries and healthy steamed vegetables for the kids) complemented by a glass from the wine list created by friend and wine enthusiast Bronwyn Kabboord of Merricote.