A surprise birthday meal at Joe’s Kitchen

Has it really been two weeks since we celebrated our gorgeous boys 6th birthday? It really has. I say this all too often but time is whizzing by, I really do need to find someone to build me a time machine. In attempt to savour the moment and to celebrate our boy turning 6 we surprised him by both meeting him at his classroom door at the end of the school day. With balloons in hand, a huge smile and feeling a little teary at the sight of my now 6 year olds little face as he saw us. We scooped him up and held on tight – it was the best cuddle, he looked so happy at the sight of us and this moment alone filled my mummy heart to the brim.

These moments when it is just the three of us really do make me smile, these are the memories that will stay with us, the moments that we’ll recall and of course a little photo or three for us to pin on our photo wall. These are the moments I cherish, it still feels like yesterday that we very nearly lost him – when we went into premature labour, the moment his heart stopped beating followed by the moment so many doctors and nurses filled the room. I often find myself feeling overwhelmed with emotion around his birthday, feeling so grateful that all turned out well in the end but reminded of the challenges we all faced at the start of our gorgeous boys life.

And so, let me get back to our boys birthday celebrations. I couldn’t let the school day get in the way of celebrating his birthday, so with the help of Joe’s Kitchen at Trentham Gardens we planned a little birthday meal for him. He loves the milkshakes and food so much that we thought it was quite rightly the only place to enjoy a little family meal, just us. And as it was a gorgeous summers night Mr H and I tried out the mocktail menu but of course George couldn’t be torn away from a traditional chocolate milkshake. He is definitely a creature of habit.

One of the reasons our boy loves this restaurant so much is the children’s corner which is packed with treats for all ages. And for that matter so do we – no need for phones and iPad’s keeping him entertained whilst we wait for food, just old fashioned conversation over a game of connect four and drawing on a chalk board.

The children’s menu is one of the best I have seen, as is the presentation – these little wooden boxes are the perfect touch and make it so much fun for the young ones. George also loves the children’s menu which is a huge tick in the parenting win box, and often spends most of his time switching between sausage and mash and fish fingers. Unlike a lot of the restaurants we visit there isn’t one choice he could turn his nose up at and personally I think it is great that they include fresh vegetables. And as he can now read it makes it so much more fun for him to choose what he is going to eat, right the way through to dessert!

The menu had changed slightly since we last visited so we decided that we would try something a little different. The food is always beautifully presented, full of colour and never disappoints. My Maple Glazed Pork & Pear Salad really had my taste buds going, some two weeks later I can still smell the freshness and zing of chilli and lime. I always worry when I choose a salad – will I be left feeling hungry, absolutely not. A really great choice which left Mr H waiting for my leftovers despite eating his fish pie! I’m sure it is on the job spec when you become a daddy to eat everyones leftovers, he certainly doesn’t go hungry that’s for sure.

Family time really is the best time. There was a time when eating out just wasn’t fun, when your little one is toddling about and food is either left cold or you are left with indigestion. Restaurants like Joe’s Kitchen have all bases covered – entertainment for the littles, good music and a shabby chic decor that impresses on walking in. We’ve been lucky that for the last couple of years he enjoys eating out as much as we do and despite not always being great with his food now eats almost everything that is on the menu. The only thing left to say is that Joe’s Kitchen gets a thumbs up from our little family.

* Disclosure – This is a collaborative post



  1. 15th July 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Ooh, I’ve been wanting to try Joe’s Kitchen for ages – it always looks busy when we go past it on our way in to Trentham, which is always a good sign. Now I’ve seen your photos and how yummy the food looks we’ll definitely pop in for dinner one day – especially love how well the kids are catered for. What a lucky boy he is to have you as his Mummy 🙂

  2. 17th July 2017 / 11:58 am

    Sounds like a fab place! I adore going out for lunch with my girls to places like this. It’s wonderful when you find restaurants that tick all the boxes xx

    • Life As Our Little Family
      25th July 2017 / 9:04 am

      Such great food and a really relaxed atmosphere with good music always gets my vote x

  3. 28th July 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Family time really is the best time!! I’ve been to Bills without kids before, had never thought about taking them with me. Perhaps that’s because I quite like the wine and cocktail menu Xxx

  4. 31st July 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I’ve never heard of Joe’s Kitchen but it sounds and looks gorgeous!! I do love your beautiful family posts KA, you know how to do it right xxx

  5. 31st July 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Oh what a lovely thing to do as a surprise for his birthday. I am sad that I didn’t get a place that was light enough or instagrammable for MM birthday party so nothing to share but we had a great day in the life day celebrations lucky. He is so handsome KA going to break hearts. #wrc

    • Life As Our Little Family
      5th August 2017 / 7:34 am

      Ha ha yes the food is always so lovely at Joe’s

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